You could call it the calm before the storm but things are about to get boisterous at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway.
The festive season always brings a flurry of excitement with a number of sprintcar majors plus the annual Demolition Derby, West Coast modified production car classic, the K-Rock Cup for V8 super sedans and the G town Rumble for the best speedcar men in Australia.
Variety has always been the key factor on the Geelong schedule and this year’s holiday season is perhaps the best on record.
The action starts rolling on Boxing Night when Sharp Cranes present the annual Sprintcar Gold Cup which doubles as an important round of the Essendon Ford Sweepstakes.
Winning a new Ford over the season is important, but missing a round can sting you in the tail.
Steven Lines, the incredibly talented South Australian, has dominated the premiership this summer but will miss the Gold Cup due to WSS commitments in Adelaide.
Stephen Bell, Darren Mollenoyux, Johnny Vogels, Brett Milburn, Mike Van Bremen and Domain Ramsey will spearhead the 42 entries for one of the Victorian season’s most meaningful classics.
On Sunday night, December 30 World Series Sprintcars rolls into Avalon for the traditional Speedweek clash of the giants.
Americans Tim Kaeding and Shane Stewart head the travelling band this summer with support from Robbie Farr, James McFadden, the defending champ and a long list of West Australians.
Victorians, with the Goid Cup under their belts, will be waiting to give them a Geelong touch up.
World Series night at Avalon invariably produces a sold out crowd and this year’s Speedweek should be no different.
Saturday night, January 5 is another classic doubleheader with the K- Rock V8 super sedam classic and the Routleys 33rd annual Demolition Derby splitting the bill of flair.
Australia’s biggest speedcar names will be on hand for the G Town Rumble on Saturday, January 19 which also doubles as a round of the Speedcar Super Series.
The speedcars are an unbelievable spectacle around Avalon and the Rumble will again have a record field of racers.
The West Coast Classic for modified production sedans will also split the card ensuring the open wheelers and sedans have equal support.
The President’s Cup for 410c.i. International Sprintcars should be a show stopper at Avalon on Wednesday, January 23 when four American aces will be joined by the incomparable Brooke Tatnell, Robbie Farr, James McFadden, Steven Lines and Victoria’s frantic fifty.
The President’s Cup is yet another edition of sprintcar tradition and presenting sponsorship honours again rest with Essendon Ford, Avalon’s primary sponsor.
So there you have it, five variety-spiced meetings between Boxing Night and January 23. Be There!