LEETON could be getting its burn out pad sooner than expected, but it will take many more hands delving into their loose change.
For many years Carlo Luisi has been at pains to provide young drivers with a safe place off the road, but also put Leeton on the map when it comes to drag racing competitions.
Mr Luisi has long toiled for the creation of a drag strip for Leeton, which would include a burn out pad.
The latter is hoped to be completed in time for the Leeton SunRice Festival at Easter, so it can form part of the program of events.
Mr Luisi and a group of volunteers and fellow enthusiasts had all but secured land for the burn out pad and eventual drag strip, but it has fallen through.
However, the Leeton Motorsports Club has jumped on board and agreed to help out.
A burn out pad will now be constructed within their land on Brobenah Road and the community’s help is needed to fund the project.
“We’ve secured some funds, but unfortunately we do need more,” Mr Luisi said.
“A lot of people have pledged money, so we’re asking them to help us out, but anyone in the community can donate.
“It’s not just about getting the burn out pad there and ready for Easter.
“As I’ve said before it has the potential to turn into something really big, but it’s a way for people to do this in a safe way.
“It’s a great thing to watch as well, so it’s good fun for all of the community.”
Around 80 cubic metres of concrete will need to be laid for the burn out pad, with each cubic metre of concrete expected to cost about $200.
Mr Luisi said there were now hopes of picking up a parcel of land adjacent to the Leeton Motorsports Club to create the drag racing strip in the future.
“If anyone knows how big drag racing is at the moment, they’ll know this would be a great thing for our town to get that happening and attract race meetings here,” he said.
Those wanting to donate to the cost of the burn out pad should contact Mr Luisi through the Facebook page Cruze Culture group.