Speedway has to shut the gates on monster crowd
FOR the first time in 55 years, organisers of the Maryborough Speedway had to shut the gate and turn race fans away.
At Saturday night's Monster Truck meeting more than 6200 speed fans packed the hills of the speedway for a great afternoon of entertainment.
Not since the inaugural meeting in 1958 has Maryborough Speedway been filled to capacity.
Maryborough Speedway secretary Wayne Moller said it was a great event.
"It was crazy," he said.
"We shut the gates at about 7pm and I don't know how many people we turned away.
"We catered for 3000 people and got more than double."
Mr Moller said the punters made the most of the night.
"At the end of the event we do a stock take," he said.
"We didn't have to count much in the bar because we only had 19 cans of Hahn Light left."
The sounds of tyre screeching and smoke from the burnout competition filled the air, much to the delight of the crowd.
However it wasn't all about the big boys.
There was chaos and carnage in the Quarter Midgets - with several young drivers almost cleaning up race officials and the Chronicle photographer.
In the middle of the night in front of a packed arena, Nicholas Crompton got on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend of six years, Erin Hurley. And for the record, she said yes.