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Sport

5 June, 2021

Caravan derby

The last hurrah for Gilgandra Speedway’s season on Saturday, May 22, was certainly one to remember.

By Emily Middleton

 As the first race commenced, there was an unfortunate crash between two cars that caused serious damage to the side of the track wall, cracking the concrete. This then put a stop to all six race events programmed for the evening, as the health and safety issues posed a high risk for drivers.

The special season ending event the Caravan Derby was still able to go ahead. While the track was being smoothed out, plenty of cars entertained the crowd with burnouts and donuts. The crowd favourite was Lightning McQueen and his incredible engine.

The Caravan Derby event began with brightly coloured caravans filling the track. Each then battled it out to be the last van and driver standing. Plenty of flying parts were scattered on the track, while speedway committee members shook their head at the three-day clean up that was ahead of them.

With three caravans still relatively intact, places were awarded as follows: First Brian Harland, second Nathan Harland and third Nikki Garnham.

Despite the cancellations, the season ending event for the speedway was a fun evening enjoyed by all who came to spectate and race.

Third place winner of the caravan derby, Nikki Garnham, with brother Lesley Garnham.
Lightning McQueen was a crowd favourite, especially with the children.
The competitors got off to a slow start before beginning their demolition derby.
City slickers were not disappointed with their taste of country fun.
Burnouts entertained the crowd while the track was being worked on.
The special event Caravan Derby was a hit with the crowd.
Fender Bender driver Andrew Burgers with Brad and Matt Vicary (Production Sedans).
Nathan Harland moved surprisingly fast despite towing a large caravan.
A lack of a caravan to tow didn’t deter driver Amelia Dillon.

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