Speedway is special
By RODNEY STEVENS
SPEEDWAY is a family affair for the Rose clan.
Carrs Creek driver Geff Rose, in his third season of racing, recently won a state streeter title at Grafton Speedway while competing against his father, Col.
"I raced against dad in the streeter class for the state title but he didn't complete the night due to an accident," Geff said.
Damien, Geff's 15-year-old son, drives at the speedway in the junior class, competing in a family-built Ford Telstar.
"The kids really get a lot out of it (speedway racing)," Geff said.
He said the kids learnt driving skills that were invaluable for the future, and they made many new friends.
"Speedway racing has a good social element to it. My son Damien has met at least 10 friends through speedway."
Geff said motosport was in the family's blood.
His 13-year-old son, Brandon, is keen to race at the speedway when the season opens in September.
"My younger son, Brandon, is already chasing me to build him a car."
But it doesn't stop with the males of the Rose family ? Geff's daughter chose the colour scheme for his state title-winning streeter.
"I asked my three-year-old daughter, Kailee, what colours she wanted me to paint the car ? she said black, pink and purple," he said.
Geff said he would like to step up a class.
"I would like to step up to AMCA's (open-wheel V8 cars) in the next couple of years."
Being a mechanic helps Geff build and maintain his two cars and his son's car. Geff said he and his family would not be able to afford the cost of racing without the generous help of sponsors.