John Jeremy gets his Holden Torana smokin’ at Benaraby Raceway on Saturday.
John Jeremy gets his Holden Torana smokin’ at Benaraby Raceway on Saturday. Brenda Strong

Raceway comes alive

BENARABY Raceway was alight for the final days of the Camco Group CQ MotorMania event last weekend.

Gladstone Drag Racing Club president Richard Scott said the three days’ action had gone extremely well and the number of people who attended had blown organisers away.

Over a thousand people turned up on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the events held at Benaraby Raceway.

“This was a lot more people than we expected,” Scott said.

“We put it down to the varied entertainment we had on display and it gave us a chance to showcase what we offer.”

It kicked off with a burnout competition on Thursday night as well as a Dyno shootout and loudest stereo competition held by Autobarn.

Local Lawrie Kyte had his Model A Ford given a squirt, and went from 27 horsepower to 40hp.

“There were about 24 cars put on the Dyno,” Scott said, adding the organisers from Dynamic Mechanics in Rockhampton were impressed with the quality of vehicles.

“They said owners obviously spend a lot of time and money on their cars,” he said.

The V8 modified class was taken out by a Bundaberg competitor in Kermit.

In the six-cylinder class, Adam Walker from Calliope wowed the crowd in his Mitsubishi van.

“It went bloody well and if we’d had an overall winner he would have gone real close to winning that,” Scott said.

Nick Hinds took out the four-cylinder category in a diesel Ranger 4WD, which did well not to break, according to Scott.

The round four championship held on Saturday was awesome, with spectators treated to about 30 competitors taking to the strip.

“There was quite a few eight-second passes and the times were right up there with those at Willowbank,” Scott said.

“Drivers also did plenty of wheel stands.”

Although there were a few minor issues with the new concrete start, the crowd didn’t budge and stayed until the end of competition.

Scott said support from the Gladstone community had been excellent and this went for all the MotorMania events hosted by local motorsport clubs.

“It’s been the best thing (CQ MotorMania) to ever happen to motorsport in Central Queensland and I think it can become the biggest regional motorsport event in the country.”



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