Wanted: track to get down and dirty
THEY have the club, they have the cars and they have the drivers. But there is one vital piece of this jigsaw that is yet to be acquired - a race track.
Emerald’s Mud-trial and Twin-track Car Club is revving back on to the scene after 10 years of laying idle and they are on the lookout for a new home to churn some dirt in the Central Highlands.
If successful, the group believes it will be the only club in Central Queensland to offer mud-trial single-vehicle and twin-track circuits.
Mud-trial is a single-vehicle event and twin-track is where drivers race simultaneously on a mirrored circuit.
“The club still exists, it’s just been sitting on hold for 10 years,” club spokesman Jia Powell said.
“We’ve got five cars in Emerald alone which are ready to race and there would be another five hanging around who would be keen.
“It’s just a matter of getting going and finding somewhere new to race.”
With their previous facility no longer available, the mud-trial club is putting out the call for interested parties who have land, water and an accessible route in and out, to send them a racing lifeline.
Jia inherited his modified mud-borne super-unit from his father, who used to race in Emerald during the club’s formation years.
A quick nick of paint, a few adjustments and almost a decade later, the Powell family’s mean machine is back in action.
Gripped with chained rear wheels and packing almost 500 horsepower, it was still intimidating.
As one mudwheel driver found out, sometimes all the grip in the world can’t contain the sheer power these vehicles produce.
“I saw one flip the other week,” fellow Emerald driver Jamie Finch said.
“He just put it back upright and kept on going.”
Clubs already exist in Sarina, Roma and Rockhampton with Emerald’s central location viewed as the perfect middle-ground to spark racing interest.
“The president from Roma said he would help us out in getting up and running,” Jia said.
Once established, the club hopes to race about three to four times a year at the local venue, paying visits to neighbouring tracks in between.
“Getting down and dirty is what it’s all about,” Jia said.
If you think you can help, phone Jia on 0402 626 506.