Over 40?s karters ready to burn rubber
By PAUL CHAMBERS
THE East Coast over 40s karting championships in Coffs Harbour this weekend has blossomed since its inception in August 1995 to be the biggest event on the karting calender , bigger than even the NSW State Championships.
Coffs Club President and organiser, Russell Grimson, has many reasons to be very proud of what the event has become.
"I have coordinated this event every year since the first one in '95," Grimson said.
"Since then it has grown and grown every year, with 69 drivers in that first event, double that the next year and double again the following year and now we have 225 drivers."
Grimson has a long and distinguished history in kart racing and administration himself.
He is the only person still racing who drove in the first meeting held in NSW in July, 1959 and was founding President of the Coffs Harbour Club in 1980 before returning to the role for past three years.
In the race meeting drivers are split into three main classes, national, club and rotax which are divided into further classes which are decided by the combined weight of the driver and kart in a post race weigh-in.
There are many high quality competitors on show this weekend, but one person who is always a big drawcard is veteran driver Geoff Jacobs.
Jacobs has a long and illustrious career in the sport, both in and out of the kart.
He has held a position of some description at every level of the sport and has won many prestigious titles, both in Australia and overseas.
"I have been racing for 45 years now, but thats the closest you will get to knowing my age," a mischievous Jacobs said.
"There is a book running on my age round here so I can't give that information out!"
Jacobs was a bit more forthcoming with information about some of his achievements and also his reasons for returning to Coffs year after year.
"I have won over 20 Tasmanian Championships, the Open Class Victorian Star Series and one National Championships, with two second places, and I had a lot of success racing in Hong Kong four times in an International League."
As well as being a top line competitor, Jacobs has also been a top administrator in many varied positions.
He was President of the National Body for six years, and at one point was National Stewards Coordinator, National Safety Officer and National Championships Coordinator all at the same time while competing as well!
When asked why he kept coming back to Coffs he was full of praise and admiration for the event, its organisation and its competitors.
"This is a really enjoyable race meeting, extremely well organised by Russell and his team and approached by everyone in the right manner," Jacobs said.