Collie Gazzanats to grow

Bill Clazie led the pack in some warm-up laps around the Motorplex.
Bill Clazie led the pack in some warm-up laps around the Motorplex.

GAZZANATS attracted about 7500 people – including entrants, buddies and spectators – during the weekend.

Organisers Gary and Deby Myers said they were “110 per cent happy” with the event.

It was so successful that it has been pencilled in for March 23 and 24 next year.

“We had a meeting with the Collie Shire Council and they are looking into funding and major improvements at the venue, including new access for spectators, new bitumen areas, new camping areas, new toilets and shower blocks and also major upgrades to the electrical facilities and lighting,” Gary said.

“If all these upgrades go ahead, the future success of the Gazzanats events will be able to grow to be the number one event, not only in Collie and WA, but in Australia.

“We have signed a five-year deal with the venue, also with the option of an additional five years. This is some thing we are very happy about.”

Deby said: “The event was a huge success, a highlight was the support we received from the Collie Motor Sport Group.”

The couple said they spoke with local businesses after Gazzanats and “they were more than happy with their patronage throughout the days of the running of the event”.

Not just local businesses benefited from the day – local car enthusiast Peter Tanian came second in the “Go To Whoa” division.

Collie Shire president Wayne Sanford attended the event and said it was “wonderful” to see some many people.

“It is a credit to the organisers and officials. The success of this weekend looks like it has grown, and I look forward to it becoming an annual event for Collie,” he said.

“It is good to see this type of thing being done in a controlled environment.”

Officer-in-charge of Collie Police, Senior Sergeant Rod Boehm, said the event was “extremely well run” and “the organisers should be congratulated on how it was run over the two days”.

“The officials, the security and persons attending also need commendation because there were no incidents out there which required police attention.”

All winners will be on the website