Motorsport and other interests….












I know this blog has had a political spin to it mostly but in a not-so-unrelated-as-you-think way I would like to digress a little.

A few weeks back I took my little Honda Civic out for a Sunday drive to Mt Cotton (Qld of course) to compete in the hillclimb. (picture)

This is a great day out for families if you are a bit of a motorsport enthusiast. Very low-key and a huge variety of vehicles from open wheelers to minis. There are classes for your “daily drive” road registered cars as well as extreme racing types and the whole thing is very safe and extremely exhilarating. Anybody can do it . The folks at the MG Car Club (  …Qld of course) own and run this track which has quite a long and interesting history. What I really like, apart from the driving, is the family atmosphere and lovely shady hollow that the track inhabits. This is a relatively small-scale event so there are no crowds to battle. Parking is easy,  close and free. Entry is free !  Food is healthy, cheap and served with a smile.. This is grass-roots motorsport – at a club level where it all began. Even if you only dropped in for an hour or two there are cars on the track nearly every minute of the day from 0800-16:00. (check dates – on about every second month)

I was lucky enough to scrape into second place in my class but that has made me hungry for more. There is always a lot to learn and due to the high number of entries you only get about 4 runs (at just over a minute each) but it all feels worth it. I am hoping to improve over the next 5 rounds or so to be held throughout the year. It is great to meet nice people with a common interest, test your skill and experience being a real race driver for a day!

I highly recommend it.

This morning I got to thinking that there a so many of us out there with our own special interest groups or clubs and activities that it would be great to celebrate this important part of lifestyle. We are lucky to live in a time and place where these things are accessible to everyday folks such as we are and not the exclusive right of the higher earners. What I think is often missed is just how much positive input these club and social activities have and how they benefit our great state as a whole. Even though interests are fractured and diverse there is a cohesion to the whole club activity thing that unites great numbers of us. Whether it is trekking off to the kids soccer or netball, discussing the Book of the Month or revving your engines it is the balance that these things bring to our lives that  oils the wheels of our social machinery.

Sadly, there does not seem to be enough open and obvious involvement from government and industry in supporting and promoting our local club activities. These are not frivolous or unnecessary activities. On the contrary, they are really the reason WHY we work hard. These are things we choose to do in our own time that make life worth living and sacrifices worth the making. Families and communities are drawn together and held together. I have no doubt that association with others like this helps reduce family breakdowns and makes us healthier both physically and mentally. They serve to bind communities and reduce crime by caring, sharing and looking out for one another. In short, society would be tangibly poorer without them.

If you have a similar experience then please feel free to share it… especially if it is a little out of the ordinary. I would like to see the government get behind our clubs and associations and put a little back in to the mix to keep these things growing. What do you think?


~ by beevo on April 3, 2009.

2 Responses to “Motorsport and other interests….”

  1. Sounds like a fun day, nice car by the way.

  2. This car is great!… and I have had a few over the years – good and bad, old and new.

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