Rev heads gear up as Yvonne Martyn Motorsport Park gets funding

MP Paul Toole, Les Taylor, Mayor Ray Thompson, Jim Morgan and Dave Tutton.
MP Paul Toole, Les Taylor, Mayor Ray Thompson, Jim Morgan and Dave Tutton.

Yvonne Martyn Motorsport Park at Portland will receive a $50,000 upgrade to the access road that currently services the facility. 

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole made the funding announcement on Tuesday, October 9 at the site. 

Lithgow District Car Club president Les Taylor said the road was in a bad way and the funding would fix that. 

“We are upgrading the entrance from Boulder Road as it’s in very poor condition and you have to load gear to ride over it,” Mr Taylor said.

According to Mr Taylor the section from Boulder Road has never been sealed so they were planning to put a two coat seal on it. 

“We want to get this complete so that we can open in the new year, this is the only thing that has been stopping us,” he said. 

Mr Taylor has been working on this project since 1991 and was very happy to see it come to fruition. 

Mayor Thompson getting his hands dirty at the motorsport track.

Mayor Thompson getting his hands dirty at the motorsport track.

“We are absolutely over the moon, we’ve been trying for so long to get grants to do it and previously we could only get grants up to $10,000 so this is a game-changer for us,” he said. 

The park which also provides a venue for hill climbing, motorkhana, rally sprint and kanacross events draws competitors from all over NSW. 

“It is important to maintain the infrastructure for visiting competitors,” Mr Taylor said. 

A new program that the motor park will offer is the Ignition Program with the Confederation of Australian Motorsport. 

“With the CAMS ignition program we hope to teach children 12 and upwards how to drive, and hopefully we can get some local schools involved,” he said. 

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The motor club, which has fought to buy the land since 1984, made the purchase in September 2008. 

“We have been striving a long time to do what we are doing,” Mr Taylor said. 

The club has fully fenced the property, levelled the ground, built a clubhouse and rooms and put in toilets.

“We have done a lot of infrastructure on the property so we will be proud to finally open it, it will be like magic,” he said.