Campaign For Melbourne's Own World Class Drag Racing Facility Launched With Gala Function
A gala event to aid the campaign to build a world class drag racing facility in Victoria has been announced for later this year.
DRiVA, the Drag Racing in Victoria Association that has been formed to help secure the track for Melbourne, will host the dinner and celebrity auction at Eden on the Park on Saturday, 16 October.
DRiVA president Neil Hendry said the aim of the event was to raise funds for the campaign.
“Victoria has been without a suitable venue to hold Championship Drag Racing for four years and the purpose of this night is to give a clear signal that a dedicated, world class drag racing facility in Victoria is needed,” Hendry said.
“We hope this night will help us kick start the quest to finance the professional help required to enable the Victorian drag racing community to realise its dream.”
A highlight of the night will be the celebrity auction that includes items donated by local racers and sponsors and rare items donated by a number of the world’s best drag racers from the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series in the United States.
Many of the quarter-mile sport’s stars will be turning out on the night, expected to be amongst them drag racing legend Jim Read, who led a similar campaign in Sydney that culminated in the recent opening of the $25 million Western Sydney International Dragway.
A similar venue, the Kwinana Motorplex, opened in Perth in late 2000, while recent upgrades to Brisbane’s Willowbank Raceway sees it continue to rank as one of the world’s best drag strips. The ACT will also see a world class facility with the ACT Government recently announcing funding for the venue.
Racers and fans alike are invited to share in what promises to be a great night and, with tickets limited, early bookings are encouraged.
Tickets at $125 each can be obtained by phoning Rachel Ratliff on (03) 9758 9883 or Venessa Pintaudi on (03) 9702 0778 while further information on the night can be seen on DRiVA’s website at www.driva.com.au
. Information on auction items will also be posted on the DRiVA website.
For further information contact Paul Rogers on 0414 977 521