Young West Australian Sprintcar Driver Kye Scroop recently waved the Sprintcar Flag by showcasing himself and his racecar at the Perth Motor Show. The show was held at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre on 19th, 20th and 21st August and included a variety of street, race and concept cars.
Kye willingly spent time with show patrons explaining the specifications of his car, describing the thrill of racing his “Winged Beast” and answering any questions.
Kye was amazed at the number of people who had never seen a Sprintcar full stop. Then there were patrons who had seen them on TV but not in real life, and of course there were also the legions of Speedway regulars who were fully familiar with what Sprintcar Racing is all about.
On the subject of 1st impressions Kye said “Those people that have only seen Sprintcar racing on TV couldn’t get over how big and high the top wing was – they reckoned the TV made them look small like a Go Kart. Many commented on how small the cockpit was and how hard it was to get in and out.”
Kye continued “We gave away over 2000 signed posters and the interest in the racecar was simply incredible. I even reckon that by showing the car and talking to the crowds, we may have created a stack of new Speedway followers for The Motorplex and other WA tracks ! Judging by the response we got, if there was a peoples pole for the Show, we would have won it easily”.
During the 3 days Kye also helped kids to sit inside the car for photos. “The kids were wrapt, and so were the Mum’s & Dad’s” said Kye.
Kye’s car is an 88/40 Maxim and he uses a Scott Inglis 410 cubic inch Full Alloy engine. Kye said “It’s a great package. The engine and the frame work really well together and we have really good car speed. This year we intend to be right up the front where it counts. Scott Inglis is currently giving our engine a freshen up and we will have it back in a few weeks to bolt into the car and do some practice stuff.”
Kye is only 20 years old (turns 21 in Sept) and progressed straight from the Junior ranks (Junior Speedway Sedan Racing) all the way to the Premier class of “Sprintcars”. He is a very talented driver has got a fabulous bunch of Sponsors behind him. These include: Mobile Dewatering, Prestige Pumps, Scardifields Smash Repairs, Riveria, DDH1 Drilling, WA Freight Group, P J Simpson Painting and Decorating and Cleveland Compressed Air Services.
Like all top level sports, financial assistance through sponsorship is essential and the Team is always on the hunt for further assistance in their quest to reach the top. So if you feel you may be able to help Kye with some sponsorship, he would love to hear from you. Simply go to his website www.kyescroopmotorsport.com and click on the “Contact KSM” button.
This coming season Kye plans on doing the entire Perth Motorplex Sprintcar calendar as well the Krikke Boys Shootout at Bunbury City Speedway. The Team will also participate in the WSS (World Series Sprintcar) rounds at the Motorplex and Albany.
As the Team enters its 4th season of Sprintcar Racing, it’s going to be a big year for Kye Scroop Motorsport that’s for sure !