Benaraby Autofest organiser Ben Kirk is calling on nominations for the February 19 event to be held at Benaraby Raceway.
Benaraby Autofest organiser Ben Kirk is calling on nominations for the February 19 event to be held at Benaraby Raceway. Christopher Chan GLAAUTO

Revved for first Autofest

CAR lovers from as far north as Townsville and south to Brisbane are getting ready for the inaugural Benaraby Autofest which will be held on February 19 at Benaraby Raceway.

A fundraiser for the upgrade of the track organiser Ben Kirk is anticipating the weekend.

"I have been very busy," Kirk said.

"From organising dirt for the freestyle track, to machinery for the 4WD track, paperwork and insurance there has been a lot to do.

"I have a group of friends who are helping which is great, but it's still a lot of work."

The rain that has been hitting the region has also left Kirk worried; with just over two weeks until the big event the sun needs to come out.

"I have been pulling my hair out with this rain," Kirk said.

"If it sticks around we will need to put our street events back a month. The 4WD stuff would still go ahead.

"Hopefully though this will all be gone in the next week and we will have sun and a great weekend."

Following on from this year's event Kirk is hoping to see it back bigger and better in following years.

"The aim is that this will become an annual event," Kirk said.

"It would be good to see some more support from local business in the future.

"I am guessing that once they see how good this year's event is they will decide to support us more in the future."

Although the support of businesses has not been what Kirk anticipated the support from the community has been great.

"I have had so much interest from people wanting to participate in events," he said. "Plus all of these people will bring along family and friends to support them.

"So we are expecting a decent-sized crowd."

Kirk is hoping the funds raised will reach close to $20,000, allowing for prize money and a large donation to the Benaraby Raceway upgrade.

For more information visit www.benarabyautofest.com or phone Ben Kirk on0437 907 359.



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