Drivers turn out for last hurrah

A GREAT roll-up of 32 competitors turned up for the Last Hurrah Motorkhana at the Coffs Harbour Showground on Sunday.

They came from as far as Taree and Kempsey and took home most of the first place trophies.

Class B was taken out by Greg Clark, from Taree, his brother Brad came third with Mick Kirkwood sandwiched between them in second.

Paul Mountford, from Eungai Creek, won Class C. Paul has dual membership with Coffs Harbour and Kempsey clubs and has been very competitive in the motorkhana and khanacross events this year.

Class C minor placings where close as Mal Keough finished the day a mere 0.3 of a second from Nathan Quinn.

Class D went to Matt Parker, from Foster, in a five-litre Commodore, Christie Cox second in her Nissan Skyline and Troy Campbell in another Commodore.

Local pride was restored by Troy Gordon in class H driving his Celica 4WD in one of its first events. The advantage of all-wheel-drive grip is offset by a poor turning circle and to drive these cars you must think ahead as most flags are only 12 metres apart, but, boy, does it get between the flags quick.

The Ladies category went to Christie Cox from Sonia Creer and Jessica Lee in her first go at motorkhana.

Lee's little Starlet was shared by brother, James, who won the Juniors category in his first outing.

The motorkhana will no doubt help as the youngsters build experience to gain a driver's licence.