Wings & Wheels 2014
Wings & Wheels Car Sprint 2014
The second Wings & Wheels Car Sprint for Historic Cars and Motorcycles was conducted at Maryborough airport on Sunday 14th September. The meeting, organised by the Austin Seven Car Club, is an interesting mix of a quarter-mile sprint along the aerodrome runway and flying displays and exhibitions around the Old Aviators Flying Museum based at the airport. It is a private museum, ordinarily open only by appointment, but during the week-end of this annual event it is open to the public.
Three TSOA members turned up to give their cars a burn on the airstrip and quite a few other Triumphs were spotted in the display car line up in the car park. The only one recognised was Warwick, up from Warrnambool for the day in his red Stag, which we believe has had a bit of work done on it recently, but also present were two TR3’s a Spitfire, a TR6 and another Stag. Max Hayes and Ed Ferguson in their TR7/V8’s and Ken Slater in his Dolomite Sprint entered as competitors and enjoyed one sighting run on the quarter-mile distance followed by three timed runs. Last year’s inaugural event was spoilt a bit by too much grit and loose stuff on the track (consequence of a recent resurfacing of the runway), resulting in cars with any sort of torque going sideways, even in third gear. But in preparation for this year the local council had done a terrific job of cleaning off most of the surface material and times were much more consistent and faster.
Max easily won his event (Production Sports Cars 1970 – 75, all capacities) with a very impressive time of 14.41 seconds. Indeed Max was in the top four fastest cars on the day which is a great result considering he was up against cars such as Camaro, Falcon and several Cobras, all with more horse power. Ed just managed to get under the 15.0seconds with a 14.9 on his final run. Ken’s best time for the day was 18.5sec, which was enough to win his event (Production Sports Cars 1961 – 69, over 2001cc).
This now appears as if it will be an annual event and, with the Central Goldfields council committed to improving the set-up at the airport, should be one to mark on your calendar for next year, along with Eddington, Myrniong and the Geelong Revival week-end.
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