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By JohnBowe - 24 November 2021

I live for motor racing, and finally, we have some action on that front. The VHRR, an organisation that runs Historic Motor Racing in Victoria, bit the bullet and held their Historic Sandown meeting.

It was COVID vaccination dependant and no crowds allowed, but it did get us motor racing addicts back to the track. I was fortunate to be asked by my friend Joe Calleja to drive his 69 Mustang 351 in the historic touring car races, of which there were three.

Photo: Phil Wisewould

The Joes Apex Racing Team crew have done a complete nut and bolt rebuild on the car during COVID, and it is now equal to anything in the country. Luckily for me, I managed a pole position and three wins.

I'm not one to reflect on the past, but Sandown provided me with my 1200th race start, which I guess is quite an achievement in this country. When I started racing all those years ago, I had no idea nor any great ambition to make it my lifetime passion, but it just worked out that way.
I thank the universe for that!

More recently, I attended the Bathurst Challenge event, taking the opportunity to fine-tune my mighty little Touring Car Masters - Torana A9X for the upcoming Repco Bathurst 1000 races. For any car enthusiast, the Bathurst Challenge is a must consider, allowing you to drive your own car at speed around one of the worlds great race tracks.

It's a 4-day event, Thursday and Friday being 20-minute sessions for various competition cars, and then Saturday and Sunday are for road cars classed in performance-related categories. It means there is everything from Hyundai Excels to the latest Ferrari, McLaren and Porsches and everything in between.

It's a fabulous event full of interesting cars and people. Bruce Morrison from Mobil 1 and I conduct the briefing and track tips for the rookies, so it's not too overwhelming.

Check out the Bathurst Challenge website and think about it for next year.

See you at the track!