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Say Goodbye to Smithy's
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Friday, 08 March 2013

With the heaviest of hearts, Western Desert Racers would like to announce that this Easter 2013 will be the last off road race at the Smithy’s complex in Hyden.

The Smith family have seen the event grow and prosper on their property for 25 years. Unfortunately the last few seasons have not been kind to the farm and the Smiths have had to make the heart wrenching decision to start preparations to move on.

Without the support of the Smith’s, off roading in Western Australia and later years Australia would not have advanced to where it is today. The club and the sport owe a great debt of gratitude to them, but unfortunately that gratitude does not change the weather or the business of farming.

“Plans are afoot to make this the fitting send off to Smithy’s that it should be. We encourage all past and current club members, officials, sponsors, competitors and spectators, both local, intrastate and interstate to make every effort to come and celebrate with us the end of an era at Hyden over the Easter weekend” commented Jeremy Beck, WDR President.

“If you have been thinking about coming or talking to the family or the neighbor or the people at work – this is the time to make it happen. WDR and Smithy’s will welcome everyone to what will be a collection of characters, vehicles and stories that only 25 years of history can accumulate. Come and ‘say goodbye to Smithy’s”.

If you have any questions or suggestions on how you can help to send off smithy’s contact WDR by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The first round of the 2013 Australian Off Road Championship, the Komatsu – Brooks Hire Hyden 450, will be held at Hyden in the south east of Western Australian over the March Easter long weekend.

The event is also supported by the Government of Western Australia and Eventscorp WA through the Royalties for Regions Regional Event Scheme.

Event Information, including supplementary regulations, can be found here.