Roar of V8 sprintcars to rock city tonight
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE will rock to the sounds of roaring engines when the Super Family Speedway Spectacular hits the showgrounds tonight.
On a packed program, the Australian V8 Sprintcar Grand Prix shapes as the feature event with drivers expected to hit speeds of up to 170 kilometres an hour.
Local driver Tony Wynne gets the chance of a lifetime when he mixes with some of Australia's best sprintcar drivers.
It is going to be a big task for Wynne who is making his debut on his home track.
Heading the list is current North Queensland and Northern New South Wales champion Brock Dean.
Dean is in red-hot form at the moment and will prove difficult to beat on the tight Gladstone track.
His biggest rivals appear to be Brisbane gun Craig Stevenson and talented female competitor Robyn Dennis.
Dennis is a former litre car rac-er who has been a big hit this season across the east coast racetracks.
Also keep an eye out for one of Australia's most expensive sprintcars owned by Clem Hoffman, valued at $200,000.
Event co-ordinator Clive Featherby expects the spectacular to be one of the biggest events in Gladstone this year.
'We have the best of the best coming for the speedway,' Featherby said. 'I know that everyone who comes down will have a great time.'
Gladstone fans will also be treated to an entertaining international monster truck challenge when Outback Thunda takes on world champion Bearfoot USA.
Bearfoot USA is a three-time monster truck world champion while Outback Thunda is the Australian champion.
These two events are just a taste of what is a massive event with the Australian Demolition Derby Championships, fireworks display, jet cars and stunt acts to also feature on the program.
Gates open from 3pm with admission for adults $25, children under 12 years $15, 12-15 years $20 and a family pass (two adults and three children under 12) $75.