Speedcar champs all set to sizzle at Lismore track
By ADAM HICKS firstname.lastname@example.org THE Speedcar has a lot of grunt for a midget.
McAllan Motor Sports' team manager, Keith McAllan, has come from Perth to contest the 70th anniversary NSW Speedcar Championship at Lismore Speedway tonight, and warns spectators that while they are nicknamed 'midgets' a Speedcar puts out a lot of power.
"A Speedcar is a purpose-built, space-frame race car constructed of chrome molly tube," he said.
"It has a four-cylinder, 166 cubic-inch engine and its power-to-weight ratio is quite horrendous.
"They weigh about 450kg and they produce something like 330 horsepower that is a lot in a small open cockpit car."
Speedcars are best described as a smaller version of a sprintcar without the wing.
"They are terrific to watch. Probably one of the most adrenaline pumping sports you'll ever watch," McAllan said.
"It's certainly one that drivers will tell you is better than most other favourite male pastimes.
"Speed depends on the size of the track, but what's important is how long it takes to get to that speed over the short distance.
"Each track has got a different configuration, dirt surface, length and shape.
"We have the optimum revs where we need to be and by changing the gear ratio at the back of the diff it gives you the same power band no matter what track you are at."
This is the first time McAllan and his son, team driver, Dene, have travelled to Lismore.
But they are regular competitors in the Speedcar Super Series and know most of the 37 other entrants in tonight's event.
"We know all our opposition, we race with them on a regular basis so we're pretty much in tune with most of the tracks and most of the guys," he said.
"The track will be no problem, just the weather.
"The rest of it is a situation where you go to a track, check it out then decide what set-up to run then you go and do your best on what conditions are given.
"So you create your own luck. "We've got heavy opposition so you just work through it.
"A certain amount of luck comes into it." The first speedcar race was held at the old Sydney Sports Ground and won by Lance Burgess in a four-lap sprint.
While tonight sees the 70th anniversary of the race, it is the 66th running of the event which lost four years during World War II.
Racing starts at 7pm with a full program including V8 Dirt Modifieds.