MILDURA’S Timmis Speedway will wind back the clock for their opening meeting of the season with a classic and vintage meeting to be held.
More than 20 nominations for the event have already been received featuring cars from the heavyweight hot rods, saloons/sedans, sprintcars and vintage classes. Models being raced will include a number of LJ Toranas, a 1979 Trostle and 1985 Gambler in the sprintcar category, as well as a VF Valiant.
One driver raring to go Timmis Speedway committee member Angelo Halacas, who will be behind the wheel of a 1989/90 Gambler Hibar copy.
The car was raced by the late Col Beasley, and he won the 1991/92 Victorian Sprintcar Title in it when it was held in Mildura.
“It runs a turbo charged Holden 179 horsepower six cylinder,” Halacas said.
“It was one-of-a-kind raced against the V8s of its time.
“The car was fully restored five years ago and even things like the panels were all remade out of the original fiberglass moulds.”
Halacas has been one of the driving forces behind the event and said he is hopeful it will become an annual event.
“It’s the first dedicated classic and vintage meeting we have held,” he said.
“Early indications are there will be around 70 to 80 cars in attendance spread over about seven classes.”
Halacas said, COVID restrictions allowing, the club was expecting nominations from as far away as Sydney, and throughout Victoria and South Australia.
“Cars must be more than 30 years old and must be period correct to when they raced,” Halacas added.
Not only are the classic and vintages classes growing hugely in popularity, he said, but the event will be another way of reengaging with both drivers and crew of old to celebrate the sport.
The event will be held on Saturday, October 2 and entry to the public as a spectator is free, but tickets do have to be booked through www.milduraspeedway.com.