Saturday night saw a full house at Blue Ribbon Raceway for a great night of open wheel action to start the new race season off in great style.
Featured events for the meeting were the Formula 500 for the continuation of speed weeks. 33 cars made their way to Horsham from the previous nights action at Hamilton, with most teams arriving with few issues from the nights action.
The formula 500 cars look very similar to Sprintcars with their large wings but are powered by 500cc motorbike engines and the speeds are impressive. With the formula cars divided into three fields and competing in six heat races the action began early with perfect weather greeting the race crews and spectators alike.
With 21 cars attending the final run for the season it was certainly a trip down memory lane for some of the older speedway fans up in the crowd over the two days of demonstrations.
We had several older guys actually pay to enter the pits on the second day just so they could be up close and talk amongst the drivers about there days gone by. They all went away Sunday night with the thought of “if only I could find a car” ,and I’m sure today they are still talking and thinking about it.
Horsham threw the typical June long weekend weather at us with thick fog and 2° temperatures through till 11am then seeing the sun shine till 5pm before it started repeating the night before hands weather pattern. The track was soft, slimy and very wide as usual,but lots of fun none the less.
Despite a few setbacks with the weather this season Horsham Motorsports Club wrapped up their 2016/17 schedule with a stellar week end with their Winter Speedway Carnival featuring Wingless Sprintcars, Limited Sportsman, Three Litre sedans, Ladies, Juniors, Street Stocks and open sedans and the annual visit of the Vintage heavy Hot Rods, Stock cars and the addition of a new class of vintage sedans (Tin Tops) debuting for the first time at the Track in The Paddock at Kalkee.
Day one on Saturday saw a thick layer of fog settle on the facility as the very capable and dedicated track crew worked their magic on the track surface and as drivers gathered at trackside there were a lot of nodding heads and knowing glances as lines were looked for well before the rubber hit the clay.
With nominations for the event numbering almost 120 cars already in the books the club was thrilled to have over 130 cars in the pits by race time due to the cancellation of a meeting in Sydney and last minute decisions by others to have another “Kick at the Can”.