New club wanting more families to get involved at the track
MOTORSPORT: With his granddaughter Maddison, 7, and grandson Jaidyn, 11, by his side, Garry Schofield is determined to keep the family name a permanent part of Gladstone motorsport folklore.
The 58-year-old, whose grandchildren are already keen racers, and his son Antony have a plan to launch the Central Queensland Flat Track and Dirt Karts Club.
And if the rapid likes on its Facebook site are any indication, the new club is on track to be a winner.
"It's just the need for something for the smaller kids in our area with the 50cc bikes and the smaller bikes," Schofield said.
"We had so many people with dirt karts from Bundaberg and Rockhampton contact us."
Schofield said interest started from classes and a push to have a showground track that was used regularly.
He said he hoped that eventually there would be full speedway meetings that included bikes and karts.
Schofield said the club wouldbecome an entity once the paperwork was complete.
"Hopefully within the next month or so we can call ourselves an official club and start taking memberships and so forth," he said.
The fledgling club has 35 members on the books and Schofield said they would become members once the club became official.
"That's basically just in our local area and then we've got the Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Maryborough and Mackay people also inquiring at the moment so there's a lot of interest," he said.
A committee will be formed and the club will be registered with AMA Australia and that will enable the club to keep its costs down.
What Schofield said next was most encouraging for families who intended to race.
"At the moment, for a senior open licence to race bikes, it's about $380 a year," Schofield said.
"We can get it down to $60 a family for the whole family to come down and race on a club licence."
Schofield's brother Darryl is involved with the Show Society Speedway, which will make it easier for both clubs to work together.
"He's the one that got us the facility here at the grounds and we've got a pavilion here and the use of the track," Schofield said.
"That's been all Darryl's doing so once we knew we could secure that then we sort of just charged ahead with getting the club sorted."