BURNING RUBBER: Joe Meredith puts the pedal down on Maryborough Speedway's Burnout pad.
BURNING RUBBER: Joe Meredith puts the pedal down on Maryborough Speedway's Burnout pad. contributed

Meet the park ranger who loves a doughie

ONE hand on the steering wheel of his beloved Ferret, the other out the window in celebration: it doesn't take a body language expert to recognise Joe Meredith loves a burnout.

Meredith has participated in burnout competitions for about 15 to 16 years.

He used to be involved in speedway, but once he got a bit more time on the pad there was little chance he'd return to the dirt track.

He experienced Maryborough Speedway's old pad, and had a few years break before the pad was reinstated. For Meredith, the main change has been the standard of the vehicles at his disposal.

"There's a lot better quality cars now and they're more reliable,” he said.

That said, Meredith has not had the greatest 12 months on the road.

"We travel around a fair bit to support clubs but we blew two engines last year,” Meredith said. "We've gone well this year, we've had a few seconds and thirds in the pro classes.

"We try to support other clubs where we can.”

Meredith, a park ranger, estimated he spent about 80% of his spare time on his Holden HT ute.

He recently travelled to Cairns to compete, and took the opportunity to spruik the Maryborough competition.

While the Far North Queenslanders may not compete tomorrow, Meredith hoped a number would make the long trip to the Heritage City to give it a spin.

"It got a lot of interest in Cairns so hopefully they'll be here for another comp later in the season,” Meredith said.



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