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
Mechanics Sedan and Mechanic Ltd. Sportsman.
Wingless Sprints Double Header please nominate to your association.
Nominations close Monday 3rd of June 2019
Please nominate via our website – Simply follow the link http://www.blueribbonraceway.com.au/nominations/
and enter the required details (Please note you only need to nominate once for the whole weekend)
All classes must have a minimum of 4 cars to run as per HMSC club by-laws. HMSC reserve the right to cancel a class if there is less than 4 cars nominated.
by Mark Cowin
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 Challenge trophy.
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 class.
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
by Mark Cowin.
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.
SDAV Hot Rods
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 car.
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.