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.

Wingless Sprints will be sure to put on a heated battle as the struggle to keep their V6 powered machines grounded without the aerodynamic advantage of their winged brethren. After battling amongst themselves this season the Limited Sportsman will be looking to close out their competition with the Baker Boys trying to redeem themselves. After watching Mark MacDonald take the Kevin Baker Challenge trophy and Dillon Siely the Vic 1 it is sure to be a hard fought weekend of racing.

Street Stocks will have a lot on their minds with the Street Stock 1000 paying $1000 for the win and prize money paid down to 20th position in 5 heats and an A and B main over the two days of racing. The always competitive ‘Streeties’ will be sure to push their cars to the limit with a long off season ahead to repair any damage from the racing.

Three Litre Sedans make there final appearance of the year with a feature that will showcase some of the best of the class trying to end their year on a high. After a season of door slamming action through out the state, the group of club stalwarts are still showing the younger drivers a clean pair of heels.

BATTLE: SSA Juniors always push their limits when they are on the track. PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography
BATTLE: SSA Juniors always push their limits when they are on the track.
PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography

SSA classes will be putting their best efforts forward with the appearance the Open Sedans, Ladies and the up and coming class of tomorrow the SSA Juniors who are sure to put on a great show at the start of their speedway lives.

V8 Trucks will again be closing out their season at their home track. The big wheels of Luke ‘Redda’ James trying to once again ride the top groove and lead the growing field of trucks in their always entertaining way. This class that is unique to the ‘Track in the Paddock at Kalkee’ and a crowd favourite for many years.

Taking the always appreciative crowd back to the future will be the spirited demonstrations of the Vintage Heavy Hot Rods and Sedans. These cars date back to another time in the history of speedway when it was known as Hot Rod racing and was an outlet for young men coming back from overseas battles and needing an outlet for their energy’s.

These cars were built from car wrecking yards and put together in sheds and service stations in an effort to see who’s handy work was better on the tracks and short circuits of the area. The majority of the cars on track this weekend will be cars that were raced ’Back in the day’ and were then abandoned in tips and back paddocks, before being rescued and lovingly rebuilt by their new owners to run again on tracks around the state in a pure demonstration of the way it was.

Also as a throwback to the old picnic race meetings of old, the weekend will also feature Mechanics Races where those that ‘know’ will put it all out there to show the ‘normal’ drivers that the cars can actually go faster than they drive them, usually with dramatic and surprising effect.

With the seasons changing fans are reminded to get to the track early to secure a spot on the hill to park and enjoy the view from their cars or bring a comfy chair and a blanket to watch what will surely be two days of great action to close out the season at Blue Ribbon Raceway.

Gates will open Saturday at 2pm with the action to start at 3pm, Sunday the action to start at 1pm.

Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for pensioners and $10 for students.

Children under 12 get in for free.