Sunday 16 January proved to be a momentous day at Eastern Creek International Raceway with the hosting of a fresh 'new slant' on the concept of a ‘CAMS Come and Try Day’. This type of day has of course been used by many clubs all over Australia to create interest in the sport and increase participation, but this was the FIRST of its kind to be held in this format and on this scale.
The focus of the event was on generating awareness and increasing participation in Australian motor sport, with the greater goal of further developing the sport. Without anyone having to spend a single cent, the event was an ideal opportunity for anyone with a passion for motorsport to get involved and find out exactly how to get started.
The success of the event was clearly evident with healthy attendance figures and a very positive atmosphere displayed on the day. Around 260 individuals registered prior to the event and over 210 registrants attended on the day, including 40 junior participants. In addition, 68 coaches and demo drivers were also on hand, alongside over 105 volunteers and officials, and a generous number of spectators.
The ‘CAMS Come and Try Day’ was a great initiative aimed at promoting all levels and disciplines of motor sport. The key disciplines involved included Supersprints, Hillclimbs, Motorkhana, Drifting, and Motor Race, which provided registrants with a firsthand opportunity to witness these disciplines and partake in the fundamental elements of Motorkhana and Motor Race. These elements were further conveyed via a myriad of demonstrations and exhibitions displayed by drivers from various CAMS affiliated car clubs around NSW.
Mandatory car safety checks and talks by the chief scrutineer for all registrants and spectators offered a direct opportunity to become involved and gain an understanding of the scrutineering process of motorsport.
Additionally, the event included highly informational tours with significant focus on the duties and responsibilities of various officials, including the fire and recovery marshals, administration, stewards, the event secretary and the clerk of course.
CAMS would like to take this opportunity to thank all officials, coaches, volunteers, demonstration drivers, and exhibitors for their overwhelming support and dedication placed to the event. The positive feedback generated has illustrated that without their assistance the day would not have been as enjoyable as it was for registrants and spectators alike.
For more information regarding the day and future events contact:
Daniel A. Milazzo
Sport and Club Development Officer NSW