Real Barbie car on track at Morgan Park
MOTORSPORT: A VW beetle called Barbie will have six drivers, including one from Warwick, in the first 24 Hours of Lemons at Morgan Park Raceway.
The event started at 3pm Friday and will go to 3pm Saturday.
Adrienne Doherty works at the family quarry at Yangan and said she was a bit nervous in the lead-up to the first 24-hours race in Warwick.
"I just want to finish and not break the car,” Doherty said.
She has played netball and football over the years but this weekend is her first move into motorsport.
"I am really looking forward to the event,” she said.
The car is owned by Brodee and Eva Gray from Ipswich, who run Gray Infrastructure, which specialises in blockage remediation on underground infrastructure.
One employee from the Sydney branch and one from the Melbourne branch have flown to Queensland to take their turn at the wheel.
In keeping with the Lemons rule that the car must initially have cost under $1000, a 2000 VW Beetle with 315,000km on the clock was bought for $400.
"We spent a couple of thousand dollars on safety gear, that is very important,” Brodee said.
"I painted it in the middle of a paddock on the farm at Walloon for $400.”
"Eva and I have four daughters and one son and the girls wanted a Barbie car. Next year, the oldest girl, Layla, will be 14 and able to be part of the team at Morgan Park.”
The Grays were in Warwick earlier this year for a test weekend where endurance races were held each day and plan a second 24-hour event at Wakefield Park, Goulburn NSW later this year.
Before the race, Brodee said they were planning turns of around 90 minutes for each driver,
Admission is free to the raceway with grandstand seating available, most drivers will be in fancy dress.
Action until 3pm Saturday.