July 17, 2019
South Burnett Speedway Club wrapped up an exciting 50th anniversary season with a glittering annual awards night on Saturday at Kingaroy Town Hall.
Family members joined drivers to enjoy dinner and discover the final point scores in the various racing categories.
The Town Hall was filled with more than 200 people for the occasion.
The event topped off a huge year for the club which featured close racing, tight finishes, record crowds and the Track of the Year title at the Speedway Australia Awards in Adelaide last month.
Trophies were presented on stage by club officials, including president Travis Barron, vice-president Pacey Clegg and former president Gary Barron.
Gary shared some memories before presenting the Barron Family Trophy for the highest point scorer for the season in Modified Sedans to Toowoomba driver Nathan Macdonald.
Nathan said it was a privilege to receive the trophy, especially during the club’s 50th year.
“I love coming to Kingaroy,” he said. “It’s always a great atmosphere and great racing.”
Gary praised what the speedway club committee had achieved in recent years, especially with the three-day Kings Royal event for Modifieds.
“It’s very, very good for the town; good for everyone and good for companionship,” he said.
Donning his South Burnett Show Society president’s cap for a moment, Gary said it was great to have the speedway at the showground.
“We are trying to make our showground great, but what you are doing with the speedway IS great,” he said.
The other major award of the evening, the Champion of Champions, was presented to Kingaroy driver Nathan Barbeler, who was also the highest point scorer in Street Stocks.
It’s also been a big year for Barbeler, who finished fifth in this year’s National Street Stock titles, raced in Mildura in March.
Kingaroy Town Hall was specially decorated for the 50th year celebrations and there were tables of memorabilia on display, including newspaper clippings, old photos and trophies.
The audience watched closely as a special highlight reel, prepared by Ash Media, of the 2018-19 season’s racing (and bingles) was played after the main awards.
The evening was compered by speedway announcer Damien Martoo, from The Martoo Review, while club secretary Tanya Barron kept things running smoothly behind the scenes.
Judy Crawford, from JC Catering, prepared the meals.
Next on the agenda for the South Burnett Speedway Club is the AGM which will be held from 6:30pm on August 6 at the Kingaroy Showgrounds.