Rockin’ ramp racing returns to the Rockhampton Speedway
IT is not often you associate water sports with speedway racing.
But you can expect the two to mix at the ramp racing on Saturday night at the Kids Day at the Speedway.
Rockhampton Saloon Car Club president Josh Keene concedes the ramp racing, which has been re-introduced to a packed program on Saturday night is a novelty event.
"It's a crowd pleaser," Keene said.
"It's the first time we have run the ramp racing for a few years and I expect it to be very popular."
Adding to the attraction is the opportunity for the crowd to throw water bombs at the drivers as they race their four cylinder cars around the speedway negotiating a series of ramps which sends them up to two metres in the air.
And besides getting wet, many of the drivers can expect some nice bumps and bruises when it's all done and dusted. The cars are not expected to fare much better, and many could end up at the wreckers.
"I expect to get wet," Keene said.
"It is going to be great fun.
"I'm sure the kids will get a thrill out of hurling water bombs at us.
The re-introduction of ramp racing is sure to draw a crowd and not only that, get them involved.
"We are trying to make it a fun night, especially for the kids," Keene said.
"We want it to be an interactive experience for the spectators."
It is not just about making it interactive for the spectators, it is about attracting them.
"The Rocky Saloon Car Club is reasonably unique in that we rely heavily on gate takings," Keene explained.
"We have great facilities here and a wonderful track provided by council, but we have to pay for it.
"Other country clubs rely heavily on competitor numbers for their revenue because they have their own track.
We have one of the best tracks in Queensland and we always have good competitor numbers, but we rely on spectators."
So as the saying goes, get your backside trackside tomorrow night.