Racing runs in the blood
KEVIN Heffernan raced a Holden into 12th place at Bathurst in the late 1990s and is one of three generations of his family who will drive nothing else.
And it is the same with Ford enthusiast Graeme Wakefield who just likes the 1970 Ford Falcon.
Both are among 243 drivers from five states competing in the Historic Queensland Race and Regularity 2011 meeting.
While there is not as much, if any, money at stake this weekend at Morgan Park Raceway compared to what is on offer in V8 Supercars, the banter between Ford and Holden will go on in the pits.
Between their families, Kevin, of Beenleigh, and Graeme, of Brisbane, are part of five generations of racing car drivers.
Kevin’s father John raced Holdens and now son Ashley will be in a Holden Torana this weekend. A second son Jamie also races.
Graeme’s son Gregory has a Cooper S Mini and is building a Falcon, just like his Dad.
His journey to motor racing started in rally driving, he then took time off when his family was young before racing a Ford Falcon.
“It is hard to get cars out of your blood,” Graeme said.
Kevin adds it is “a tad of an addiction”.
Both fathers say they didn’t push their sons into the sport.
“Gregory just said he was sick of watching me and started driving,” Graeme said.
“We certainly didn’t push our sons in motor sport.”
As for the battle between Holden and Ford, both drivers say the weekend is a bit about winning and a bit about having fun.
Kevin reckons he has won his class at one of the five Queensland Historic meetings in Warwick.
“My wife keeps a scrapbook of all my results but I don’t,” he said.
While there is no official tally between Holden and Ford, Graeme reckons if the Fords win (the most), they won’t let the Holden drivers forget.
Event chairman John Tupicoff said if Holden won, there would be a few very sorry Ford boys at Morgan Park Raceway.
“About 20 per cent of cars in action this weekend will be muscle cars,” Tupicoff said.
One of the cars racing this weekend is a GTHO Falcon Phase 3 which is identical to the car Allan Moffatt drove to win Bathurst in 1971, a year when Ford filled the first six placings.
That definitely won’t happen this weekend if Holden fanatic Kevin Heffernan and son Ashley have their way.
Warwick State High student Matt Campbell, 16, is driving both a Formula 2 car and his grandfather’s Torana at the weekend.
Qualifying is tomorrow morning with racing in the afternoon and from 9am Sunday. Tickets at gate.
Cars to watch:
Matt Campbell (Warwick) 1973 A.S.P. 330
Andrew Wilson (Brisbane) 1926 AC – Amilcar
Peter Boel (Redland Bay) 1963 Lola Mk.5A
Dylan Higgins (Brisbane) 1984 Reynard
Ron Hay (Sydney) 1980 Lola Sports 2000