Speedway Fans Flock to See New Category

WRESTLING FOR SUPREMACY: Horsham brothers David, left, and Gavin Puis enjoy a warm-up arm wrestle before racing in their Cortina street stocks at Blue Ribbon Speedway. The brothers have a fierce rivalry on the track but the more experienced Gavin won the honors on Saturday night, finishing second in the street stocks final. PHOTO: Paul Carracher
WRESTLING FOR SUPREMACY: Horsham brothers David, left, and Gavin Puis enjoy a warm-up arm wrestle before racing in their Cortina Street Stocks at Blue Ribbon Speedway. The brothers have a fierce rivalry on the track but the more experienced Gavin won the honors on Saturday night, finishing second in the street stocks final.
PHOTO: Paul Carracher

Fans at Horsham’s Blue Ribbon Raceway flocked to see Australian Motor Car Association cars in action for only the second time in Victoria.

Raceway publicity officer Di Bell said many drivers and crew members competing in other classes were keen to inspect the new class of speedway cars. AMCA races promote drivers’ ability rather than technological know-how. Only 250cc V8 Holden engines are allowed.

“The AMCA drivers had brought caps and other giveaways to hand out after each race,” Mrs Bell said.

ROUNDING A TURN: Street stock cars race around a bend during a heat at Blue Ribbon Raceway. Dean Thomas, in car number 78, leads his fellow Horsham drivers Steve Ellis and Gavin Puis into the straight. PHOTO: Paul Carracher
ROUNDING A TURN: Street STock cars race around a bend during a heat at Blue Ribbon Raceway. Dean Thomas, in car number 78, leads his fellow Horsham drivers Steve Ellis and Gavin Puis into the straight. PHOTO: Paul Carracher

“This created quite a rush at the ‘gates waiting for the races to finish and the pit gates to open for the public.”

Mrs Bell said the AMCAs were a hit with the crowd despite only four cars attending. Many cars were unable to make repairs in time after racing at Bendigo the previous Wednesday.

The club’s second best crowd of about 900 spectators attended · the Horsham Motor Sports Club meeting in warm weather on Saturday night.

Results

Three LItre: R. Burrows I, D. Clarke 2, L. Bell 3
Street Stocks: S. Ellis, G. Puis, D. Thomas
Combined A Modified and Super Saloons: N. Eltze, P. Mason, R. Buckley
Limited Sportsman: G. Ross, P. Baker, R. Tyler
Ladies: T. Davies, W. Duff, S. Watts

Ben Rabl and Daniel Lawson won rides in a speedway car.

SOURCE: The Mail-Times January 8, 1997