Gunnedah’s hidden treasure is arguably motorsports but the town will be roaring to life with engines next month when the annual Weeks of Speed Festival begins.

There are many events planned, for both two and four wheels, along with plenty of activities all under the one Weeks of Speed banner.

These events help make Gunnedah a tourism location but plenty of local motorsports and events welcome residents and families to participate, assist or spectate.

Local motorsports, such as the hill climb, lead participants into other endeavours Australia-wide and around the globe.

Gunnedah Motoring Enthusiasts (GME) is one of the small groups that has attracted the attention on a state and national level.

The reinstatement of Gunnedah’s historic Mount Porcupine Apex Drive Hill Climb was the impetus for the formation of GME over a decade ago. A state round was only a dream back then.

Gunnedah has been given the prestigious NSW State Hillclimb 2024 Title, Round No 8, for September 15, which will be the last NSW round before the Australian title in Victoria.

March is a busy month for the NSW Hillclimb series, with two hill climbs in different courses at Bathurst’s Mount Panorama, Esses and Mountain Straight.

GME/Gunnedah was contacted two years ago to be in the mix for the National 2024 MG Car Club Meet, held in a different Australian state each year.

Tamworth will see most of the action for the more than 300 expected registrations.

Motorsport is a part of the National MG meet with a Motorkhana event at Gunnedah Aerodrome booked and scheduled for Easter Sunday, March 31.

About 60 MGs of all types, with crew and spectators will converge on the aerodrome precinct.

As the aerodrome is closed for all Easter Sunday, GME is planning to conduct a half mile 604 meter Sprint, an event that was conducted initially in 2014 for a Nissan Z fest and then successfully again in 2022.

Last year’s event was cancelled due to the proposed aerodrome tarmac improvement.

GME is looking forward to participating in the March Weeks of Speed festival activities.

A general meeting to discuss these events and other matters will be held Wednesday, February 21, with all welcome.

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