Crowd braves rain for Gympie Saloon Car Club's 50th
THE Gympie Saloon Car Club continued with its 50th Golden Anniversary celebrations despite the rain last weekend.
It was fourth time lucky for the club after only finishing half a meet previously.
The crowd ignored the chance rain to head to Mothar Mountain with keen eyes on the Corbet's Energy Services Production Sedan 20/20 race.
President Allan Jennings said there was a little doubt after the heavy rainfall in the afternoon but by 2pm the sky was clear and the drivers were on the track.
"It was a beautiful night and an exceptional meeting," he said.
The rain may have been blessing in disguise for drivers as the water created a smooth surface for them to test their speed.
Starting off the sedan racing action was the Corbet's Energy Services Production Sedan 20/20 team event, with two racers to take the driver's seat.
After each driver competed two rounds of heats, the two 20-lap feature finals proved to be show stoppers.
Luke Edwards piloted car 6 into second at the conclusion of the first 20 laps.
Brett Baxter took hold of the wheel for the last 20 and navigated the car past the leading car of Darren Lyon and Adrian Stott after their vehicle experienced mechanical problems.
Jennings said it was good to see Darren and Adrian win the first feature and they were unfortunate to have their car break down.
Father and son partnership Jim and Brendan Cowley were second, while sponsor Andrew Corbet and team mate Scott Paulger came home third.
Jennings said the Cowley drivers were lucky to finish where they did and get their car back on the track after Brendan rolled the car earlier in the night.
He said some drivers who had never raced before did well to avoid any damage to their cars with such little track experience.
Corbet's Energy Services has already decided to sponsor the event again next year, Jennings said.
A field of 4 Cylinder Sedans faced the starter early in the night following the 20/20 event. Unfortunately, quite a number of cars were forced out due to mechanical failures.
Mark Kelly and Brock Hancock battled out the final for the full distance of the event. Hayden Turner completed the final in third place.
The Junior Sedan drivers also produced a night of top competition through their series of heats and finals.
The next event at Mothar Mountain will be on April 18, with T-Mac Auto Spares Modified Sedan King of the Mountain race and for the first time since 1975, the Gympie Saloon Car Club will hold Wide Bay championships. The club will resurrect the event this year for the 50th Golden Anniversary.