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National 4's King of the Mountain Series. 2018/2019.

Tim Weir proudly accepts the winner's trophy for his win in the 2019 Ellerfield Financial Planning National 4's King of the Mountain Challenge.

He will remember Saturday May 11 for some time to come.

2019 Ellerfield Financial Planning National 4's King of the Mountain Challenge podium -

Back Row (L-R) Ben Stead (6th); Darryl Oliver (7th); Andrew pickering (8th);

Matt Claydon (9th); Bevan Burton (10th);

Front Row (L-R) Frank Packer (2nd); Tim Weir (1st); Hayden Turner (3rd);

Brock Hancock (4th); Matt Bielby (5th).

Michael Phillips; Al Mathers and Braydon Mooney were awarded Lucky Dog winners.

One of the great stories to come out of Corbet's Group Mothar Mountain Speedway is the arrival of the Victory College Production Sedan.

Built and maintained by staff and students of Victory College it is an awe inspiring concept that has caught the attention of all involved in the sport.

The race car's maintenance has become part of the Industrial Technology Skills program of the College under the supervision of teacher Scott Corry and the full blessing of Principal Brett Costin.

Many long term sport sponsors and local sponsors have jumped on board to assist with the program.

Scott Corry drove the car on the Mountain with a college student in the passenger's seat. All concerned had a great night and completed the night of racing.

Stay tuned for more news of this fantastic innovation.

Updated: Tuesday, 14th April 2015 at 7.30 a.m.

Story by: Paul Gannon (Publicity Officer) 

 

The Pagel Family 

50th Anniversary Season

 

Gympie Saloon Car Club Life Member Percy Bichel is given credit for introducing Brian Pagel to the wonders of speedway sedan racing. Brian purchased Gary Kay’s FJ Holden race car in 1967 and became an enthusiastic member of the relatively new club. The Holden was replaced two years later, when Brian bought Gary Kay’s Mini. This hotted up little car afforded Brian plenty of success and a great deal of enjoyment on the race track over the many season he competed in it.

 

In 1977, when Mark was only 15 years of age, Percy Bichel offered him a drive in his HR Holden. Mark was now hooked on the sport as well. He built a Mini of his own utilising the motor from Brian’s machine and began a long and distinguished racing career of his own. He competed in a Celica, a number of Commodores and eventually into the Super Sedan of today. He won Queensland state titles in 1996 in Kingaroy and 1997 in Maryborough and 1997 New South Wales title at Lismore. He also finished second at the National title in 1998 and third in the National title in 1983 and 1995.

 

By 1979, Greg joined the world of speedway sedans and took over the driving duties from Brian in a Galant. Greg raced the car quite successfully for a number of seasons before family and work commitments saw him move away from the area. On his return, he has become a very keen follower of Mothar Mountain once again.

With the introduction of the Street Sedan/ Bomber division on the Mountain, Brian supplied a Torana for third son Glenn to begin his career. Glenn soon moved into a more powerful Commodore and is now a highly regarded Modified Sedans competitor in the Geritz Earthmoving Commodore.

 

The next Pagel generation has also been introduced into the world of speedway sedans. Both of Mark’s daughters have competed.  Natalie drove a Commodore in the Junior Street Sedans, while Kellie drove a Charade in the Junior Sedans. Glenn’s daughter, Caitlyn, now competes in a Charade in the Junior Sedans.

 

Brian and his wife Shirley are still very much involved in the club. They are both Life Members. Shirley has run the Hill Canteen for many years, while Brian looks after the Hill Bar. Mark and his wife Julie are also Life Members of the club. Mark is dedicated to track preparation, ably assisted by Brian; while Julie and Kellie are eager volunteers in the Hill Canteen.

 

The Pagel family is truly an icon of the Gympie Saloon Car Club.

Updated: Monday, 23rd March 2015 at 5.30 p.m.

Story by: Paul Gannon (Publicity Officer) 

 

The Learoyd Family Facing Team

50th Anniversary Season

 

Brian began his speedway sedan racing career in 1985 in a HR Holden for which he had paid the princely sum of $20. He won his first feature event in which he competed in this car.

 

He moved into a Ford Cortina TC and continued with a high level of success in the relatively new division of Street Sedan racing. His success culminated with victory in the second Queensland State Street Sedan Title on his home track of Mothar Mountain Speedway in 1987.

 

Brian had a break from speedway while he continued his success in competition in the Targa Tasmania as well as Targa New Zealand. Speedway Sedan competition was always calling, however, and he returned to the fold in the Modified Production Division (Modified Sedans). Success kept coming his way and he went on to win the New South Wales State Modified Production Sedan Title in 2004.

 

When son Michael was old enough to compete in the Junior Sedan Division; Brian retired from active driving to become the team leader of the Learoyd Family Junior Sedan Racing Team.

 

It wasn’t long before younger Brendan joined the Team. This meant the building of a new trailer to carry two Junior Sedans and all the other equipment that was required. Brian claims that watching the boys compete is far more stressful that driving a car ever was.

 

Having two very competitive brothers racing against each other has led to some very interesting Sunday breakfast conversations as well as very stressed parents watching from the sidelines.

Michael won the Queensland State Junior Sedan Title in 2011.

 

The Learoyd Family Racing Team began to spread its wings and the boys began competing with the best in the nation. In 2014, the Team travelled to Esperance in Western Australia to compete in the Australian National Junior Sedan Title. Brendan was the highest qualifier and began the final from position one. Unfortunately, a wheel broke off the car which left Brendan a very dejected infield spectator.

 

In a never say die exhibition, Michael took up the challenge and powered his way to victory and the honour of wearing Australia 1 on his car. To cap off a great trip, Michael added the South Australian State Junior Sedan Title to his list of winnings on the way home.

 

In 2015, the Learoyd Team travelled to Mildura for the Australian National Junior Sedan Title. The meeting was run on a single day after plenty of rain. Brendan came home in 11th position after having to qualify through the B Main. On the following weekend, Brendan finished 4th in the Victorian State Junior Sedan Title. He finally felt success on this trip, when he kept up the family tradition by winning the South Australian State Junior Sedan Title in Renmark on the following weekend.

 

Michael has moved into the Modified Sedan ranks in 2015 competing in a Commodore. He has found the challenge interesting to say the least mixing it with the big boys in what is, perhaps, the most competitive of classes.

 

The Learoyds have been involved in the world of speedway sedan racing for 30 years now with every member of the family being involved. Dad and the boys look after the cars while mum, Leanne, and sister, Ashley, are the fanatical cheer squad and trip organisers.

 

Brian and Leanne would like to take this opportunity to thank the many friends and family who have come to help over the past 30 years that the family has been racing; because without that help they would not still be racing today. They have found the speedway people to be like a second family and they simply would not want to be anywhere else.

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