Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

MUD, SWEAT, GEARS; Brave Souls and Their Trusty Vehicles Take on the Wet

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

MUD, SWEAT, GEARS; Brave Souls and Their Trusty Vehicles Take on the Wet

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Byline: Alan Kennedy alan.kennedy@capnews.com.au

OFF ROAD: When organisers for the Project FMX Dirt Sprintz spoke about the event early in the week they said they hoped for rain in the lead-up and then dry on Saturday.

Unfortunately they got a complete reversal of fortune with the event staged in showery conditions. Grease wasn't the word Co it was good old-fashioned mud!

Drivers forced their vehicles through it while young children had a ball setting up mud slides in areas away from the track.

Nevertheless, whenever the Central Queensland public is given a chance to see vehicles ploughing through mud at high speeds, they turn out in droves to watch. They were not to be disappointed.

Admittedly there were some who did not like the look of the track and opted out, but for those willing to give their vehicles a major clean-up at the conclusion of racing, there was plenty of action.

The object of the exercise was to get each vehicle around the course, negotiating slippery bends, making up time on the long straights and even taking to the air when hitting the jumps.

It was certainly a test for both driver and vehicle with some taking on the course and carefully negotiating the obstacles while others preferred to keep the engine revs up and spend the full four kilometre trip correcting and re-correcting their line on the treacherous track.

It was no trip for the faint hearted but for spectators who love to hear the sounds of these big motors under load and watch as drivers do their best to keep their line it was a great day out.

Visual identification was a little difficult, given the conditions, with mud coating everything that might give a clue as to who the competitor might be.

Added to the thrills, early on, were the sounds of a helicopter hovering over the track. The chopper had been scheduled to take people on trips and experience what it is like in these machines, but as the weather closed in, the operation had to cease. …

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