Illabo Motorsport Park hosted another Vintage Speedway and Speedway Kart event on Saturday May 4, 2019. The weather was perfect: we had good rain earlier in the week and it had a chance to actually soak in and settled the dust rather than just run off (which our local farmers really appreciated). We still needed our water trucks to wet the track throughout the day, but there was certainly far less dust compared to our previous meeting back in March.
With the bright, sunny day, we had a bumper turn out for car entries and spectators were up significantly. We also had a great volunteer contingent on hand — 15 in total, with over half of them coming down from Sydney for the weekend. We were thrilled to sign up three new members on the day and a few new membership applications arrived during the following weeks.
The first event of the day was the Karts and then the Compacts, Sprintcars, F500s and other vintage speedcars came out in turns… the roster repeated through out the day. At lunch time, the pits were accessible by the public and they got to see the vehicles up close (some lucky ones even got to sit in some of the vehicles) and to chat to the drivers and support crews. Then the program continued in the afternoon — at one stage we combined two the groups together and had seven cars out on the track at once.
At the Driver’s Briefing, Kerry Phelan, Secretary of Gasworks Motorsports Inc (the administrative entry for Illabo Motorsport Park) took the opportunity to thank the clubs and associations that donated money to cover the second half of the Defibrillator (the first half of the funding came from a NSW Government grant).
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Thank you to Ben O’Malley for supplying the photographs.