Motorsport buff burns rubber
IT'S better late than never to begin a new hobby according to historic car racer Len Don who competed at the annual Cars N Bike meet at Morgan Park at the weekend.
“I have been a fan of motor racing since 1963 when I attended the Tasman Series and was inspired by racing legends such as Jack Brabham, Jim Clarke and Graham Hill,” he said.
“I started my racing career 10 years ago where I competed mainly at the Lakeside circuit at Petrie and Surfers Paradise.”
Upon moving to Warwick two and a half years ago due to family reasons Mr Don prefers to stick closer to home and take advantage of the facilities Morgan Park raceway now has to offer.
He said the Warwick and District Sporting Car Club, in conjunction with the Southern Downs Regional Council, has done a great job developing the precinct.
“Morgan Park is a marvellous thing for the town,” he said.
His 1973 Bowin P6F allows him to compete in the Historic Formula Ford category.
Mr Don said racing in the historic section is still competitive without being cut-throat.
“I say that but another local competitor Stephen Wilkins and I have engaged in a little one-on-one competition today,” he said with a bit of a chuckle.
“Stephen beat me by a 100th of a second in the first race today, but I evened the score when I beat him by four seconds in the last race.”
Mr Don said he is learning more all the time and gradually getting quicker.
“It is one thing to catch a car, but the real skill comes in when you have to pass it,” he said.
“A lot depends on really knowing the car you drive and the track you are on.” Mr Don said.