Casino's drag race deemed success
CASINO’S drag race has been deemed a spectacular success by spectators, organisers, racing officials, the police and the mayor.
Mayor Col Sullivan, who confessed he’s no racing fan, described the event as wonderful.
“The behaviour of the crowd was exceptional and the organisers did a marvellous job,” he said.
“What amazed me is I’ve lived here all my life yet I didn’t recognise many at all, meaning most were from out of town. It will be great for the economy.
“We had council staff there looking at the event on Saturday with a view to helping in the future and everything’s looking positive.”
Richmond Local Area Command Inspector Gary Cowan commended the crowd and the organisers and said there were no dramas at all.
“There were no fights, no brawls and no drink driving offences,” he said.
“We’ll be having a debrief with the organisers this week to discuss any issues.”
At this stage the only problems were the traffic jams caused by the thousands coming into town, and the parking at the venue.
The Australian National Drag Racing Association’s chief steward for south Queensland, Wayne Downes, one of two officials monitoring the event, said it was one of the best inaugural events he had seen.
“It was fantastic for a very first-time meet,” he said.
“Our role is to provide sanctioning and insurance for the meet. Casino can be very proud.”
Organiser David Lander said he was being careful not to get too far ahead of himself but was looking to run four events a year in the future.
“We probably wouldn’t draw 5000 again but the interest is definitely there,” he said.
“Next time we might run a ‘go to woe’ event which is a 50-metre track where competitors have to stop exactly on a 25cm line – too far or too short and you’re out. We’re also considering adding a ‘show and shine’ event too.”
Organisers were still collating the results yesterday though the blown engine, diff and gearbox awards failed to go off.