FAMILY TRADITION: Bill Campbell, grandson Matt and daughter Teresa (Matt’s aunt) love to race.
FAMILY TRADITION: Bill Campbell, grandson Matt and daughter Teresa (Matt’s aunt) love to race. Katie Cameron

Three generations rev up family bonds

HISTORY was made at the motor sport state championships over the weekend, with a race that included three generations.

Bill Campbell spent time with his daughter Teresa and grandson Matt at the championships on Saturday, and said he couldn't think of a better way to spend Father's Day.

All three of them are racers, with Mr Campbell starting the family tradition.

"It started with my desire to be around cars," Mr Campbell said.

"I've been racing for 40 odd years; Teresa started 18 years ago and Matt started four years ago.

"I find it's good to be able to compete against them.

"Their youth and enthusiasm far outweighs my experience."

With young Matt considering a career in national motor sport, Mr Campbell has supported his grandson at every single race he has been in.

Another family, the Donnellys, have also found racing to be a great way to bond with family.

Lauren Bradford and her father John Donnelly always enjoy spending quality time together at motor sport events.

"I started when I was 18," Lauren said.

"Dad has been racing since 1978.

"It's great to have common interests. We can work on cars together."

Mr Donnelly said Lauren used to help him assemble cars before she started to race herself.

"It's great to have a daughter and son that enjoy doing what we do," he said.

"Our family is very competitive, particularly amongst ourselves...but it's all in good fun."

Lauren even met her future husband Shane through the race scene, but at first her dad didn't approve.

"My dad thought he was a long-haired kid who drove a Torana," Lauren joked.

"Dad is a staunch Ford man."

Luckily things worked out, car differences aside.

Lauren and Shane have been happily married for eight years and have three children.

They plan to continue motor sports and have the support of their whole family.



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