Supplied Peter Valentine
Saturday March 26 saw the annual running of Eddington Sprints.
This is an historic quarter mile drag race organized by the Vintage
Sports Car Club and a few Bendigo car club stalwarts. The day had
an entry of 96 that comprised of all types of vehicles from early
1900 roadsters (yes juniors cars have been around for that long) to
early seventies group N type cars and a few potent non historic
cars in the invitation class.
Several car club members took the opportunity to compete and
certainly proved their ability on the day. Our life member and long
time competitor Max Jackman proved that even a five way heart
bypass can’t stop him when he brought out his home made special
that helped get him going in motorsport all those years ago and
gave it a run. I think that max will have to go back to hospital
again, but this time to have the grin surgically removed from his
face. Only bad experience he had for the day was having to ask a
certain member of his pit crew for a jump start on the BMW. Yes
Colin you saved his bacon again.
One of our promising junior members also had his first
bitumen and first solo run, Ryan Baker certainly acquitted himself
very well and I would say that perhaps next year he may well share
his fathers car instead of running the old datto. Speaking of which
dad Mark ran the Pontiac all the way to fastest time of day with a
high 13 second run. This was good enough to beat a very stunning
GT40 replica and The model A roadster of past winner Ray Sprague.
The baker family must have had a hectic weekend for they also
attended the junior challenge on Sunday.
The event ran smoothly all day with all cars having
practice and three timed runs. Weather was very warm and the
caterers did a fast trade with drinks and there was also wine
tasting available for non competitors. For any one who has not
attended this event I would suggest you pencil it in to your diary
for next year, even if you aren’t an historic fan there is
something to excite everyone. The best part is the bench race/spit
roast down on the river banks at the Roberts house after the
event. This is an eye opener in itself for the contents of their
shed as son Keith does restoration work on historic race cars and
the quality of work that comes out of his shed is mind blowing.
Attached are some photos of Ray Sprague’s Model A hot rod,
the stunning and quick (but not quick enough) GT40 Replica
and three old farts reminiscing about the good old days over the
partly restored JAP powered special that I am led to believe was
originally built by Warren Pentland's father.