Brothers share classic car passion
THE Newey brothers have rekindled a joint interest in motor sport and the MG car through the Leyburn Sprints.
Warwick driver Greg Newey and his older brother Jeff grew up in a car-orientated family in Newcastle and competed in the 15th annual Leyburn Sprints at the weekend.
“Dad was a mechanic and worked on cars for a few racing guys,” Greg said.
“We both had MG vehicles in the 1960s and went in motorkhana rallies and club sprints but didn’t race.
“Jeff continued to race but I gave it away due to clay target shooting and running a business.”
That all changed with Leyburn, when Jeff, who still lives in Newcastle, headed north for the second annual sprints.
“Jeff got me enthused. I set up a car and we do four or five sprints a year, including Leyburn and Speed on Tweed,” Greg said.
“Generally speaking, if you set the car up properly for sprints, there is not much to do (with maintenance).
“We compare notes to fine-tune our driving after each circuit; we talk about the split-second decisions with braking.”
The MG enthusiasts said it did not matter who won between the pair.
It was Jeff in 2008, Greg in 2009 and Jeff was one second in front in their first two laps this year.
“I would like to think I am normally a fraction of a second faster because I am older and more experienced,” Jeff said.
“It is a nice weekend at Leyburn and good to enjoy the home cooking of my sister-in-law Beth.”
There was almost an echo around the streets of Leyburn on Saturday about the improvements to the track.
Greg has some stone chip marks on his bonnet from last year but said the Leyburn street circuit was superb this year.
On Saturday the brothers had the fastest times of the MG vehicles in their class, where they competed against some full-on racing cars.