GRASSROOTS motorsport has been called the backbone of the racing world.
A small course, a small club and small budgets keep the competition fierce and the affordability low. At no other place on the Sunshine Coast is this bare-bones approach to going fast as enjoyable as at the House With No Steps Gymkhana, in Doonan.
The Sunshine Coast Motorsport Club hosted its third edition of the gymkhana, where drivers are timed over a sealed road autocross-type course marked out by cones and tyres.
The tight, technical track tests the limits of grip even at relatively low speeds, and it came as no surprise that the front running cars were of a light, stripped out, and low slung variety.
The eclectic mix of competitors included a near-stock Ford Fiesta, a beautifully built EH Holden sports sedan, a mildly modified Toyota 86, right through to a spectacularly sliding HSV Clubsport.
Drivers aged from 13 to 72 competed, with the younger entrants learning from the shared experience of all competitors. This kind of early car control practice can only bode well for when they are on the open road.
The gymkhana separates the cars into three classes: under 2.0-litres, over 2.0-litres and a third for 4WD and turbo models, with each car having eight course runs.
Fastest time of the day went to Cian Hanley in his Subaru WRX, with Jonno Reynolds in a track prepared Nissan Pulsar and Anthony Williams in his Peugeot 205 GTi - local drivers all - running him close.
Hanley deviated off course on his final run putting him out of overall contention, meaning local Andy Gray in his daily driven Hyundai Excel took out the winner's trophy when all times were accumulated.
This, above all else, went to show why this level of motorsport can be the most engaging, rewarding and downright fun you can have on a shoestring budget.
What? HWNS Gymkhana, Sunshine Coast Motorsport Club.
Where? House With No Steps, Fellowship Drive, Doonan.
When? Next event October 24 2015.
How much? Spectators $5, kids under 12 free.
To compete? October 24 event already sold out. To compete at one of next year's events, you need a L2S CAMS license; CAMS club membership and be over 12-years- old. Bring a car too.
More info? www.facebook.com/scmsclub
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