An unfortunate driver had to wait out the rain in his Datsun.
An unfortunate driver had to wait out the rain in his Datsun.

Race meet all about the nostalgia

THE rain was nothing more than a speed bump in the road at this weekend's Autumn Historics Race Meeting at Morgan Park.

"No incidents of note had happened because of the rain," organiser and Historic Car Racing Club of Queensland treasurer John Tupicott said, although the Sunday morning downpour did have convertible owners racing for cover.

"It slowed down three events but the track soon dried out," Tupicott said.

More than 120 cars were at the "no frills," historic race meet as described by a passing revhead.

PRETTY IN PINK: Sunshine Beach resident Pip Covell with her Alfa Romeo GT Junior.
PRETTY IN PINK: Sunshine Beach resident Pip Covell with her Alfa Romeo GT Junior.

 

Tupicott said the smaller event was more about the car than the driver because of the focus on the models instead of the race results

"No one here has the ambition to be a V8 Supercars driver," he said.

"It's about the nostalgia. People come to see the cars they had when they were younger race."

However when it comes to track personalities Tupicott said: "It takes all sorts".

"Some are competitive, some extremely competitive, others passive - what brings us together is the car," he laughed.

Up to 20 different categories took to the track, from open-wheelers to GTs.

The standout vehicle and driver of the weekend was actually local Morgan Park Performance Centre owner, Matt Clift.

Clift seemed to have impressed the events organisers in his Rx2 Mazda touring car.

"It's not unexpected for him to be near the front, but this time he was the front runner," Tupicott said.

All drivers are looking forward to the larger meet when the group returns to Morgan Park in July this year.

TRACK MATES: Friends Paul Young, Manuel Pena, James Anderson and Andrew Wilson meet up at the Morgan Park event.
TRACK MATES: Friends Paul Young, Manuel Pena, James Anderson and Andrew Wilson meet up at the Morgan Park event.


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