11 January, 2012
Well it’s been a bit touchy feely around here lately so lets change up the pace a bit!
Last Saturday we went to the Archerfield Speedway for the Supercheap Auto World Series Australian Sprintcar Open. It’s been longer than I can remember since I’ve been to the speedway and I’d never seen the sprintcars before so I was thrilled!
We got there nice and early to get a good spot in the shade in the main grandstand. After a while we were joined by Scottie, Aleisha, Josh and Beanie and that’s when the action really hotted up! Approaching the main races we put 90 cents up for the kitty and started betting on the races. I won the first race but after that it was all downhill!
There were plenty of thrills and heaps of spills! Most were minor, although there was one rather big stack which saw a lengthy and rather delicate extrication of the driver from his car. The crowd was on edge for quite a while there and, like they gasped when he crashed, the crowd let out a collective sigh of relief when the driver gave the thumbs up as he was loaded onto the gurney and taken to hospital in the ambulance.
After a quick clean up it was straight back into the action! USA driver Donny Shatz won the final race which also scored him a nice $20,000 and as this was Aleisha’s favourite (and some were betting against) we got quite rowdy in the excitement and suspense. But these pictures don’t do it justice, so I just HAD to film some video albeit short. Just listen to that SOUND!!
We had an absolute ball and apart from the highway robbery that was the drink and snack prices, it was a relatively cheap and super fun day out! We can’t wait to go back and we’ve decided next time we’ll do it like real red neck hillbillies and take our own BBQ chicken, rolls, snacks and ‘grown up’ drinks.
We’ll also probably need goggles (they sell them at the speedway) as next time we plan on sitting closer to the track and as any speedway fan knows, those cars flick dirt big time!
The smell, the sound, the excitement – I can’t wait to go back!!