'Thanks to the crowd': Kingaroy celebrates record speedway
THE popularity of speedway in Kingaroy continues to grow as the club marks 50 years of racing in 2019.
A record number of 77 cars raced in the seventh annual Kings Royal from January 25-27 in addition to drivers competing in support classes and the queens royal.
The record-breaking number of competitors was met with the biggest crowd Kingaroy speedway has seen.
The Kingaroy Showgrounds was busier hosting 100 more campers than when the event was run last year.
Kingaroy Speedway president Travis Barron said the club ticketed 8500 adults across the three days and expected up to 12,000 people attended the event in total with kids under-12 entering for free and not counted.
"It was the most people in attendance at Kingaroy speedway ever,” he said.
"The event is getting bigger and bigger because of the constant improvement of the facilities.
"It makes us really proud because we have been in speedway all our lives and it is great to put something on that is supported so well and supports Kingaroy and the surrounding towns.
"On behalf of myself, the committee, the club workers and volunteers I would like to thank the crowd for attending and turning it into the event it has become.”
Barron said in its second year the Queens Royal format was a great success with new and experienced women testing themselves in the driver's seat.
"That format has definitely worked and we will settle on that format because it gives recognition to women who are always there in the shed or travelling for speedway and is a chance give back to them,” he said.
A new addition for the club this year was the fan appreciation day on Saturday morning.
"We are working on plans for that for next year so it brings more people and incorporates a car and bike show as well as the speedway cars,” Barron said.
For Barron the best part of the weekend was sitting amongst the crowd and enjoying the action on the track.
"My highlight was when I got to sit down, watch the final, see the grandstand packed, the quality of cars, what we have done as a club and reflect on what the people are enjoying,” he said.
The club will be gearing up for its second three day event of the season when Kingaroy will host the Australian modified sedans and Australian mod lites national titles in April.