Sometimes if difficult to gauge how an event will run over the course of a day. The weather, unexpected incidents , and the general entropy that underlies motorsport can make or break a day. Indeed the CAMS try-out day was to be an unknown from conception. At the beginning of the day an over subscription of 30 entrants looked to be a bad omen with the RCCA and Thornleigh Car Club members forced to be pessimistic about “the average Joe off the street , having a go”. We were all prepared for the worst..
Far from expectations however, the days proceeding’s went smoothly and without incident. Approximately 165 competitors tried out the motorkhana event co run by RCCA and Thornleigh. The ‘try-outee’s we all well behaved, enthusiastic and all seem to leave the event with a huge smile on their dials. The instructors from both clubs did an absolutely sterling job at instructing and coaching drivers – and huge improvements were seen on second and third runs.
The day was mostly overcast in the morning with the Sun coming out in the afternoon to kick the humidity in to the highly uncomfortable setting. However the stewards, timers and instructors kept at it and ensured all had a great day on the skid pan.
I believe the event has proven to be a success giving the young (and older) entrants and positive view of the sport in general and now is time to put down the playstation and do it for real Some very good drivers were noted and we hope that these type of events will bring young blood and enthusiasm back into the sport.