FESTIVAL OF SPEED ON TRACK FOR RESURRECTION
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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