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Tribute to Horsham Motor Sports Club president Michael Fitzgerald

He re-married to Sue Hicks on July 26, 1980. Michael had two grandchildren, Kirra and Kai. Mrs Hicks said Michael would be missed by his family and the wider community.

“Michael could be a pain and was very set in his ways, but all his mates just loved him,” she said.  “He would always be the first person there if someone needed.

“He was a diesel mechanic and a truck driver. He wanted his ashes scattered across the Nullarbor Plains, and that’s been known for many years.  “He drove many trucks across the plains and it was like home to him. I will have to take a road trip up there soon.”

Horsham Motor Sports Club and Mick Fitzgerald featured in the Wimmera Mail-Times on April 9, 2008.

Michael always had a passion for motor sports and was president of the Horsham Motor Sports Club since 2008.  In 2007, he was named a life member of the club he loved dearly. He spent many years as a committee member and competitor.

Michael lived in Geelong for a number of years but relocated to Horsham in the early 1980s and quickly became involved with the club. “He started being involved with cars when he was 19 at Hamilton and he always had to have fast cars.

“He started up here in Horsham since about 1982,” Mrs Hicks said. “He had a real passion for the club. It took us a long time to get a state title and he put a lot of work into the club. When we got the national title that was huge. He was given an award from the association and our track got an award too.”

Michael recently handed out awards at the club’s presentation night.

Mrs Hicks said Michael was always proud of his son Andrew, who is the chief executive officer of EA Sports in America.
“He idolised his son and worshipped the ground he walked on,” she said.  “We would meet up with Andrew whenever he was in Australia and went to America to spend time with him. Michael was very, very proud of him. Andrew has a beautiful personality and is very much like his dad.”

Michael suffered with type one diabetes and seven years ago had open heart surgery.
“He passed away suddenly but peacefully in his sleep,” Mrs Hicks said.

“He has gone racing.”

 

 

By Sean Wales

SOURCE: Wimmera Mail Times, October 9, 2018

Blue Ribbon Raceway Season Opener Cancelled due to Lack of Nominations

READY: Cars line up at the Blue Ribbon Raceway in June 2016. PHOTO: Paul Carracher

KALKEE’S Blue Ribbon Raceway season opener has been cancelled due to a lack of numbers.

The AMCA V8 series and Three Litre Sedan feature event was originally set for December 27.

Horsham Motor Sports Club Committee member and promotions officer Jamie Collins said there was not enough nominations for this year’s event.

“We didn’t want to put on a disappointing show with a lack of nominations”, he said.

“It normally is quite a popular event but with the good harvest season our volunteers and drivers, who are predominately farmers, are pretty tied up.  “We are disappointed but we will be looking forward to our next race.”

Collins said they would not be rescheduling as the timing was too tight and would instead look to preparations for its feature 360 sprint cars event on February 4 next year.

By Rochelle Brown

SOURCE: Wimmera Mail Times, December 21, 2016

Blue Ribbon Turns Twenty

Flagman Dylan Simpson at Blue Ribbon Raceway. PHOTO: WImmera Mail TImes
Flagman Dylan Simpson at Blue Ribbon Raceway.
PHOTO: WImmera Mail TImes

The Horsham Motor Sports Club will celebrate Blue Ribbon Raceway’s 20th anniversary as it draws the 2016 season to a close on Saturday the 13th of August.

Club president Mick Fitzgerald said the club had come a long way over 20 years.

“Before the track was built we were a travelling club,” he said. “We’ve made a lot of upgrades over the years.

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Premature End to Race Return

BACK ON TRACK: Dean Baker returns to racing with his restored Limited Sportsman. PHOTO: Leanne Shanks
BACK ON TRACK: Dean Baker returns to racing with his restored Limited Sportsman.
PHOTO: Leanne Shanks

Dimboola driver Dean Baker was ready to race his for the first time in 25 years on Saturday at the Blue Ribbon Raceway. Baker had worked tirelessly to restore the same car that achieved a Victorian title in 1988 for Saturday’s race.

Unfortunately, Baker was unable to finish the race in the restored beauty, his clutch blowing out in his second race.

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