Grafton rider Wayne Critchley
Grafton rider Wayne Critchley

Jaca dirt drags rev up for Sunday ?full noise

THE 13th running of the annual Jaca- randa Dirt Drags, will blast off down the 1/8th mile (200m) purpose built drag strip tomorrow at 10am. The organisers of this popular and unique motor-sport event, the South Grafton Ex-Services Motorcycle Club are hoping for a fine day and a dry drag strip for a change from the previous two years where a very muddy track caused most times to be slower, al- though the amusement level certainly went up. "Rain, hail, shine or flood the drags are on," the committed vice president John Collison announced during the week. First to 'full noise' down the strip will be the 4-7 years 50cc demo class, then followed by the heavy weights of the day in the street class. This class has seen just about all the big makes over the years go down the strip, including Norton, Harley, Ducati, Triumph, Velocette and of course the large Japanese screamers. There are classes for all sizes of bikes and types, as well as age and motor capacity divisions for the juniors. Some of these classes are 250 cc Sen- ior 2 and 4 stroke, Vintage, 65cc ju- niors, BEARS (British, American, and European Racing), Senior and Junior 125cc, 500cc Seniors, 85cc Juniors, 4/Stroke Open, Female and Quads. The two championship classes are the Classic Cup, and the 'big one' of the day the, 'Sullo Shield' which is a Memorial Trophy in honour of local motorcyclist and friend to all, Anthony Sullivan. The shield was made by local wood craftsman Rodney Zeitch and has been raced for 15 years thus pre-dating the drags by two years. The rules for the Sullo Shield 'is that there isn't any'; any size, any motor, any fuel, any tyre, any setup, will be fine, bring a rocket if you like. The 'Sullo Shield' as you could expect, is the race that normally the fastest time come out of and the Open Record stands at 8.01 second posted by Josh Rowe from Kempsey on a methanol powered Honda 500. Many Riders that are entered including Australian and NSW Dirt track champions from Kempsey, Taree and Coffs har- bour as well the Queensland Speedway Captain Scott Fisher and of course the hard fighting locals will all have bike very close to the mark.

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