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15 June, 2022

30 years for the Speedway

Gilgandra Sporties was transformed last Saturday night into a sea of red, black and white, awash with racing flags and memories as the Gilgandra Speedway celebrated 30 years.

By Natasha May

The nostalgia wasn’t only the product of those who had been involved in the speedway over three decades gathering from far and wide under the one roof, it was a physical presence, projected in pictures at the end of the hall.

The founders Roy Kerr and Trevor Harland told MC Adam Murray how the speedway started out as a pipe dream realised by raising funds cutting firewood.

The slide show pictures reminded the audience of more recent revenues of fundraising such as the popular 2020 Gilgandra Speedway nude calendar.

The images projected onto the screen were only a teaser for the real deal that the audience was soon treated to. Five ‘pit girls’, Michael Broom as Mavis Muffler, Richard Howard as Rhonda Roll, Brian Harland as Betty Battery, Nathan Harland as Nelly Nuts and Darren Walton as Daisy Duke, assisted Mr Murray in the fundraising auction.

The pit girls laid it all bare in fishnet stockings and midriff-revealing shirt styling, driving up the price of auction goods thanks to the popularity of lap dances offered as part of the prize to the successful bidder.

The big-ticket item in the fundraiser was the racing helmet, but 30th anniversary commemorative items including a wood board, light up panel and framed picture were also hotly contested.

And of course, no birthday celebration is complete without a cake. Speedway committee member Michaela Gordon pulled out all the stops with a red and black chequered cake surrounded by mini cupcakes decorated racing flags, petrol canisters, timers, traffic lights, and the big three zero.

All the paraphernalia that has characterised so many memorable nights at the speedway over the years. Throughout the night, the audience enjoyed and danced to the live performance by Rat Pac.

At the end of the night the committee also presented a cheque to Sue Kerr for $350 for Gilgandra and District Cancer Fundraisers, representing the remainder of the fundraising from the ladies race that was held earlier in this year.

While the Speedway itself lay quiet, no engines revving four kilometres away, the energy and passion that has characterised the Gilgandra Speedway for 30 years was transported for the night to the scene of its celebration.

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