Chasing fun, not glory

Warwick driver John Wishart is heading to Winton Raceway later this month.
Warwick driver John Wishart is heading to Winton Raceway later this month. Gerard Walsh

JOHN Wishart isn't chasing placings in historic racing car events.

He just wants to have fun but admits it is a bonus if he beats any of the higher powered cars and that is what happened at the weekend in the Queensland Historic Racing Car Club Autumn Meeting at Morgan Park.

Wishart made a habit of finishing fourth at the weekend which, being in the smallest car from a class of nine, meant he beat some drivers with more horse power under them.

He has driven a Welsor Clubman for 12 years and experienced a first at the weekend, a broken axle.

"It probably broke because of age," he said.

Wishart has competed in the car in New Zealand where he easily makes it into The Over 100 Club, the combined ages of the driver and car.

"I was born in 1943 and the car in 1973 so we qualify," he said.

He and his wife, Denise, along with fellow Warwick District Sporting Car Club members Peter and Ros Robinson, will be on the road next week to Winton Raceway, near Melbourne, for an historic meeting.

The four are not just keen racers and pit crew but volunteers who work tirelessly for the club.

President Bill Campbell said the club would be lost without Wishart, Robinson, Brian Dunn and their families.

All three families retired to Warwick to be close to Morgan Park Raceway.

"It is our hobby, we just help out," Wishart said.

The trio each average two days of week at the raceway, not testing vehicles, but volunteering.

Wishart's wife Denise could almost be described as the resident painter and gardener.

"She has painted the inside of the towers and worked on heaps of gardens," Wishart said.

Event secretary Barry Nixon-Smith said 140 cars competed at the weekend.

"We had drivers from as far as Sydney, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour," Nixon-Smith said.

The Historic Queensland meeting on July 14-15 is expected to attract 250 drivers.

Topics:  cars, john wishart, motor racing, warwick



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