2013 Vintage Car Racing Day

Another fantastic edition of Goomalling’s Vintage Car Racing Event

Posted on: Thursday, 24 October 2013 at 12:00:00 AM

The rain held off and made way for some beautiful spring sunshine. The sprint cars came in all sizes, shapes and colours and were fast and noisy. The cheerful crowd were delighted with the excitement and exhilaration of the racing and the children got their thrills on the amusement attractions.

Convoy of sprint cars exploring the race track

The Vintage Sports Car Club of WA worked on the 2012 track plan to make the race a little more exciting and judging from the increase in entries this paid dividends. 30 cars and 34 drivers participated this year in time trials starting and finishing at the Tavern. The pits were a hive of activity with competitors and support crews, the camaraderie of the group was infectious and they welcomed spectators who wandered down to view their ‘prized toys’.

Ross Oxwell, President of the VSCCWA, did a great job multi-tasking – sending the competitors off and providing a running commentary on the vehicles and the competitors.

Racing officials

Lyn Oxwell was in charge as the Clerk of the Course and following the wipe out in the practice run she sternly told all the competitors to drive to the conditions and ‘don’t come out of the chicane HOT’. Lyn also reminded the competitors that although they were competing in time trials they were not on a ‘race track’ but a modified town street and the marshals are volunteers and all drivers needed to take every precaution to ensure their safety. A sobering little speech that hit the mark and the rest of the program ran very smoothly under her watchful eye.

The Shire staff was ably assisted by Premier Traffic to get the street ready for the action and the Footy Club donned High Vis vests for their role as marshals for the event.

We are most grateful of the sponsorship we received for the event, LOTTERYWEST, SPECIALISED TREE SERVICES and WATER CORP. The sponsorship from Lotterywest and Randle (Specialised Tree Services) provided funding for the hire of the equipment – amusements, barriers, toilets and the traffic management. Considerable Shire administration and onground hours were invested in the planning and running of the event and we welcome all feedback about the event.

We thank all our business community for their support whether they were in a position to provide a service and boost their turnover or adjusted their hours to accommodate the road closure.

market stalls in the Town HallThe markets in the hall turned out to be a great addition with all the stall holders reporting good sales and the consensus was ‘great location’. The customers were very impressed with the variety of the stalls and many a bargain was quickly picked up. Well done to the Mortlock Sports Council for organising the stall holders.

kids entertainment

There were a few hiccups getting the amusements and their power sorted out but some common sense from the CWA ladies prevailed and the amusements were air-born. The kids were quick to try them all out with something for all ages.

Our very talented Tahnee got the face paints out. Tigers, Spiderman and butterflies were very popular. Karen gave Tahnee a break after a couple of hours straight. We are very lucky to have such diversely talented people on staff.

The P&C, CWA, CRC and Bendigo Bank took advantage of the event to provide some refreshments. The bank staff and board sold sausage sizzle with the proceeds going to the Mortlock Sports Council.

Thanks also to our local coppers who provided support in the planning and management of the event and our fantastic ambulance volunteers who continue to give ongoing years of service.

We’re already looking forward to the next edition hopefully in 2014.