While the official ribbon-cutting at Dragway at The Bend is being reserved for the upcoming Spring Nationals in October, Friday hosted the brand-new venue’s first ever meeting, with the 120th Harley Davidson anniversary HogFest roaring to life.

As part of this event, a host of ANDRA-licensed motorcycle riders took their racing machines down the track, completing exhibition passes for an engrossed crowd.

Image at top: Zotti Motorsport Media. Image above: Bob Taylor

ANDRA CEO Tim McAvaney was there at the event, and said it was fantastic to see Dragway at The Bend officially ‘live.’

“To see Dragway at The Bend burst into life for the very first time with HogFest was very exciting,” McAvaney said.

“This is truly an immaculate facility, and it is a credit to all involved with Dragway at The Bend and the Shahin family.

“The meeting went off without a hitch, and this is no small feat for a first event at a brand-new venue, so this was an excellent result and great to see.

“Speaking to racers at the track, there was plenty of positive feedback about the smoothness of the track, the traction for a brand-new surface, and the complex facilities.

“Well done to Dr Shahin, the Dragway at The Bend staff, and all the volunteers on a great event – everyone I talked to was so pleased to be involved and we all can’t wait for the Spring Nationals come October 21 and 22.”

The Spring Nationals at Dragway at The Bend will feature not only the National Drag Racing Championship (NDRC) but also the latest round of the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series. For event information, visit www.thebend.com.au

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