Ready to race in Wondai
MOTOR SPORT: The annual Wondai Street Sprints are approaching on April 14 and 15 and Denis Carroll is one of many drivers racing to prepare his car for the start line.
Carroll is a lover of motorsport and is working on ensuring his 1984 Corvette ready to race.
"It has been sitting in the corner of the shed since 2002 and I still have a long way to go but I am confident I will have it ready,” he said.
"Different people have different interests and some people love show and shine events but I enjoy working on the car and basically building it as much as I enjoy driving it in the event.”
As well as lining up at the start line, Carroll is also a member of the Street Sprints committee.
It will be a family affair for Carroll with three generations taking part.
His wife Cherry will be working as an official for CAMS and his stepson Paul and grandson Matthew will also be behind the wheel.
"Part of what we are doing as organisers is promoting the event as a fun family day out and one of our main endeavours is to make it a fun family event,” he said.
"It is quite common that it does become a family affair with three generations because it is a good way for youngsters to learn how to control a vehicle long before they can drive on the road.
"It is the type of event that encourages safe, sensible, responsible driving and it is nothing to do with burnouts.”
Event organiser Kevin Krosch said the committee wanted to make the event a valuable experience for spectators and drivers.
"We leave it quite open for the spectators to walk through the pits and talk to the drivers, it is part of the experience,” Krosch said.
"You can see the last three corners from the show and shine area and there are plenty of vantage points.”
In its third year the event has been brought forward from June to this month and Krocsh said he hoped the warmer weather would attract more spectators.
"We will give it a go, the drivers are all happy we want to increase the spectator numbers which is one of the reasons we changed it,” he said.
Renowned commentator Will Hagon will return to Wondai for his third time behind the microphone.
"He is terrific on the microphone and his knowledge of motor sport is amazing, so he can go non-stop for two days without repeating himself,” Krocsh said.