The Queensland Superkart Club recognised its Life Members with a bit of a write-up in the club’s February newsletter. It is reproduced, below:
Drene Jamieson has been part of the club since its origins as the Queensland Road Race Kart Club (QRRKC) back in 1976.
During that time Drene has held various committee positions including a stint in the President spot in 1984-1989.
When the club was running its own race meeting Drene would haul the club trailer which contained the safer barriers, flags for all the flag points and various other equipment for the club to run the race day out to Lakeside International Raceway and then take it home again and do it all again next time.
Linra Properties, Drene’s company, has helped sponsor multiple events over the years helping the club grow. Drene’s passion for karting/Superkarting must be seen to be believed, sometimes supplying up to five karts at a race meeting and if you need a 50c part or sometimes a whole engine to get you back racing he’s one of the first to offer a helping hand.
Drene is never short of a story either, always happy to have a yarn after a race meeting over a beer or two!
Drene became a life member in 1983 and his passion for the club and the sport is still as strong now as when he
first joined in 1976 and his contributions to the club have been invaluable and we hope to see him around for many years to come.
John was part of the Brisbane Sprint karting scene and would come to fulfil the role of Clerk of Course at the Queensland Road Racing Kart Club. His years of service were invaluable to running those race meetings and helping the club during those early years.
LIELA WESTPHAL (dec)
Liela donated her time and energy looking after the entry gates on race days with all proceeds going to the club. She was a hard task master not letting anyone through until you paid the $5 entry fee. If you managed to get in early before she got there, she would come and find you and make sure you paid your fair share.
Bernie or Bernard Weier first came on the scene in 1989 and enjoyed his time in 125GB and 250 National winning the class championship 6 times for 250 National.
Bernie would also help Roger Thompson setup and pack up the safety barriers at a race meeting often hours after others had gone home.
Bernie was the club treasurer for a period of 10 years (1991-2001) as well helping out as a scrutineer at race meetings and cooking on the club BBQ at the end of the day. Taking a short break from the club 2001-2012 Bernie is back as part of Weier Family Racing with his son Tim doing the driving.
Bernie did make a return behind the wheel in 2013 and showing that he hadn’t lost any of his speed finished 2nd in the Championship.
Bernie is also responsible for the artwork that you see on social media and the clubs promotional material. His contributions to the club over the past 30 years have been invaluable and will be into the future without doubt.