THE AIRPORT at Gunnedah in north-western NSW will host some of the fastest classic and modern cars in the country when a new sprint event, Race Revolution, kicks off on September 1. The event is – in essence – the popular and successful Snowy Mountains 1000 airport sprint, relocated from Cooma in southern NSW to Gunnedah in the north-west after the Snowy Mountains Airport shut its gates to motorsport use.
“It was great shame the airport did that,” says Snowy 1000 and now Race Revolution organiser Adam Drake. “The feedback we had from Cooma motels and businesses was that they loved us but despite receiving a NSW Government grant for tourism, airport management decided it wasn’t hosting us anymore.”
Mudgee airport was considered as a venue but after an enthusiastic proposal by Drake, the event was given a thumbs-down by local councillors.
However, with a history of hosting drag races at its airport – and a terrific hillclimb track also in the town that will be hosting an event on the same weekend – Gunnedah has welcomed car enthusiasts with open arms.
Participants are coming from as far as Adelaide and Perth (as they did for the Cooma event) and compared to Cooma, the event is a little closer to Sydney and is handy to car-crazy Newcastle.
Drake expects the event to be a sizzler with spectators and competitors from the first run. More information at Race Revolution’s Facebook page.