NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN Saturday 8th of June & Sunday 9th of June
Nominations are open for: 3 Litre Sedan Michael Fitzgerald Memorial Kevin Baker Ltd. Sportsman Challenge… Street Stock 1000 (Min 20 cars or will be club show only) Vintage Hot Rods SSA Ladies Feature SSA Open Sedans SSA Juniors V8 Trucks Mechanics Sedan and Mechanic Ltd. Sportsman. Wingless Sprints Double Header please nominate to your association.
With heavy hearts with the passing of class
patriarch Kevin ‘Kev’ Baker last week, Horshams Limited Sportsman
drivers will again be vying to take home the coveted Kevin Baker
Always a great supporter of the Limited Sportsman class, and a
proponent of giving everyone a ‘go’and putting on a show for the
crowd Kev loved to watch battles throughout the whole field during an
event and the format of the event reflects his love.
The format will see points accumulated throughout the heat races
with the highest point scorers starting at the rear of the field
giving all competitors a great chance of victory and Kev’s dream
was to reward all those competitors that turn up race after race for
the love of the sport above all else. It also gave the dominant
drivers a chance to ‘show their stuff’ in the always entertaining
The Sporties live the speedway life from a time where winning was
a goal but having fun and helping other racers to learn the sport in
a family oriented safe and supporting environment with others which
was Kev’s goal for the class.
As the promoter of the Challenge, Kev’s son Clint sponsors the
event and has carried on the tradition with his own company Compass
Powder Coating always having a sporty or two in the yard ready to be
worked on to keep the class going and growing. Last years winner Mark
McDonald is sure to have his tail up with the likes of Nathan
Buckley, Jock Baker, Godfrey, Ansell, Matthews, McKenzie and a legion
of drivers promising to make the trip out to celebrate Kev’s life
and legacy and maybe take home a trophy as a bonus.
Wingless Sprintcars will be ending their WWS Super Series at Blue
Ribbon and if the last few events have proven anything these drivers
will not be holding back to be number one. Following on from strong
showings at recent outings the event promises to be well contested.
With in excess of 20 of these high powered light weight cars
nominated at press time the numbers are sure to grow and with the
Kalkee surface sure to be in great conditions fans can be assured
that this will be a must see event.
After a season of ups and downs will this be the time for Steven
Hateley to shine in his Horsham Offroad/ Carmans windscreens hot rod
on his home track or Jordan Nicholas and Braden Parr to dominate or
will we see Carly Walsh show the boys a thing or two. With these cars
anything can and usually does happen.
The mighty minis of the V8 powered Super Rods will bring their
best to Horsham as their long season continues. With the return of
Shaun Walsh to the ranks the season has been a revolving door of
winners with Coad, Walsh, Gange and Gleeson joining series Champion
Ewan McKenzie in the lineup. After securing his fourth title in 37
years of competition the never aging McKenzie is sure to be up front
proving that ‘it aint over till its over’ as these V8 powered
machines steam around the 440 metres of Wimmera clay.
V8 trucks and a full program of supporting classes will also run so remember to pack a blanket and a chair or arrive early and secure a spot on the bank and watch from the warmth of your car. Gates open 4:30 with racing getting under way at 5:30
Blue Ribbon Raceway will come alive on Saturday night with Open
Wheel action and celebration as Horsham Motorsports Club hosts the
Les McMaster Memorial for Limited Sportsman and the Robin Thomas
Memorial for V8 trucks supported by the SDAV Hot Rods Production
Sedans and Street Stocks.
Limited Sportsman drivers from across
the state will converge on the Kalkee track in search of a win in the
prestigious Les McMaster Memorial that has previously been won by
Jock Baker and Mark McDonald among others and both have shown great
support for the event and have battled hard over the years to take
the victory. Both drivers are nominated and will be sure to battle
again for the trophy that personifies the class that Les had a hand
in progressing until his passing and the legacy that the trophy
brings to the class. Not to be out done by the guys newcomer Katelyn
Worthy and Jenny Godfrey will be trying to show that they can give as
well as the guys and will be out to prove that point.
Horshams own V8 trucks will again be out in force to compete hard
for the Robin Thomas Memorial trophy on the wide open spaces of the
Track in the Paddock, and they need it. Celebrating Robin Thomas, a
stalwart of the club over many years as a Jack of all trades and a,
I’ll get it figured out, type of guy and a man that held many
positions within the club, from a volunteer to President and grader
driver to V8 truck driver these guys have shoes to fill, big ones.
With Luke ‘Redda’ James, Fletcher Mills and Wes Bell all keen to
secure the win the field will be spread track wide all race with
Redda on the high line as usual wearing the paint off the wall and a
flock of screaming V8’s in close pursuit. For those that have not
seen these trucks in action it is a sight to see these drivers
wrestling the big race trucks around the circuit.
After an absence of over two decade the SDAV hot rods are
returning to Kalkee to become reacquainted with the wide long track
and will definitely put on a great show. With names such as Marco,
Hovey, Jenkins, Meakins and West, names that show a long lineage in
hot rods, in the line up for their Thunder Down Under series the long
history of this club can not be denied. Only one driver in the
current crop can claim any racing knowledge of the track and that is
Phil Jenkins who has been racing ‘hot rods’ since the earliest
days and throughout the transition to today’s high tech machines
from the backyard racers of yesteryear. Beginning in the early 50’s
the ‘A Grade’ hot rod has grown from a cut up 30’s model Ford
or similar car using side valve V8’s through the years to 6
cylinder and finally small block V8’s today. The Hot Rod was the
catalyst for many other forms of racing including Sprintcars and
Super Rods of today and are a light weight version of the Heavy Hot
Rod more commonly seen in the West of Victoria and South Australia.
After his victory in the State Title last weekend, Stan Marco Snr,
who’s Father also Stan Snr dominated hot rods through the 70’s
and 80’s, will be looking to continue his winning ways on Saturday
night. There will be 4 Marco cars in the line-up on Saturday night. A
unique feature of the appearance of the SDAV cars will be the use of
an original restored SDAV car from 1973 as a pace car for the night.
This car ran against many of the drivers in Saturdays meeting driven
by Maurie Moss throughout Southern Australia and is a great contrast
to today’s cars. It is still demonstrating on track and owned and
driven by Leanne Shanks and Mark Cowin of Beulah who restored the
Proddies will be making an appearance with a nice field in what
has been a very busy schedule racing across the state for these
teams. After a hectic Title held at Hamilton recently and the absence
of the interstate and intrastate teams this could be the time for the
locals to shine. Sophomore driver Ryan Queale has shown promise this
season with some nice finishes and tempered with some dissapointment
getting tangled up in other cars issues, Ryan is more than determined
to put on a good showing for his legion of local supporters. Team
Queale has put together a very professional squad with their team
uniforms and dad Shaun is doing his best keeping the car pointed in
the right direction as well as, of course, keeping other teams cars
on track as is the family atmosphere of the class. Ryan will have to
contend with the teams of Sparrow, Calderwood and Wilson among others
that will keep him honest. Street Stocks will also be putting on a
good showing in their own way with tight and very entertaining racing
that will have the fans on their feet all night.