Historic racing cars roar to life

LOCAL streets were awash with rare and impressive historic racing cars for the National Historic Race Meeting held at the weekend.

The meeting was Morgan Park Raceway's largest event on record and was hailed a success by race organisers yesterday.

Queensland Historic Racing Car Club president, and historic race car driver, Mike Gehde said there were about 240 entries in the event, but some drivers were a little too eager to put the pedal to the metal.

“We had a huge turnout but we lost nine cars in practice,” Gehde said.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for people to see some of the most famous cars in Australian motor racing return to life and actually do what they were made to do instead of sitting in a museum collecting dust.”

The event attracted huge crowds and featured famous motor racing faces such as Don Holland, who pushed a Mini to a bone-shattering 210 km/h at Bathurst in 1986.

“Fastest Mini in the world,” Holland laughed.

“It's been modified and is too high off the ground now; it can't handle the corners.”

Former Touring Car Champion Glenn Seton and former V8 Supercar driver Kevin Heffernan also made an appearance at the weekend meet.

The event had 24 categories with entries ranging from a 1934 Ford V8 Indy Special to a 1987 BMW M3.



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