Morning Bulletin sports reporter Melanie Plane about to take a ride in the passenger seat of a fender bender during a heat race at the Rockhampton Speedway on Saturday night. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Morning Bulletin sports reporter Melanie Plane about to take a ride in the passenger seat of a fender bender during a heat race at the Rockhampton Speedway on Saturday night. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Bulletin rev head experiences adrenaline rush on track

I HAVE fallen in love - with speedway.

There is nothing I love more than a bit of adrenaline and on Saturday night I got just that when I was strapped into a fender bender at the Rockhampton Saloon Car Club speedway meet.

Admittedly, I was a bit nervous before hitting the track but once we were out on the course weaving in and out of cars and reaching some pretty high speeds I had the time of my life.

I had never really considered what kind of skill it must take to control a speedway car.

But after sitting in the passenger seat of local driver Brian Page's fender bender for three heats, I have a whole new appreciation for speedway driver's skills, patience and persistence.

Generally when you crash into the back of another car, or get thrown into a cement wall by another vehicle, like we did on Saturday night, all calmness goes out the window.

 

But when it comes to speedway, it really is a case of 'keep calm and carry on.'

Drivers simply shrug their shoulders, put the pedal to the metal and worry about the state of the car afterwards.

Speaking of worrying about the car afterwards, I was totally blown away by the mechanical skills of the speedway drivers.

Car problems which would usually involve a trip to the mechanics and a few days of catching the bus were fixed within half an hour as drivers frantically prepared for their next race.

It was also great to see the drivers rally around and lend a hand, mind or hammer to fix a problem - that is true sportsmanship.

I tip my hat to all of our local speedway drivers.

Thanks for a fantastic night and I look forward to joining you all again at the next meet on December 7.



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