OFF THE WIRE
Posted by Courtney Bertling
Recently, Nickol Bay Speedway held their first ever Red Rock and Race event over two nights and one day, with a huge turn out to watch the drags, races and burnouts.
This year the club thought they would add something else to their Bikes Night which they have had going for the past few years to help raise much needed funds for the Nickol Bay Speedway and to help continue bringing racing to the Pilbara.
This certainly gave a positive response from the audience and riders, with many people travelling as far as Perth for the weekend.
Nickol Bay Speedway, Dannielle Peaker said the rider’s numbers were good over the entire weekend.
“We will definitely be doing it again next year, we will nut out the teething problems we had this year so next year will be even better,” she said.
Kawaski bike rider, Wayne Bingham and his son Tom travelled from Perth for the weekend with their Kawaski 450 and 500, with Wayne winning all of his heats, finals and finishing top in his class.
Eighteen months ago the guys moved to Perth after living in Karratha for 13 years and attending all the dirt drag events, which have been seen in Karratha since 2005.
So they were not going to miss out on the first Red Rock and Race for the Nickol bay Speedway Club.
“I first started off riding in MotorX, but I got too old so I started dirt drag racing,” Wayne laughed.
“Once the day got going everything went really well and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.
“I will definitely be back next year, and hopefully the 500 that Tom rode won’t break down in the first round.
“I have been to a lot of tracks over the years around Australia and this is definitely one of the best tracks.”
Also travelling from Perth were some of the members of the Gypsy Joker Motorcycle Club.
Gypsy Joker member and rider on the weekend, Shep won his rounds with his Harley sponsored by North West Star, scoring about eight seconds over the 200m distance.
“We decided to travel up for the event to help promote the bikes and the event for the Nickol Bay Speedway Club,” he said.
“It’s a family race/weekend and everyone had a lot of fun, we will definitely come back next year to see everyone and what people have to show when it comes to bikes.”