On track for off-road action
THRILL-SEEKERS are set to flock to Hervey Bay for the Hornes Road off-road racing event this weekend.
Hervey Bay resident Scott Hopkins, an off-road racing enthusiast for more than 15 years, is excited about bringing the sport to Hervey Bay.
“The sport has come a long way since its origination in 1967 in North America,” he said.
“It's getting more and more popular and Hervey Bay should be the next place to follow.”
The sport involves the racing of buggy-like cars around a dirt track.
The Hervey Bay Horns Road track is five kilometres long with three major man-made jumps, one of which is more than four feet high. Competitors will be required to drive four complete laps of the course in order to complete it successfully.
“There are competitors coming from as far away as Townsville.
“It's great that people are prepared to make the effort.
“I entered my first off-road race when I was 10 and I haven't looked back since.”
After recently starting up his own off-road racing club, Mr Hopkins hopes that after the race weekend more people will want to get involved.
“It's not just about racing.
“There's some people who don't race at all.
“They just love to help out and go to the meets and meet new people with similar interests.
“We all have a great time no matter what we're doing.”
The off-road racing weekend kicks off tomorrow at 1pm on Hornes Road in Takura.
Entry is a $2 donation which will go towards the Starlight Foundation.
Anyone wanting to find out more can contact Mr Hopkins on 0417 647 050.