Horsham Motorsports Club brought the 2017-18 season to a close over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend with an old-fashioned Sunday butchers’ picnic.
The event featured Wingless Sprintcars, Limited Sportsman, Three Litre Sedans, SSA Juniors and Street Stocks, three vintage classes and Horsham’s own V8 Trucks. As a salute to the past, mechanics were strapped into the cars they worked and set loose to strut their stuff.
With in excess of 80 cars nominated in the various classes and clearing skies, the scene was set for the supporters to settle in for the action.
Three demonstration classes of vintage got things under way, and the day continued with the track staying hard and fast.
Unfortunately the non-contact demonstration heat brought out the first red flag when a four-car incident took out two cars for the weekend. The hard luck trophy went to Leon Crafter after travelling from north of Adelaide to blow up his engine in his first run.
Wingless Sprintcars made their last show of the season, with two heats and a final on Saturday followed by the same on Sunday. They put on a great show, keeping the racing fast and tight on a changing surface.
With drivers like Glenn Watts, Jeremy Beddison, Daniel Kelly, Carly Walsh, Mikayla Hein and local favourite Steven Hateley in the field of 22, the action was furious throughout the heats with inevitable contact causing most of the stoppages.
Saturday night’s winner was the V4 of Carly Walsh. Sunday night featured an epic battle in the final with the V98 of Peter Logue and the V35 of Glenn Watts battling tooth and nail in the final run for the veteran Watts before retiring from racing. It was an emotional victory for Logue, and in a show great sportsmanship Watts joined Logue in his victory lap.
Limited Sportsman bought a nice field of cars, with Jock Baker the class of the field for the weekend.
The weekend finished with Street Stocks and Three Litre sedans ending their seasons with some competitive racing. SSA Juniors once again showed they are the foundation of the sport with some tight racing and passing.
The V8 trucks as always came to the party and bought all the tricks with multiple lines on the complete track and Redda showing them his abilities once again.
To bring the weekend to an end, an old fashioned mechanics race was held in the sedans and wingless class cars. In the sedans with some experienced ‘drivers’ showed the way with the novice drivers staying low and the racing was clean throughout. In the wingless mechanics events the officials were considering swabbing the ‘mechanics’ as the lap times were as close as 1/1000 of a second off the lap times of the ‘real’ drivers.