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The miniature machines that are quicker than Usain Bolt

IT IS the club that can move faster than retired athletics star Usain Bolt.

As sprinting's gold standard hung up his boots, Maryborough RC Speedway finally held its opening day.

About 50 speedcars, dirt modifieds and sprint cars graced the newly-opened track, which took about nine months to redevelop.

They might be small, but some vehicles are estimated to cover 100m in as little as eight seconds. Maryborough RC Speedway president Craig Suter said the club hoped to reinvigorate itself.

"We used to be an off-road club but it was getting a bit quiet," Suter said.

"These guys approached us to build the track here.

"We modified the track, changed it from an off-road track with jumps to an oval."

Hours of track prep culminated with its grand opening, and the well-known thrills and spills of conventional speedway translated to the tiny track within minutes of the 1/10 to 1/4 scale vehicles' practice.

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