Gearing up for Mothar Mountain’s golden year
THE first race meeting of the 2014/15 season at Mothar Mountain Speedway next Saturday will be extra special - opening the club's 50th Golden Anniversary season.
The action-packed program will feature Modified Sedans, Production Sedans, Four Cylinder Sedans, Street Stocks and Junior Sedans, with drivers itching to return to racing after the winter break.
"The Golden Anniversary season is indeed a proud moment for the club, and a testament to those who formed it back in 1965," Gympie Speedway president Allan Jennings said.
"Although there will be some nostalgic moments throughout the upcoming season, the competition will remain as hotly contested as it always is on the Mountain.
"With the best race cars and drivers on display at each meeting, patrons will be treated to the highest level of entertainment, which they have grown to love and expect at Mothar Mountain Speedway."
Speedway Sedan racing has come a long way from the "bash and crash" of the popular Stock Car racing days, where safety bars were on the outside of the car and contact between vehicles was permitted.
"The safety bar work is now inside the car, and deliberate contact is frowned upon," Gympie Speedway publicity officer Paul Gannon said.
"Back in the beginning, it was pretty much 'race what you have.' Today, competition is conducted over a number of completely different categories from Junior Sedans, where youngsters are able to gain their first experiences of racing in a controlled and safe environment; right through to the awesome, thunderous power of the V/8 Super Sedans.
"In between those extremes is the Four Cylinder Sedans which, as the name implies, offers competition limited to four cylinder engines.
"The three levels of mono-construction sedans offer competition in recognisable road-going machines, all fitted with the required safety features."
The race track itself is almost unrecognisable now from the circuit that conducted the first race meetings back in 1965, which didn't have any of the safety features of today's track, and even had trees growing inside the circuit.
"While Mothar Mountain today is vastly different from the original track, it remains a most demanding circuit that brings out the best competitive spirit in all of those who race on it," Gannon said.
"With such a rich history, the club is all revved up for another bumper season on the Mountain."