Sunshine Coast motor sport gymkhana at Doonan
THE Sunshine Coast Motor Sport Club (SCMSC) is hosting its first Gymkhana of 2016, promising high octane thrills at its small and technical course at Doonan, between Noosa and Eumundi.
Spectators can watch a wide range of cars at Sunday's (Feb 7th) event as they are timed over a precision coned circuit, with entry just $10 for adults and kids under 12 free.
Jay Underwood, president of SCMSC, said the CAMS-sanctioned event was great for spectators as they could see cars over the whole course when viewed from the pits. "We've put a safety wall in and earthworks behind it to shield the pit area, and from here you can see the precision driving and some drifting, with the top cars taking under a minute to complete the course," he said. "We have 33 cars signed up at the moment with a maximum of 40 allowed, and each will run about eight times over the day."
The entry list reveals an eclectic mix of cars competing, including lots of Japanese turbo cars, V8 Commodores and classics including Ford Escorts.
It's also a cheap and easy way in to motor sport for those interested. Mr Underwood said the events this year cost $85 to enter, drivers need a basic CAMS licence (there's a fee payable but no test involved), and all your car needs is a fire extinguisher, safety stickers and a cover for the battery terminals. Drivers require long sleeves and pants plus an approved helmet.
The SCMSC is chasing a government grant to improve facilities - including resurfacing the track - and Mr Underwood said the council had been easy to deal with so far, and had shown positive support for the local motor sport.
"It's a great fun event, in no way formal and there's just a great relaxed feel to it all," he said.
Action starts from about 8.30am on Sunday February 7 at Fellowship Dr, Doonan.
What? 2016 HWNS Gymkhana 1 hosted by the Sunshine Coast Motor Sport Club.
When? Sunday February 7, 8.30am-3.30pm (approx.)
Where? House With No Steps, Fellowship Dr, Doonan.
How much? $10 for spectators, under 12s free.
More info? email@example.com; facebook.com/scmsclub