Club hails record of Morgan Park
THE Warwick District Sporting Car Club has operated for 60 years and now brings more than $1million into the Warwick economy each year.
Club president Bill Campbell said after 60th anniversary celebrations at the weekend that nomination numbers had been stable at the raceway since the Global Financial Crisis hit hard.
"We are now accredited for V8 team practice, which is a great boost for the area," Campbell said.
He said reaching 60 years was a tribute to all who had been involved down the years.
"Fred Berge was the only inaugural member at our 60-year celebrations at the weekend," he said.
"The club was originally formed to conduct rallies and then it organised the Weewondilla Hill Climb which was a Queensland championship event."
For many years, the club was part of a circuit of dirt car racing at Millmerran, Stanthorpe, Toowoomba and Warwick before the original 730m track was sealed in 1997.
The facility at Morgan Park has developed into a raceway with 11 configurations from 730m to 3km with a CAMS level B track licence.
There are covered pits for 84 vehicles.
Andy McElrea from McElrea Racing was guest speaker at the anniversary celebrations and said clubs like Warwick were important for budding professional drivers as well as team owners.
"I started in New Zealand at a place called Ashburton, which is similar in size and atmosphere to Warwick," he said. "What they have achieved in Warwick in 20 years is ridiculous when you consider the size of the town."
December 14, 1954, club formed, rallies the early focus
1964, first major event, climb on Weewondilla Hill
1965, club granted access to land at Morgan Park for dirt track
1997 Sealing of original track with extensions to follow.