Blue Ribbon Speedway fans, competitors and club members showed their class in remembrance of long time Club President Mick Fitzgerald at the clubs first meeting of the year on December 29.
On a night where hearts were heavy Horsham Motor Sports Club conducted the first event of the 2018/19 season, with the feature event of the evening being the Country Cup for AMCA’s and a return visit of the Vintage Hot Rods and Saloons cars ably supported by Limited Sportsman and Horsham’s own V8 trucks.Continue reading Speedway Community shows class
Horsham Motorsports Club opens its 2018/19 season with the roar of V8 engines old and new on Saturday December 29th with the running of the AMCA Country Cup and the return of the Vintage Heavy Hot Rods and Saloon Cars.
Also on the program will be Blue Ribbons own V8 trucks, Open Sedans, Limited Sportsman, Street Stocks and SSA ladies.
The opening meeting of this season being held between Christmas and New Year celebrations will be tempered with the knowledge that this will be the first meeting in many years without long time club stalwart, life member and long time President Michael ‘Mick’ Fitzgerald standing on the edge of the track making sure the fans got the best show on dirt. Big Mick passed away in the off season and will be sorely missed by all.
The AMCA drivers have had a stop start season with weather delays and are keen to get back on track for the second season of racing with the ‘new’ Chevy ‘crate’ engines that are showing great promise against the tried and true Holden V8’s that have been the back bone of the class for many years. After the Victorian Title, taken out by Tim Reidy at Moama, a large field is expected to compete for the Country Cup. The AMCA drivers will also be racing with heavy hearts after the loss of long time competitor and supporter Allan Cullinger at the start of the season.
Vintage Hot Rods and Saloon Cars will be making another return to Blue Ribbon and with the growth of the class this has lead to a separation of the Open wheel Hot Rods and the full guarded Saloons with the Hot Rods running in a clockwise direction and the Saloons anti clockwise.
These cars are a mix of fully restored cars from the years prior to the mid 80’s and replica and tribute cars hand built and brought to a condition that, with their spirited demonstrations, will take the race fans back to the golden age of dirt track racing with the sounds of side valve Ford V8 engines, Valiant, Holden and Chevy and later model Ford engines as the drivers muscle their cars in a demonstration of the past.
Horsham’s Truckies will also be out to release some of their built up tension on the track after long days on the highway as the V8 trucks will be out in their own inimitable style of high wide and handsome racing as they battle their heavy weight hot rods around the tight confines of the Kalkee circuit. The trucks always put on a great show and everyone will be trying to catch the always fast Redda on his turf.
Limited Sportsman will be sure to show up to do battle on their home track and with an already heavy schedule the drivers have had time to iron out some of the off season kinks and some have found kinks they did not know they had but will always give their fans a red hot go.
Street Stock are a growing class and the popularity of these cars shows at any meeting they run at. The never say die attitude and hammer down driving style always has the crowd on its feet from the green flag to the chequers and this meeting will be no different. Fans can be assured that all of the Streetie drivers will leave it all on the track at the end of the night.
Also on the program will be Open Sedans and the SSA Ladies out to put on a great show as usual.
Gates open at 5:30 and racing from 6:30. Full catering will be
available with limited car parking on the hill in the north turn and
lots of room on the grass so bring your chairs and blankets for a great
night out at the Track in The Paddock.
MICHAEL Fitzgerald, who was president of the Horsham Motor Sports Club, died in his sleep on October 3.
He was born on March 21, 1952 to parents Agnes and Peter at Coleraine. Michael grew up at Harrow and was the youngest of three children. He had a late older sister named Agnes, and is survived by his older brother Peter. Michael had one son from his first marriage, Andrew Wilson.