Rev heaven at Wheels on Wide Bay

Dan Kenneally from Brisbane puts on a drifting show in his Nissan Cefiro.
Dan Kenneally from Brisbane puts on a drifting show in his Nissan Cefiro. Alistair Brightman

AN intoxicating smell of petrol fumes and burning tyres filled the air at Maryborough Showgrounds at the weekend as large crowds turned out for Wheels on Wide Bay.

It was also hard to hear over the sound of roaring engines as drivers raced around the dusty track as fast as they could.

For three days rev heads fought for bragging rights against a total of 175 entrants across 34 categories.

Fibreglass kit cars with motorbike engines, 1935 open wheeler replicas of race cars and all-wheel drives were a handful of cars thundering around the showgrounds.

Many more, including a 1959 FC Holden utility, sat glossed and shimmering under a sunny blue sky with Do Not Touch signs planted in window screens; proud owners stood close by.

With bonnets up and engines shining spectators were drawn to beauties such as a canary yellow 1962 Chevrolet Belair, a black and silver racing striped 2006 Ford Cobra and a 351 GT.

It was the fourth Wheels on Wide Bay held at Maryborough and was held from Friday to Sunday.

The weekend wasn't just for car enthusiasts however, plenty of families turned out as well.

Maryborough mum Hayley Cherry took her 18-month-old daughter Isabella along for a fun day out because dad, Gavin, was into cars.

Sallyanne Geissler was also pushing her little boy Jordan Moller around the park supporting partner Tim Moller who was competing in his 1996 Subaru WRX.

Also racing was Pat Devine in his 1965 Mini.

His motto was “born to race, forced to work” and he was addicted to the sport.

Mr Devine loved competing in Maryborough because: “The facilities here are unreal.”

Drivers from as far away as Tasmania participated in the event and volunteer Richard Ryland explained they had nine laps to clock their fastest time.

Aside from boasting rights winners also took home a trophy.

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