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ROLLING THUNDER RETURNS

THUNDER: AMCA’s will bring the thunder to Horsham for the Country Cup. PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography

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.

HISTORIC: Vintage Hot Rods in their nostalgic demonstration at Blue Ribbon Raceway. PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography

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.

Speedway Season Ends with old Fashion Picnic

VINTAGE: Jamie Pridham gets up close and under the wheel of Dave Monaro. PHOTO: M&L Speedwawy Photography
VINTAGE: Jamie Pridham gets up close and under the wheel of Dave Monaro.
PHOTO: M&L Speedwawy Photography

Horsham Motor Sports Club brought their 2017/18 season to a close over the Queens Birthday long weekend with an old fashioned Sunday Butchers Picnic.

Featuring Wingless Sprints, Limited Sportsman, Three Litre Sedans, SSA Juniors, Street Stocks, three Vintage Classes and Horshams own V8 Trucks and, as a salute to the past, mechanics were strapped into the cars they work and set loose to strut their stuff.

A small amount of rain hit the track in the days before and the track crew  worked hard to prepare the racing surface. As usual the track came up beautifully and it was a credit to the team. Continue reading Speedway Season Ends with old Fashion Picnic

Speedway Carnival to end Season

HOOKED UP: Wingless Sprints are sure to entertain the crowd at the Speedway Carnival at Blue Ribbon Raceway. PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography
HOOKED UP: Wingless Sprints are sure to entertain the crowd at the Speedway Carnival at Blue Ribbon Raceway.
PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography

Another successful season for the Horsham Motor Sports Club is coming to a climactic end on the Queens Birthday weekend this Saturday and Sunday.

After a long season of Club, State and National titles, this weekend will hark back to the early days of speedway with a two day meeting featuring many of the classes that have been the backbone of speedway in the region and the sport.

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Coad Conquers Conditions

Challenging conditions including a late afternoon rain shower tested competitors in the Victorian Title for Super Rods at Horsham’s Blue Ribbon Raceway on Saturday night.

Super Rods

NUMBER 1: New Victoria 1 Michael Coad powers his way to victory at Blue Ribbon. PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography
NUMBER 1: New Victoria 1 Michael Coad powers his way to victory at Blue Ribbon.
PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography

With 11mm of rain over the previous week, track crews had their hands full getting the track surface in a condition to suit the prestigious Victorian Title event. By the time the cars hit the track for the grand parade there was nothing to do but sit back and watch the most entertaining and challenging competition.

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Super Rods to battle for State Title

Victoria #1 Andrew Howard leads a hard charging Michael Coad in recent Super Rod action. PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography
Victoria #1 Andrew Howard leads a hard charging Michael Coad in recent Super Rod action.
PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography

Blue Ribbon Raceway will be the scene for the return of the Mighty Mites of Speedway when the V8 Super Rods contest their Victorian State Title on May 5th.

Spectators will be on their feet with the always tight racing of these V8 powered machines that have evolved from the heavy hot rods of the past to now be the equivalent of a wingless V8 Sprintcar with engine capacities up to 5.5 litres (360 cu in) and the body of a Mini Minor or Suzuki Swift among others. Without the use of any aerodynamics these cars can prove to be hard to handle and the racing is sure to be hard and fast on the wide open Blue Ribbon clay.

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