Kooralbyn Valley revs it up for airstrip drag races

THE Ramada Resort Kooralbyn was packed to the rafters at the weekend for the three-day motor festival Carralbyn.

More than 100 competitors and many more spectators to watch the old school arm drop drag races.

Vehicles of all shapes and sizes began rolling into town Friday for a novelty game of golf at the resort, with many cruising through Beaudesert and taking part in the convoy to the Rathdowney pub on Saturday.

Saturday night featured a dinner at Lillies restaurant with entertainment provided by local musicians the Cannon Creek Band.

The main event on Sunday saw pre-1968 vehicles including dragsters, hot rods and ratrods driving onto the Kooralbyn airstrip to compete for glory in the drag races.

The event proved more successful than even organiser Rod Brewer had anticipated.

"Yesterday we all went to Rathdowney Pub for lunch and like last year they served up more than 180 meals with no drama whatsoever," he said.

"Today we had more people, more spectators and more locals on board.

"It's all about getting the community on side, this is how we make it happen in little country towns."

Mr Brewer said they were pleased to have the support of Scenic Rim Regional Council this year and he hoped next year would be even better.

"Hopefully next year we will be able to get a grandstand installed for spectators," he said.

The drags started at 9am and were finished by 1pm, when the only thing left to do was hand out trophies.

One of the trophy winners was Kooralbyn's own Colin Quinn, who drove his 1936 Ford Model Ain the drags.

Miss Kooralbyn was won by flag starter Rosie Deluxe.

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