Competitors battled windy conditions during a Horsham Motor Sports Club meeting at Blue Ribbon Raceway circuit at Kalkee. Despite the weather, motorcyclists provided the feature entertainment of the day, the club’s season opener.
B Solo rider Anthony Butchman of Melbourne, missing from racing for most of last season with a pin in his leg, rode strongly to be top point scorer in his section. He led for three laps in the final but crashed in the final lap.
Tim Malberg of SA won from Mark Halls of Melbourne. Troy Stojakovic, SA, was third and Great Western rider Peter Bullock was fourth.
Corey Alderton from Mildura won an A Solo section after a lay-off last season and Jason Stewart, Mildura, was second and Jason Hawkes, SA, third.
All three place-getters had previously raced in Australian titles,In a sidecar section, Phil Russell and Glen McDonald of Geelong won the final from Bill King and Peter Vipond of Gisborne. Third place went to Andrew McLean and Mike Beattie of Devonport, Tasmania.
Horsham club representatives said riders were delighted with the track surface. In an official practice for cars, many competitors tried new engines and bodies in preparation for racing on November 1.
John Aisbett, returning after a season lay-off, warmed up ready to be part of the modified field this season.
Nicole Simpson was another to return to the track and won all three of her races.
Ellis and PuIs cars were in the action in street stocks and Warracknabeal drivers were represented by Peter Watts, Rocky Holland, Sharon Watts and Lindsay Elsom with some ‘new look’ cars.
Many Horsham district drivers have joined action including Shannon Eltze and Chris Munn. Gary Chequer provided Harley motorcycle rides for interested patrons during the meeting and during Interval.
Neville Thomas displayed two of his vintage motorcyles on the track.
The motor sports club has set November 22 as the ‘light-up’ date for lights to come on at the raceway. Bases for two light poles are in place and officials hope the lights might be up and running for V8 Hot Rod and Demo Derby action on November 1.
Organisers have booked a lighting tower used for the last two seasons as back-up.
– Dean Lawson
SOURCE: The Mail-Times October 15, 1997