Massive night of action at Mothar Mountain
A LOT of 50th birthdays are celebrated by sitting around a table eating cake, opening presents and maybe a game of cards or two.
Gympie Speedway, however, will celebrate its milestone 50th season tonight by sending tonnes of machinery flying through the air, crushing cars, setting off fireworks and generally causing as much carnage as possible.
As part of the club's golden anniversary celebrations, Monster Truck Promotions Australia will unleash four of its most popular trucks onto Mothar Mountain for the first time in a display of power never before seen in Gympie.
Heading the line-up will be Australia's most famous truck and national champion Outback Thunda, which will face stiff competition from arch-rival Tassie Devil.
Spot the Dog, a favourite with the younger fans, will also be along for the ride, along with the all-new rock-star truck Flash, making tonight one of the most dynamic line-ups of monster trucks ever assembled in south-east Queensland.
Side-by-side racing, the vertical sky wheelie competition and crowd favourite USA-style monster truck freestyle will keep the capacity crowd entertained, but that's just the beginning of the heart-stopping action planned.
Powered by a T58 helicopter engine, the jet quad bike will be blazing out unbelievable 30-metre flames, while the racing motorcycle quads will also make their first appearance on the Mountain.
Gympie's biggest ever stadium fireworks display, nearly 12 times bigger than that of the Gympie Show, will see one tonne of fireworks being set off in under 10 minutes.
Not to be forgotten, the speedway racing program will be headed by modified sedans, featuring some of Australia's best continuing their battle for supremacy. Local star Gavin Lorensen will be hoping to fend off past national champions Todd Doyle and Aidan Raymont to make it two feature wins in a row.
Queensland champion Tim Weir will also be out for his second straight feature win in the four-cylinder class, but will be hard pressed by James Elliot and Hamish Redman.
Gympie Speedway's Allan Jennings suggested patrons should arrive early to get the best viewing spot for what's set to be an unforgettable night of entertainment.