Spencer Gulf Drag Races Association Seeks To Bring Racing To Pirie | The recorder
A bid to build a state-of-the-art drag racing center could make Port Pirie a major tourist destination.
Spencer Gulf Drag Racers Association [SGDRA] requested approval and funding to construct a quarter mile drag track at Port Pirie.
We have recognized the need for our own tourist map and we are aiming high.
Ray Renton, President
Club president Ray Renton said he was in talks with Port Pirie Regional Council and local politicians to put the plans in motion.
âWe have recognized the need for our own tourist map and we are aiming high,â Mr. Renton said.
“We hope we can get enough interest and support from politicians to realize that this could be very good for our region.”
Mr Renton said for SGDRA members this is not just a passion for drag racing, but a way to change the way people view Port Pirie.
âMost people don’t come to Port Pirie for tourism,â he said.
âThey are coming on business and we would like to see this change.
âHaving 10 meetings a year, in a prudent fashion, brings the city $ 2.5 million; it goes straight to hotels, cafes, gas stations. ”
He said the board had been “very receptive” to the idea, with discussions underway to find land available to accommodate a track. The club organizes family days to raise funds and share its passion with the community.
Its next event, which will include stalls for a “Christmas market atmosphere”, will be held on December 19 at the oval of the Pirie and District Automotive Restorers Club.
Mr Renton said the association would be “Australia’s newest drag club”.
“We are trying to build a drag strip and recruit members,” he said.