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2014 Wakefield 300

Photography by Alex Maher

Wakefield 300

 

The Wakefield 300 is an interesting event for both spectators and competitors. It mixes a strange group of improved production, Excel and Pulsar challenges, Super Karts, Aussie Stockcars, Future-Racers and MX5 classes. The result is exciting to say the least.

Run over three days with Friday being practice, Saturday qualifying and class events, and Sunday being the main event divided into the B Group, and the Main Event. Unfortunately it is on the same weekend as the Canberra leg of the ARC. This means it didn’t have as many spectators as it should have, which is a real shame. It is one of the better circuits for spectators as the whole track can be seen from most places, and the Wakefield 300 in particular is exciting to watch.

What it also meant was that our usual Race Magazine photographers had all had better offers, so I asked my friend Alex Maher if he would like to help me on the day. I am not much of a photographer and was relying on Alex to get decent shots. As it turns out he is as bad as I am, and it became a competition to see who could out-ignorance each other. Thankfully, despite everything, we did manage to get some good photos.

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Wakefield Park is one of those places that seem to run on extremes of weather. One day it is roasting, and the next there’s torrents of water flowing over it. I’m sure that race tracks create their own weather patterns somehow.


2013 Snowy Mountains 1000

Photographs by Joanne Hansor

A different kind of drag race

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The Hi Tec Oils Snowy Mountains 1000 is a one kilometre drag race held annually over two days at the Cooma Airport in New South Wales. 2013 was the second year of the event; one of only three of its kind in the country. While drag racing is one of the very few forms of motorsport not covered by Race Magazine, the variety of cars that attend make it a very interesting and fun event. There are not too many times one can simply wind the car out to see what it will do. Lining up behind exotic supercars such as the Ferrari 458 Italia of Sebastian Giampaolo, Lamborghini Gallardo of James Hodge and Adam Kaplan’s Pagani Zonda C12S (the only one in Australia) is a multitude of sports sedans, drift cars and modified street cars. Surprisingly the one genre of competitive vehicles that was barely represented was drag cars!


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