From the road to racetrack
THE highway through Warwick is always full of cars pulling trailers and racing cars on weekends to Morgan Park but not Graham Hein.
The retired Brisbane petrol refinery worker has a 1968 Jaguar 420 which he drives from Ormiston to Warwick for each round of the Queensland Super Sprints.
“I just have to change the types from road tyres to racing tyres when I get to Warwick,” Hein said.
When he was a little younger, Hein towed his camping trailer to Warwick to camp for the weekend but now likes the comfort of a motel and the chance to catch up the Jaguar drivers who stay at the same motel.
At home in Brisbane, he drives the Jaguar to the shops to save the main family car.
He was one of 102 drivers who turned up at Morgan Park Raceway at the weekend for round two of the A series in the sprints.
Hein didn't win, but that isn't the object of the exercise.
“I am in the pre-1972 touring car class and up against two XU1 Toranas,” he said.
“The Torana used to win at Bathurst. My car is heavier and just a standard Jaguar.”
But if there is a thrill in speed, Hein gets it as he hits about 140kmh in the straight at Morgan Park Raceway.
He bought the car in 1993, restored it in 1995 and re-built the motor last year.
Hein said he particularly liked the surface of the raceway.
“The organisation is fantastic and members of the Campbell family couldn't be more helpful,” he said.
He also races at Lakeside with the Queensland Historic Racing Car Club and will return to his main raceway, Morgan Park, on April 30-May 1 for a race meeting with the historic club.