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MELBOURNE’S NEW DRAG STRIP ? 4 LANES, NO WAITING

MELBOURNE’S NEW DRAG STRIP ? 4 LANES, NO WAITING

After almost a decade in the Drag racing wilderness, details have been released of an ambitious project to build a brand new dedicated Drag Racing facility for Melbourne.

According to a media release from ANDRA (The Australian National Drag Racing Association) a group calling itself “Motorvate Melbourne” have unveiled the plans which would feature Australia’s first Four Lane Drag Stip.

Plans for the track also feature areas for burnouts and a two kilometre long “sprint” circuit.

The new website http://www.motorvatemelbourne.com gives little information about those behind the plan, with the only information being that they are “a collection of stakeholders that support the work that the ANDRA Project Team and many other motor enthusiasts are doing.”

As for the land for the project the preferred site would be somewhere along the Princes Freeway between Melbourne and Avalon in the South West.

The plan is just the latest in a long line seeking to bring top level Drag Racing back to Melbourne.

Drag Racing is booming in NSW, Queensland and Western Australia, but since a fallout between the sport’s Governing body, and Calder Park and Adelaide International Raceway owner Bob Jane, no major National events have been held in Melbourne since 2001.

Several plans by Bob Jane to revive the sport under his own control have gone nowhere, despite a couple of reasonably successful meetings.

The Motorvate Melbourne group along with ANDRA have called for the Victorian State Government to build the track. Indeed the Government has commissioned a feasibility study into the viability of such a venue which should be released by early 2010.

To raise the profile of the plan Motorvate Melbourne are planning a Public Rally and Car Show at the Melbourne Show Grounds on Saturday 20th February 2010.

Entry to the event will be free and it has the support of Melbourne Classic Car Insurance group Shannons who are the sponsors.

In Pit Lane is seeking to contact representatives of the group for an interview for screening in the In Pit Lane Summer Series now showing on C31 Tuesday’s at 9.30 PM.

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