Crowds turn up for third Carralbyn airstrip races at Kooralbyn

A RECORD crowd turned up to the Kooralbyn Valley resort's airstrip on Sunday for the third annual Carralbyn drag races.

With 100 cars registered for the drag races and more than 250 bringing their prized vehicles to the show and shine, the race was the culmination of a three-day event in Kooralbyn Valley.

The vehicles began arriving on Friday for the Carralbyn Cup golf tournaments, followed by a cruise to Rathdowney pub on Saturday ahead of dinner at The Kooralbyn Valley resort with entertainment by local musicians The Cannon Creek Country Band before the main event on Sunday.

Event organiser Rodney Brewer said the pre-1968 1/8 mile event featured arm drop drag racing, show and shine and a Miss Kooralbyn contest from 9am on Sunday.

Among the flag girls was Lou Lou Fontana from Brisbane, who was named Miss Carralbyn 2021 for her efforts.

Competitors came from as near as Beaudesert and as far as Geelong in Victoria.

Chris Hage raced a 1953 Holden FX emblazoned with Ampol signage in honour of his father Don Hage, who kept the Ampol servo at Mermaid Beach and raced the vehicle at Surfers Paradise racetrack in the 1970s.

Also in the race was Brendon Burnett from Pottsville, who pushed his 1962 VW Beetle to the starting line and went on to win his heat.

The Kooralbyn Valley Community Group played a big part in running the event, manning the front gate and helping out with marshalling on the track.