By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
AS THE Scout motto says, be prepared Gladstone, because the speedway is hitting town on New Year's Day.
National pride is on the line, as Australia meets the United States in the seventh instalment of the Super Sedan test series.
The home team currently leads the series 2-1, with bad weather plaguing the series in Toowoomba and Gilgandra.
Even so, both teams are pumped for the New Year's Day showdown at the Gladstone Showgrounds which will host a speedway event for the first time since June.
Former Gladstone resident Des Korn shapes as the key man in the Australians mix with his local knowledge seen as a crucial factor.
Korn, who now lives in Dysart is certain to help his team-mates including Australian champion Darren Kane, young gun Jamie McHugh and Wayne Randall get some key information on the tight Gladstone track.
The USA team are now hitting their straps after a slow start to the series and were able to get a convincing win at Yandina in the last test match.
Yankee speedway legend Steve Francis will lead the American's charge, while John Gill, Charlie Swartz and Bert Cheatham are stars in their own right.
Action is sure to be fierce and Super Sedan Association race director Chris Metcalf has been pleased with the series so far.
"The response we have had so far has been phenomenal, the series has been very popular and the competition between the two teams has been extremely close,'' Metcalf said.
Metcalf was also expecting the Aussies to have the edge on the Gladstone track.
Look out for more speedway news in the lead-up to the New Year's Day test in this week's Observer.