RACE READY: Glenn Hewitt (left) with Ray Clacher at 2019 Pirelli QLD Road Race Championships.
RACE READY: Glenn Hewitt (left) with Ray Clacher at 2019 Pirelli QLD Road Race Championships. Tessa Flemming

GALLERY: 'Grandmaster' reveals why racing is for the family

MOTORSPORT: HE MAY be 70 years young, but it's going to take more than growing old to get Ray Clacher to give up the sport he's dedicated his life to.

The motorcyclist, who was at the Pirelli QLD Road Race Championships today, had been riding ever since he was a 15-year-old and had never once thought seriously about quittting.

"I've always raced, it's just good family fun," Ray said.

"Everyone has a few knocks, but I'm lucky, I've never had a major accident."

Known to those on the field as the 'grandmaster', Ray said he had watched as generations of racers grew up around him, eventually getting his own sons involved in the sport too.

"It's not like other racing, you can race with the grandkids, it's for everyone from nine to 90," he said.

"It's good fun to compete with my sons because its a race within a race."

Along the years, he'd also stepped up as a mentor for younger riders.

"I like getting to coach other young kids into it," he said.

"It's good if they take it as fun rather than too seriously."

 



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