Upcoming speedway season ranks as biggest in recent time
THIS could be one of the biggest seasons in Maryborough Speedway's 60-year history.
It may sound like an exaggeration or cliche, but the Heritage City's premier motorsport destination could be in the opening stages of the biggest program since 45 members established the Maryborough Sporting Car Club on May 14, 1958.
Maryborough Speedway president Wayne Moller said he could not remember when the club hosted so many major title races.
"It's going to be a massive season for us, celebrating our 60th anniversary,” Moller said.
"We're one of, if not, the oldest clubs in Australia that owns its own facility, so that's a big thing for Maryborough. We've got six state and two national titles we're hosting in the next 12 months so it's probably the biggest season we've had in many, many years.
"I don't think we've ever had eight titles in one season so it's a big thing that so many classes see our track as one of the premier tracks to host their title.”
The Maryborough Auto Extravaganza will include a swap meet, Show 'n' Shine Car Show, and the first round of the Bob Jane T-Mart Burnout Masters.
The burnout competition, which attracted about 70 nominations, will be the first on the club's upgraded pad.
With the newly-reopened multipurpose track, which can host supermoto and karting events, as well as Hervey Bay Motorsports' khanacross events and the Maryborough BMX Club, it is harder to find a weekend where there is nothing scheduled for the precinct.
According to Moller, the biggest events will be the two national titles, with the club's 60th celebration, to be held at Easter, a close rival.
"Obviously the two national titles will be the biggest for the season, and possibly the next biggest outside of those two will be the 60th anniversary race weekend at Easter,” he said.
"We'll host a Queensland Speedcar title over that weekend and a big event for super sedans as well.
"It will feature vintage cars that ran back in the 60s when we first started - there will be something for everyone at that meeting so that could be the biggest weekend.
"Then you have the national production sedan title which hasn't been held in Queensland for a few years, so that'll be our next biggest event, then the kart national title, (at) which we're expecting between 120 and 150 competitors.
"Competitor-wise, the kart title will be the biggest, but the national titles will see more spectators.
"It will be the first time in the club's history we'll hold the sidecar and solo Queensland titles.
"You don't normally get both bike titles in one season. It's a testament to our track staff how good the track is here to get both titles in one season.”
One of Maryborough Speedway's greatest advantages is geography. For many, the Tinana venue is centrally located.
The club's track staff works tirelessly to ensure the facility can cater a multitude of events, which helped secure the eight major title races.
"We're probably unique to the fact we run bikes, karts and car events, whereas a lot of tracks can't host bike events as the surface doesn't suit,” he said. "We're probably the only track that can host the variety of events we do here.”