FES­TI­VAL OF SPEED ON TRACK FOR RES­UR­REC­TION

Tweed Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - — - BOB AN­THONY

WHEN it comes to help­ing the Fes­ti­val of Speed on Tweed get back up and run­ning, Ian May­berry is one per­son keep ‘track’ of events.

Mr May­berry was Clerk of the Course for pre­vi­ous Speed on Tweed events.

He is work­ing with CAMS recog­nised track in­spec­tor Bill Crouch to pre­pare a sub­mis­sion for the na­tional mo­tor­ing rac­ing author­ity, re­gard­ing the track for the Mur­willum­bah event which is planned for Septem­ber this year.

Hav­ing gath­ered data and in­for­ma­tion from pre­vi­ous Speed meet­ings Mr May­berry said the fo­cus would be on pub­lic and driver safety.

“Be­cause this has been a suc­cess­fully run event in the past, that should carry good stand­ing with CAMS who now has a new safety of­fi­cer who per­haps may not be as fa­mil­iar with Speed as his pre­de­ces­sor,” Mr May­berry said.

“Our pri­or­ity will also be on pub­lic pro­tec­tion around the course and we are iden­ti­fy­ing that now in pre­par­ing our sub­mis­sion which we hope to have off to CAMS shortly.”

Mr May­berry said, with the track ap­proval pend­ing, en­sur­ing that fund­ing was in place was also a ma­jor pri­or­ity.

In that re­gard, the flag is about to drop on a ma­jor com­mu­nity fundraiser for the Fes­ti­val of Speed on Tweed as prepa­ra­tions for the his­toric mo­tor­ing rac­ing event gain mo­men­tum.

Fes­ti­val chair Tonny van’t Riet said the fundraiser raf­fle would see 1000 tick­ets for sale at $100 each with first prize of $30,000. Sec­ond prize is a party boat cruise for 50 peo­ple on the Spirit of Wol­lumbin pro­vided by Mt Warn­ing Tours.

“We have con­ducted some polls to see what would be a rea­son­able amount and to have a one in 1000 chance of win­ning a ma­jor cash prize is a pretty good in­cen­tive,” Mr van’t Riet said.

“With each ticket pur­chased, we will also in­clude one gen­eral week­end pass to Speed.

“Tick­ets will go on sale from Jan­uary 14 at se­lected out­lets with the raf­fle be­ing drawn on March 16 at the Mur­willum­bah Foot­ball Club grounds.

“We en­vis­age ac­tiv­i­ties for kids on the day of the draw to start from about 4.30pm with a dis­play of his­toric cars.”

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PHOTO: CRAIG SADLER

RAC­ING: Speed on Tweed is mak­ing a comeback.

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