The adrenaline rush of Red Roar
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THERE you are in the drivers seat, waiting with anticipation at the start line. Bang, its time to roll as you go from 0 to 120 kilometres an hour inside two seconds.
No this isn't you ordinary car, in fact I am not talking about a car at all.
I'm talking about a jetboat, not just any jetboat, but Darryl Squires $20,000 jetboat aptly named 'Red Roar'. Since taking the sport of mudboat racing five years ago, Gladstone's Squires has built up a reputation as one of the top drivers around.
'Jetboat sprinting is a great sport, the camaraderie between all involved is a real feature,' Squires said.
The 42-year-old clocks up thousands of kilometres each year contesting the Australian Mudboat Series across parts of Queensland and Victoria.
'We travel everywhere, there are tracks in Maryborough and Mackay, while I have also raced down in Victoria,' he said.
Squires loves the adrelain rush of racing, saying there is not a lot better than getting amongst it on the water.
'I get a real buzz out of racing, the circuits are pretty tight and it great to take the tight corners at speed,' he said.
Similar to a rally car driver, a mudboat competitor needs to rely on a navigator which in Squires case is his wife Sarah.
'Sarah does her bit alright, she has been a great supporter of mine,' he said.
Squires has also benefited from the support of his sponsors in a sport that has its fair share of associated costs.
'If it wasn't for the great support of my sponsors like Trev's Security, I wouldn't be competing,' he said.
Squires is competing in Mackay this weekend and The Observer will certainly keep you up to date with his progress.