Patriarch Ty Facer (standing) with his special “pit crew”.
Patriarch Ty Facer (standing) with his special “pit crew”.

Leyburn Sprints a family affair

TY Facer senior is a quintessential Aussie bloke in the sense he loves his kids and he loves cars.

But the Leyburn grandfather is quick to emphasise it’s always been family first.

Last weekend for the fourth consecutive Leyburn Sprints he successfully managed to combine both his passions.

Ty and his 25-year-old son Ty junior were just one of a select few home-grown teams entered in the annual race.

“I bought the car five years ago when Ty junior thought he’d like to give racing a go,” he explained.

Since then the pair has modified their 1972 LJ Torana, tweaking it until they had a car they believed was a real contender in this year’s tough sprints competition.

“We had some success at Pittsworth sprints where we finished third in the 2850 class, but not on our home track in Leyburn, so we were hoping for a better round this year,” Ty senior said.

This weekend they raced under the catchy moniker InyaFacer. Racing, and while it was street glory they were seeking, having their extended family line the track cheering was as “good as life gets”.

“They were all here and we’ve got some good local mates too, so it was just special to be part of the action,” he said.

“There is nothing quite like having your wife and kids cheering as you take off.”

With a start like that he explained it really didn’t matter where you finished.

Ty and his wife Cheryl moved to Leyburn 16 years ago in search of space and a weekender so their kids could experience bush life.

“I just wanted somewhere we could go fishing and camping,” Ty said.

“Then Cheryl suggested we just move here permanently.”

The couple raised their four children on the outskirts of the small town and are now relishing introducing their five young grandchildren to country life.

“We love it out here. We’ve made some pretty good mates and it’s a friendly little community,” he said.

This year the Facer car was sponsored by Meg and Tim Ault from Leyburn’s only General Store.

“Racing cars is an expensive hobby,” Mr Facer said.

“So we’re very grateful for the local support.”

As for whether there was a home-town advantage, the Facers wouldn’t commit: “We did take the Torana out and do a few laps around the track, before the weekend and the officials joked about giving us a handicap,” Ty said.

“Being able to try out the new surface before the race, that’s just one of the advantages of living in Leyburn.”

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