Keen to take a walk around the smallest go-kart track in Australia? This Saturday is your chance to join Broken Hill Kart Club Incorporated (BHKCI) members for a chat while lending a hand to prepare the site for getting karts back on track for kids of all ages – especially the grown-up ones.
BHKCI President, Hayden Slattery, says while the Johnson Speedway go-kart track site, a couple of minutes out of Broken Hill on Menindee Rd, is overgrown and infrastructure is in dire need of maintenance, the surface of the track is in “surprisingly good condition”, so he’s inviting keen community karters along to sign up at a trackside working bee this weekend.
“We’d love to see karting fans and families head out to the track on Saturday to chip in with their garden tools, blowers, whipper snippers, or just a pair of gloves to help return the old site to its former glory,” says Mr Slattery.
“The community are welcome to join us for the working bee for as long as they have available – 30 minutes, an hour or two, or the whole day – just bring water, hats, and snacks if staying a while,” he said.
“I’ll be there bright and early around 7:30am and someone will be around until about 3pm if people prefer to come later in the day.
“Mark Glasson from MGC Carpentry & Earthmoving brought his bobcat out to the track on Sunday morning so we’ve made a really good start on preparing the site for setting karts loose on the track soon, but we’re not there yet – we need a thumbs-up from Karting Australia (NSW) track inspectors before we get too excited,” Mr Slattery said.
“People keen to race karts will also need to upgrade their licence, but we can guide newcomers with this process when the time comes.”
Non-kart racing attendees who are keen to come along to the track are invited to pay $15 to join as an Associate of the Broken Hill Club. This membership provides insurance cover for people when entering the site for any reason, including to lend a hand at working bees with the first one taking place on Saturday September 23 from 8am to 3pm.
People with karts ready to race on the track can pay their fees at the gate. The fee for juniors and seniors at $50 per year, with $100 set as the annual fee for families – four people living at the same address.
Bell’s Milk Bar donated a barbeque to the club so food and drinks will be available for volunteers on Saturday. It’s set to be a family-friendly working bee where members have an opportunity to get to know each other while chipping away at the long overdue clean-up, bringing the club one step closer to getting karts buzzing around the tiny track once again.
For more information contact Wayne Orr on 0418 911 461 or visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BHKCI