A Motorsport Australia official says Gunnedah holds big potential to host future events on both four wheels and two.
The assessment follows a visit by Motorsport Australia NSW/ACT and Qld regional development executive Matthew Anderson, who said Gunnedah was blessed with a wide range of motorsport facilities. All facilities are located close to town and some have been operating for more than 50 years.
Mr Anderson was shown around the community by the Gunnedah Motoring Enthusiasts executive as part of a wider tour of northern NSW.
GME conducted an expansive tour with Mr Anderson, including all venues used during the Gunnedah Shire Council-initiated, ‘Weeks of Speed Festival’ held annually in March.
A recent study of the Gunnedah festival using Destination NSW tourism statistics, calculated the event generated $852,391 in revenue for the community and was supported by $124,438 of volunteer hours.
This meant the festival generated almost $1 million of local impact and community benefit in the Gunnedah shire.
Gunnedah Motoring Enthusiasts initially formed in 2011 to reinstate the historic Mt Porcupine Apex Drive Hillclimb and has achieved great success over the years.
Recently, GME was asked to consider a NSW State Hillclimb Championship round for next Father’s Day (September 2024) at Mt Porcupine.
GME also has plans in place next year (March 31) to host a visit from the MG Car Club in Gunnedah. The event would coincide with its national meeting and feature a motorkhana and multi-club, half-mile sprint at Gunnedah Aerodrome.
Mr Anderson said the Gunnedah Motoring Enthusiasts club is very inviting, passionate and a highly valued part of the motorsport community.
“They are delivering a variety of grassroots of motorsport events that prove that motorsport can be accessible for those that want to get involved,” he said.
“The volunteers of the club should be very proud of their efforts to attract events to the region too.”
To keep the engines running, GME will conduct a ‘Gravel Motorkhana’ at the Gunnedah Showgrounds this Sunday, October 1. The event will be held on a small course within the sideshow area of the showgrounds and feature various vehicle tests around markers.
A small field of competitors, in a variety of vehicle types, will have a fun day out starting at 11 am. Club membership, event entry and special introductory “come and try” licence will be available to interested people aged 12 years and above.
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