Celebrating 50 years of speedway action
MOTOR SPORT: They say once you are in speedway it gets in your blood and it never gets out.
That is the case for Kingaroy's Travis and Tanya Barron.
Travis grew up around the sport with his his parents and siblings all racing.
At 14 he competed in his first race in his brother's car and hasn't looked back.
"I borrowed my brother's car without him knowing, crashed it and had to get dad to stick up for me,” he said.
Four years later at 18, Travis became president of South Burnett speedway.
Now in his 12th year as president over five terms he is looking forward to the club's 50th season.
His wife Tanya got involved when they met and has held the position of secretary and treasurer over a period of 15 years.
"I wasn't cut out to be a driver. I have been a passenger and I enjoy that but I am not a driver. I would rather be on the other side of the fence,” Tanya said.
"It is a lot of hard work but the satisfaction that you get at our big meetings when you walk out and the whole grassy hill is full of people. It gives you goosebumps.”
In recent years the track has seen a number of improvements including the concrete fence, banking for spectators, new lights and improvements in the pits.
Tanya said the improvements at the track were a testament to the club's volunteers.
"It has come a long way with a lot of hours by a lot of hard working people so it is something to be proud of and everyone that has been here over the 50 years should be proud of it too,” she said.
Families who were with the club when it first started continue to be involved.
"The next generation are all coming through now. It is good to see that the same people want to carry it through,” Tanya said.
Kingaroy's first meeting of the season is this Saturday and the club are ready for a big season including hosting the Australian modified sedan championships in April.
"It will be huge, we are really looking forward to it,” Tanya said.