Warwick sidecar racer gets in the swing of it

Warwick sidecar racer Barry Martin and swinger/passenger Ryan Munns at Morgan Park on Saturday.
Warwick sidecar racer Barry Martin and swinger/passenger Ryan Munns at Morgan Park on Saturday. Diane Essery

AFTER competing in drag racing, cricket and representing Queensland in junior squash, Barry Martin has found his dream sport - sidecar racing.

"I swapped a road bike for a sidecar to get into the sport," Martin said.

He has only been competing for a year and races at Morgan Park Raceway in Warwick and Carnell Raceway in Stanthorpe.

This season, Gold Coast motorcycling enthusiast Ryan Munns has been the swinger/passenger on his bike.

Martin said sidecar racing was a two-man job.

"It is 50% the rider and 50% the swinger," Martin said.

At the weekend, he estimated his speed reached 140mph, which was enough to record second overall behind Sydney driver Matt Brown.

Martin said his sidecar number - triple one (111) - meant three times the fun.

"It gets a bit hot before we start racing," he said.

"Seven laps is definitely enough."

Motorcycle Sportsmen of Queensland race secretary Sheralyn McGlinchey said the sidecars were a hoot.

"They had 19 turn up to have a go at swinging on Saturday afternoon, including Wayne McConachy's 78-year-old mother," she said.

"The club has booked nine weekends of racing at Morgan Park next year."

The final meeting for 2012 was supported by 64 riders.

Topics:  morgan park raceway, motor sports, sidecar racers




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