FINE TRIBUTE: Long-serving Ipswich West Moreton Auto Club member Don Powell (middle) chats to current club vice-president Kevin Parkes (left) and president John Connell about the work of Evan Thomas in the club’s early days.
FINE TRIBUTE: Long-serving Ipswich West Moreton Auto Club member Don Powell (middle) chats to current club vice-president Kevin Parkes (left) and president John Connell about the work of Evan Thomas in the club’s early days. Kate Czerny

60 year celebration focuses on achievements, future

BEING 60 years young, the Ipswich West Moreton Auto Club received a timely boost at last weekend's anniversary.

Club vice-president Kevin Parkes was delighted with the response to the 60th anniversary celebration which included autocross, dirt sprint and short circuit racing on the two tracks at Willowbank Park.

"It all went really really well,'' Parkes said.

"We had quite a few of the past members and not-active members turn up and enjoy the weekend.''

A special moment was naming the new clubhouse after founding member Evan Thomas.

A framed photo of Thomas is being housed in the clubhouse as a permanent reminder of his contribution to the club.

Long-time member Don Power cut the celebratory cake.

Parkes was pleased to see Ipswich City councillors David Morrison and David Pahlke accept the offer for a lap around the Willowbank Park circuit.

Thirty-seven entries were received for Saturday's short-track twilight event, with 47 competitors lining up in Sunday's autocrosse and dirt sprint racing.

The club's next event at Willowbank is on November 9. It is the sixth round of the dirt sprints.



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