Prelude to the Lucas Oil 2017 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic: Sungold Stadium – Premier Speedway Warrnambool

Words and images : Paul Griffin

Thursday 19th Jan 2017 : Time 5pm …. We have just arrived at Warrnambool – the beautiful seaside country town in Victoria Australia that hosts the Grand Annual Classic……the “Bathurst” of Sprintcar Racing, the INDY 500 of Sprintcar Racing and on and on you can go…… many say the Mecca of Australian Sprintcar racing – AND THEY ARE 100% CORRECT !

First Job – Go to Sungold Stadium – Premier Speedway, collect our media pass and have a “gander” at the track !

As usual Premier Speedway Manager David Mills and his hard working Team have the place looking like a Trillion Bucks – Well done guys, it looks superb.

Anyway, check out these preliminary images that represent the “calm before the GASC Storm” !

Hang on for the ride……..its going to be BIG !

Warrnambool's Sungold Stadium - Premier Speedway is arguably the best track in the nation and ready to host 3 nights of fire breathing Sprintcars

Warrnambool’s Sungold Stadium – Premier Speedway is arguably the best track in the nation and ready to host 3 nights of fire breathing Sprintcars

Yep.....get ready for 3 days of Blue Ribbon Racing

Yep…..Get ready for 3 days of Blue Ribbon Racing at the Lucas Oil 2017 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic

Say no more ---- We are here !!

Say no more —- We are here ready for “The Classic” !!

VIP Room east wall oozes history

The East Wall of the Sungold Stadium VIP Room oozes history !!

The VIP Room Classic Honour Board ---- every one of those names a legend in Sprintcar Racing

The VIP Room Grand Annual Classic Honour Board —- every one of those names a legend in Sprintcar Racing

The calm before the storm - The Merchandise store on the front straight is ready along with all the others to get thumped over the weekend

The calm before the storm – One of the many Merchandise Stores on the front straight is stocked and ready to “get thumped” with purchases over the weekend

Inner Sanctum : The GASC 2017 Trophies await their deserved owners

Inner Sanctum : The Lucas Oil 2017 GASC Trophies await their deserved owners

"Hoot" the owl statue guards the main straight fast food facility when race patrons are not in the house

“Hoot” the owl guards the main straight fast food facility when race patrons are not in the house

The Classic view of the "Premier Hub"

The Classic view of the “Sungold Stadium – Premier Speedway Race Hub”

Turn 4 - note the YELLOW catch fence pole to help signify the "Get on the Gas" point at the end of the rolling lap

Turn 4 – note the YELLOW catch fence pole to help signify the “Get on the Gas” point at the end of the rolling lap

David Mills and the Premier Sungold Stadium groundstaff have the venue looking the best it ever has - Good one guys !!!

David Mills and the Premier Speedway Sungold Stadium groundstaff have the venue looking the best it ever has – Good one guys !!!

Always Cool - The Premier Speedway Manager's Vehicle - A great look for David Mills

Always Cool – The Premier Speedway Manager’s Vehicle – A great look !

The Victory Dias that will host the 2017 Classic Winner ---- Who will it be ????

The Victory Dias that will host the 2017 Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic Winner —- Who will it be ????

The all important Rescue Vehicle sits idle in the Premier Speedway Pits enclosure and is ready to assist for the 3 day program

The all important Rescue Vehicle sits idle in the Premier Speedway Pits enclosure and is ready to assist for the 3 day program

The sign that greats us each year - The Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic 2017 is just one day away

The sign that greets us each year – “The Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic 2017” is just one day away

Sam Walsh from NSW is one of over 110 competitors that is going to try and claim the 2017 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic

Sam Walsh from NSW is one of over 110 competitors that is going to battle it out over the weekend for the Lucas Oils 2017 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic

Warrnambool offers not only the best Sprintcar Race in Australia, but awesome scenery and activities as well

Warrnambool not only offers the best Sprintcar Race in Australia, but awesome scenery, food and water activities as well – you simply can’t beat it !

 

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