The event is being organized by Darrin Treloar in association with the Kurri Kurri Speedway Club as a tribute to Darrin’s father who was a top class speedway sidecar rider himself.
The Aircom Group Garry Treloar Roll the Dice will feature sixteen of Australia’s best sidecar competitors in 20 qualifying heats culminating in a B and A Final as well as events for Junior Sidecars, Vincent sidecars and low line sidecars.
“There have never been as many different sidecars on the one race program,” said Kurri Kurri Speedway Club President, Peter Campton. “Our Club is always keen to support sidecar racing and we are very happy to work with Darrin [Treloar] to present this meeting. It is a great boost for the sport.”
“Dad was a great inspiration for me and the Treloar family is delighted to have the chance to pay tribute to him in this way,” said Darrin.”We want to make this meeting a success with the intention of making it an annual event. Dad had a set of dice on all his racing leathers, so we reckoned ‘Roll the Dice’ was pretty appropriate.”
Darrin Treloar is unquestionably Australia’s most successful speedway sidecar rider. He is the current FIM World Speedway Sidecar Champion, the current Australian Speedway Sidecar Champion and the current QLD, NSW and South Australia Speedway Sidecar Champion.
There is a strong local presence in Treloar’s outstanding record by way of his passenger, Blake Cox. Cox lives in Lake Macquarie and has been Treloar’s passenger for the last three speedway seasons.
“Just like the Treloars, my family has been in sidecars for many years,” said Cox. “I tried a few other sports but when the offer came to partner Darrin, I went with it.”
All four members of the Cox family will be filling the ‘passenger’ role on Saturday night. Father of the family, Glen, will dust off the leathers and compete with long time partner, Grant Bond. Blake will be passenger for Darrin Treloar, whilst Brady Cox will partner Hayden Bond and Liam Cox will pair with Klae Hobbs.
For the very first time Junior Sidecars will compete on the same program as the senior riders. Albeit on the junior inner track, six young riders and their passengers will get the thrill of racing on the big stage with the winning combination receiving the inaugural ‘GT’ Cup.
The barking roar of the famous Vincent engines is certain to bring back memories for long time speedway fans and the reappearance of the ‘low line’ sidecars is also in tribute to Garry Treloar. He and his brother Ricky were amongst the first riders to compete on these custom built vehicles that came into vogue in place of the Vincent style machines.
A parade of the sixteen competitors in the main event in the back of Mustang convertibles will get the night underway at 5:15pm followed by the presentation of medallions by the Treloar family to all competitors. Racing commences at 6:30pm.