MODEL RACERS: “Sparkplug” Sam West (left) and “Brakelight” Bob Chapman are the founders of the Evans Head Grand Prix group. They are pictured with their favourite racing cars.
MODEL RACERS: “Sparkplug” Sam West (left) and “Brakelight” Bob Chapman are the founders of the Evans Head Grand Prix group. They are pictured with their favourite racing cars. Samantha Elley

Revved for success

IT'S the best way to be a petrolhead without having to take in the fumes.

Commandeer your three-year-old's racetrack and invite your like-minded friends for a monthly gathering.

They bring their own cars and you make up cool nicknames and pit passes for them.

That's what "Brakelight" Bob Chapman, of Evans Head, and his friend "Sparkplug" Sam West did.

Now their group of about eight members gathers regularly to vie for the Evans Head Grand Prix Championship trophy.

"We race four cars at a time and eliminate two in each round until we have a champion," Brakelight Bob said.

"We've even extended the original racetrack, which was my son Kylan's birthday present."

Other members of the group include Airfilter Alwyn, who used the latest gathering to proudly display his four-wheel drive, all the way from South Africa.

"I think I've made this an international group," he said.

Other members have raided toy stores and eagerly opened their packets of matchbox cars to decide which ones to race and what to call them.

Leatherseat Les had brought his cars named Chopper Copper and Ron Burgundy.

Piston Paul had his Aston Martin, while Lugnut Luke and Brakefoot Brody were still deciding on their selections.

"The inaugural champion was Kylan's car Goldrush," Brakelight Bob said.

Winner of the January 2013 meet was "Headlight" Hamish McKendrick, of Evans Head.



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