Preparing for my big drive with racing pro Morgan Haber.
Preparing for my big drive with racing pro Morgan Haber. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Circuit brings out inner revhead

YESTERDAY I found myself nominated as the reporter who would be strapped into the passenger seat for a test drive of one of the Suzuki Swifts at the Shannon’s Nationals at Morgan Park.

While this may have been something I would have jumped at doing when I was a (stupid) teenager, now as a mother of two I had reservations.

However I took the challenge and headed to the track to meet my driver.

As we came face to face I must admit I began to get nervous.

The baby-faced teen staring back at me – who barely looked old enough to have a driver’s license – was about to take me in a car travelling more than 160kmh.Eeek.

So I drilled 17-year-old Morgan Haber on his driving experience, and his maturity and good nature put my nerves to rest.

As they strapped me into my seat and drivers gathered around to joke as to whether or not I would come out in one piece, the nerves came back.

I looked to my driver for words of comfort and asked: “So, you’ve never killed anyone. Right?”

He looked at me as if I was stupid and said: “No. But I have broken a kid’s arm.”

I think that was the point when I considered trading my blue racing suit for my brown scaredy pants and bailing on my young driver.

After a minute or two I weighed up my options and thought a broken arm was worth the risk.

As the lights changed to green and Morgan floored the accelerator, the nerves were long gone and I was engulfed by the thrill of the racing.

Morgan handled every corner of the track like a pro and even showed off with a little “fishtailing” along the way.

As I watched the speed at times clock up to 160kmh, I at no time felt worried and could see why people love the sport so much.

I am so glad I was given the job and thanks to Morgan Haber for taking me on an amazing trip.

His skills are amazing and truly enviable.

The drive may have converted to me to a full-blown revhead and tempted me to try it out for myself – if I weren’t such a terrible driver.



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