Despite constant drizzle, a stiff breeze and temperatures struggling to reach the teens, nine hardy souls fronted up to the Warragul Shell Roadhouse at the appointed hour for a wet journey along the Grand Ridge Rd towards Leongatha and onwards through Dumbalk and Meeniyan to the Go-Kart track at Stony Creek. The weather had not improved significantly on our journey south and the rain-slicked, out-door kart track looked far from inviting. However, Merv Swingler and Sandy Goddard were not to be denied a session on the track; they kitted up with helmets and confidently made their way to the Dummy Grid. Bets were taken amongst the spectator crowd over which corner Merv would spin out on first – he made it to Turn Three! Sandy’s gentle approach seemed to be the sensible way to go, but both spent significant time facing in the opposite direction, complaining on their return, that the steering was unresponsive, the rear brake bias savage and the karts barely controllable with slick tyres on a wet track !
Just the one wet track session was enough, and so with no sign of improving conditions, we decided to regroup at the Trulli Woodfire Pizzeria in Meeniyan for a debrief over lunch. Lap times were checked, but the circuit’s records remained intact for a future assault – hopefully in more clement conditions. We all enjoyed a lovely Italian meal and thanked Ray for putting the event together, before making our own ways home.