December 3, 2012
The Geelong Revival festival was held over the weekend along the waterfront of Corio Bay and stretched all the way from Eastern Beach to Cunningham Pier. Over a kilometre of road and parkland was closed off for car lovers to admire classic machinery, talk a language only fellow motor lovers can understand – and race.
Geelong has held sprint trials in one form or another held since 1956. The trials are a rare opportunity for racers to see (legally) just how fast their vehicle can drive on a metropolitan street. Struggles with financing led to a nine year absence since 2003 when the event was last held. While in the intervening years smaller events were held this year marks the first time sprint racing has returned, and the event was held to a similar scale of its glory years.
Steve and Cate Schreck attended the festival as competitors with Steve racing his Mazda 1982 RX8. Entered into a competitive class with some purpose-built machine the self-built Mazda ultimately placed 5th with a best time of 13.8 seconds.
For Steve, alongside the competitive showing in the trials it was the atmosphere surrounding the event that made it so special.
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