The Norton Rogers Memorial Meet

from Kev ‘The Noise’ Davies

Gladstone Kart Club’s Formula K circuit played host to the 2021 Norton Rogers Memorial meeting last weekend which also included the much anticipated Calide Manufacturing Company 100 lap 4SS Enduro.

It attracted 100 drivers from all over the state who not only got to enjoy this fantastic venue during the weekend but also spectate (or participate if they were brave) in the 4SS Enduro, listen to live music Saturday night and even a bouncy castle for the kids.

The sprint racers got to enjoy practice under lights Friday night, qualifying, four heats of racing during Saturday & Sunday and then a huge 16 lap final. 

The enduro was a spectacular success, and with high-profile Karting Australia officials in attendance (Annette English, Shawn English & Bret Aird) what could possibly go wrong?!

17 drivers – including myself in the Ant Race Engines #78 entry – enjoyed an amazing enduro experience under lights. It was smiles all round!


The Noise and the rig he shared with Anthony Myers and Leesa Jones in the Enduro

Eventual winner Jack Munro took the winner’s purse home of $500. Runners up were the dream team of Danny Palmer & James Hogan grabbing $200 and in third winning $100 were Richard Litzow & bobble-head Wayne Ohl. For the record, our team finished 4th… and won no money! Hahaha.

  • full results on speedhive HERE
  • more images and some interviews on Kev’s Facebook HERE and HERE
  • videos (qualifying, heat races and finals) on Kev’s YouTube HERE

In the sprint races, spectacular action saw some notable wins from Seth Huth, Billy the whiz Myers, Blayke Wagner, Jeffrey Cox , the Whitsundays’ wizard Damian White, Kurt Williams, Cian Fothergill, Joel Jamieson, Harper May, Jack Munro, Benny Benedetto and Richard Litzow.

The new committee, officials, club members, canteen staff & volunteers ran a fabulous meeting and they all deserve a round of applause! 

Adrian Jones was presented with life membership for his dedicated support and involvement at the club for many many years

Calide Manufacturing Company enduro video:

The Norton Rogers Memorial perpetual trophy was presented to Fraser Blyton from last years presentation night. The award is for outstanding sportsmanship and chosen / voted on by all club members
On show at the track also Denis “THE MENACE” Butler’s #17 Butler Fabrication Aussie race car. Denis not only raced in TaG Heavy, he also took on the 4SS Enduro for fun and in two weeks time will race car at the mountain on the weekend of the v8 Supercars season opener at Bathurst. The car has some 135 horsepower, will be touching 220 kph down Conrad straight and is powered by a 1200cc Yamaha motor. Lots of young karters were thrilled to be able to sit in the car.
4SS Enduro, Ken is on step two as Danny Palmer & James Hogan had to get home
Cadet 12 podium Blayke collected Max Acquasanta’s trophy
The magnificent 6