The farmers will be happy with the rain we have had here in Ipswich this week but we are a bit concerned regarding our Open Sprint Round 2 event this Sunday 21 March 2021. The IWMAC organising committee will be doing a track inspection on Friday morning the 19 March and making a call then on whether or not our event will go ahead on Sunday.
To all who have entered for our Autocross Round 1 tomorrow Sunday 21 Feb 2021, we have had very little rain here in Willowbank over the last week. The current radar looks like we will not get too much tonight. So we are Full Throttle Go for tomorrow. See you all bright and early for another great day of racing.
Postponement of the 17 January 2021 Come and Try Day
In the interests of the health and safety of all our members, competitors and volunteers in the current Covid situation in the greater Brisbane area, the IWMAC Committee has decided to postpone the 17 January Come and Try Day to the 7 February. If you have already entered for the 17 January, your entry will be valid for the 7 February. Our race event was held on the 24th Jan, results are in the new 2021 results page. Cheers Greg Woodbridge
With the passing of John Connell (Jan 2019), it seems prudent to load the office bearers that have graced the club since its' inception in 1954.
For those that have been around the club a long time (Donny Power for example), there are many names/memories since that time.
It is worth noting that John was the longest serving President of the club, holding office between 2002 and 2017, and in that same period Jan Connell was Treasurer. In the time since Ron Nielsen, Nev Thompson and David McDonald held the Pres, Sec and Treas positions, the club has been fortunate to have a no of people serve multiple terms, although none as long as John and Jan:
Errol Bognuda held one of the key positions for 8 years,
Graham Burrows also 8 (and went on to serve many years with the Ipswich Kart Club)
Agnes Byrne contributed 10 years,
Tom Gillespie and Allan Ransome gave 5,
Robyn Slattery 9,
and current Treasurer Peter has done a couple of stints over the years.
Note that the above does not take into account other position/work carried out for the club and just an example of some peoples efforts for the club.
I started in the club in 2002 (maybe late 2001) and John and Jan welcomed myself and the family into the club with open arms (as did all the club), and some of my memories include Jan, Betty Wedding and (my wife) Sue sitting in the tower with stop watches for the timing:). Competing at many eveents around SE QLD, John was always promoting the club, was keen to mix with other IWMAC members at the meetings and would always offer advice if asked (and sometimes if not), and has always been keen on assisting the younger members. He and Jan also started motorsort in the days when you could rally a Monaro, when people like Peter Brock and Colin Bond were youngsters. He had some very intersting stories to tell.
Below is the current version of a presentation from the 50th Anniversary showing the key positions over the years. Of course it does leave some long term workers off, like Donny and Kevin Parkes (VP for I don't remember how long), so please take these comments as just the tip of the iceberg in the clubs history.
... on January 28, and a great turnout of about 70 entries were received.
President Dave Cullen, in particular, had been on the publicity trail and had River 94.9 doing an interview, as well as the QT, and post event, as reported in separate news, the Feb CAMS Speed Read.
There were about 6 or 7 new Juniors having a try and about anothe 10 or so Seniors, plus a large contingent of keen enthusiasts getting an early practice in.
It did take a bit of time to get through the field, and we were trying to ensure that the Juniors got a good run. There were a few, like Lenny Griffiths and Chaia Kuss, giving some passenger rides and providing a bit of advice, and the Club Cars were in use for those that did not have a vehicle.
The large no of compeitors did provide a challenge, but everyone appeared to have a good time, certainly from comments after the rain came. We attempted to dry the track after the first dumping, only to have a second lot of rain arrive and we were forced to cal it a day. While packing up it started to look like it would have been OK to wait, but then a third lot of rain came to ensure that there was no possibility of continuing the event, so we felt that the decision was good, if a bit disappointing.
We also trialled a new track version, using the first part of the long track, and then cuting back to the autocross with a tight right/left about 1/2 down the back straight. Same place as we used to go from short to long previously, but quite a bit tighter.
We plan to use that track again during the year at our Special Events. There is also a strong probability of running Khanacross events, as these will allow Juniors from 12years of age to compete. The requirements for Khanacross a very similar to our normal events, but there are a few restrictions to keep speeds lower, which allows the lower age group.
Looking foward to the first meeting on the 11 Feb:)