SMOKED UP: Carnell Drags Stanthorpe were burning up the pavement on the weekend. Photo Jamie Zamprogno
SMOKED UP: Carnell Drags Stanthorpe were burning up the pavement on the weekend. Photo Jamie Zamprogno Contributed

The lure of the track

DRAG RACING: Decades after it was constructed by volunteers, Carnell Raceway is still proving to be a lure for rev heads far and wide.

On Sunday dozens of cars took part in the "shoot-out”- style race meet on the eight-mile track.

"We had a tad over 30 competitors come along to race on the day,” Stanthorpe and District Sporting Car Club president Ian Rigg said.

"Had a couple newcomers come out and try it for the first time - local people. They seemed to have a good time once they got into it.

"There's no reason anybody can't come out and give it a go. We'd certainly encourage anybody who wants to come out.

"It's not specifically suited to any gender. There are quite a few women who come out and race and, let me tell you, there's some women out there who run some pretty serious race cars. Pretty easy to get the bug in your system.”

They only meet a handful of times a year but Rigg said the track was popular with travellers.

"There's not a lot of tracks outside of Warwick that are designated race tracks like ours is,” he said.

"Some guys will travel two-and-a-half hours or more to go to a meet here. There's still quite a bit of interest right across the country in the sport.

"There's a definite base of local racers who'll go to every race meeting but we do get probably half our competitors from out of town.”

Testament to that, Inverell's Ben Reed, was the overall winner on Sunday.

"We've go three more drag race meetings for the year,” Rigg said.

"The next one is in June.”

Photo courtesy of Jamie Zamprogno

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