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.
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
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
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
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.
If you are part of a Club or Racing Team, etc. you are invited to wear your relevant uniforms or colours, others attending are invited to dress in neat casual.
You are also invited to share your memories of Mick at the celebration with those gathered during precedings. However if you wish to have something read out on your behalf, please send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like any further information, please contact Horsham Motor Sports Club or Horsham & District Funerals.