Week #19 – Mt. Barker Speedway

The last meeting of the 2013 / 2014  Mt. Barker Speedway Club was loud and dirty.  Rain almost stopped the event going ahead altogether.  The Mt. Barker Speedway Club is a not-for-profit sporting organisation, and is run by volunteers who make it come alive.  In Mt. Barker, racing is considered somewhat of a community event where teams are sponsored by local business.  It’s as much about having ago as it is winning.  A first place can often see a prize of $70.

Tony St. Jack is a relatively new driver and this is his second season racing.  He’s the bloke in the blue and black racing suit.  Tony competes in the ‘Super Sedan’ class.   These cars run a methanol fuelled engine and are at the higher end of the racing divisions.  After spending about five years swinging spanners as part of a pit crew , Tony had the chance to race in the mechanics novelty event.  After that he was “hooked”.   Tony says that one of the best things about the club is that “Everyone involved helps each other out.  If someone breaks down, everyone pitches in to make sure everything is alright”.  Community racing at a high standard for sure.

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