Speedway Set to Blow the Doors Off for Season Opener

Jock Baker is sure to put on a show at Blue Ribbon Raceway.
PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography.

Horsham Motorsports Club is set to open the season on December 30th with a high speed line up and a blast from the past at their Blue Ribbon Raceway in Kalkee.

Featured on the card will be the McDonalds Horsham Wild West Shootout for AMCA open wheel cars and the very fast Formula 500’s for their Speedweeks program.

Also featured will be the local favorites the Limited Sportsman and a return to the big track of the Vintage Hot Rods and Sedans.

Both the AMCA’s and Formula 500’s will have a busy weekend ahead with both classes running on the Friday night, the 29th in Hamilton and followed up at Kalkee on the Saturday night. It should help set up a great night of racing with both group being very competitive.

AMCA have had recent change in engine rules which now allow small block Chevy crate engines to run against the still hard running 253 Holdens, showing a real shakeup in the fields.

In their last outing at Redline Raceway, the AMCA drivers proved to be hard chargers as usual with the names of Collins, Heseltine, McCarthy and Culliger featuring during the heats to set up a great final.

With a Stewards penalty resulting in a DNS to Collins the final was a hard fought battle with Ryder Heseltine and Moore followed by McCarthy and Culliger making the racing fast and tight.

After a late restart the car of Ryder took the lead over the fast finishing Heseltine and McCarthy setting up a great weekend ahead for the AMCA’s

Formula 500’s come into the weekend after a stop start season where a round at Simpson was washed out and a big weekend at Murray Bridge for the King of the Bridge event.

Top of the table this year has been the V31 of Chris Bellman who repeated as King of the Bridge again this year followed by his brother Dion in third in the 22 and also showing well this year the V4 of Jack Bell. These little winged machines really put on a great show with the ability to take on the long and wide Kalkee paddock without letting off the throttle throughout their races.

Vintage HotRods and Sedans will again put on a great demonstration on December 30th.
PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography

The always popular Limited Sportsman always put on a great show at ‘home’ and the 30th will prove this in spades. Newly crowned SA1 and the always fast Jock Baker is sure to put on a good show to keep his top spot in the class which also features the names of Collins, Godfrey, McDonald and others keeping Jock honest.

Jenny Godfrey in particular is looking for a better result after retyering [sic] at Bairnsdale after rolling after and encounter with a pole marking tyre, her first in 13 years of racing.

Filling out the evening of racing with be the reappearance of the Vintage Hotrods and Sedans to show the crowds what it was like to race speedway in the early days of the sport.

Some of these cars are replicas of actual cars and some are lovingly restored cars from “Back in the Day’.

These cars and drivers, some of whom have also been lovingly restored, love to put on a ‘spirited’ display for the fans where there is no actual racing but the drivers are putting their cars through their paces in demonstration runs.

Gates open to the public at 5:30 and racing starts at 6:30 so come early and drop into the pits and see your favorite drivers and cars on December 30 at the Track in the Paddock in Kalkee.