Clash of cultures
By STEVE SPINKS
IT will be a clash of cultures at the Lismore race track this afternoon.
Normally the Southern Cross University race day is held separately from the Lismore Truck Show race day.
However, the students were washed out earlier this year, forcing a shift of the student dominated meeting to the truck show date.
"Students and truckies," chuckled Michael Timbrell, secretary-manager of the Lismore Turf Club.
"I was considering whether I would have to put up a portable fence down the middle of them. But no, they'll be right and it should be a great day."
The Lismore track was given the all clear by stewards this week.
"It's (the track) as good as gold," Timbrell said.
"The stewards have been here twice in the past two weeks and on Tuesday morning they said they didn't expect the track to look anywhere near this good considering the flood and the drainage work."
The Turf Club will also use the race day to promote its new association with Club Festivus.
Club Festivus is a Racing NSW initiative aimed at attracting 18- to 35-year-olds to Country racing.
"It's a Statewide thing with most major clubs in NSW Country participating," Timbrell said.
"We'll have an information booth set up at the gate this Saturday.
"Basically it costs $40 to join and that will get you in to all race meetings at participating clubs.
"It will also get you into the members' stand at any participating club."
Timbrell said clubs would host parties at race meetings specifically for Club Festivus members and some functions away from the track.
Lismore Turf Club has a host of sponsors on board, from Dominos Pizzas to Harris Cycles and Barbeques Galore.
A crowd of up to 2000 is expected today.
Meanwhile, more than 100 trucks will parade down Molesworth Street at 10am. The parade will start and finish at the Lismore Turf Club.