Memory keeps Jamie driving
THERE is nowhere else Jamie Furness would rather be than speeding around a bend on the Leyburn track in memory of his father Col.
Mr Furness is excited to hit the new hot-mix track this weekend in his 1972 Datsun 1200 Coupe after supporting the event, along with his dad, since the event began 15 years ago.
“I do it for my dad every year,” Mr Furness said.
And the son has had great success in his class since starting racing his Datsun at the event for three years ago and hopes to add to his three prestigious slate trophies this year.
Mr Furness didn’t stray far from the family tree as he followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, father, uncle and even his mother who found great success on the track.
After 19 years of racing, Mr Furness is the current Queensland champion in his 1973 Holden HQ, in which he fulfilled his dream earlier this year by racing on the Bathurst track.
Mr Furness has just completed giving his Datsun a revamp, getting it ready to be on show this Saturday. The car is now sporting a new metallic electric-blue finish with new wheels to tackle the new smooth surface.
“It’s just the adrenaline of it – its good fun racing,” he said.
“Just to win your class at Leyburn is a really big thing.”
Mr Furness said it was always a great weekend out at Leyburn, where his dad was the announcer for 10 years before his death.
“It’s always a good a weekend out there,” he said.
With record car numbers for the event it is set to be another great year - with a 1932 Triumph Wolseley Special from Steve Anderson - as the oldest car entered.
Cost: Adults $15 per day, $25 weekend; children under 14 free and tickets on sale at gate.
Accommodation: Campsites available in Leyburn on first-come-first-served basis, $20 per site for Friday and Saturday.
Racing both days from 8am.
Saturday highlights, 10am and 3pm vintage speed car demonstrations, noon official opening, Show ‘n’ Shine and car clubs grand parade; 6.30pm Sir Jack Brabham autograph and framed photo auction at Royal Hotel; 7pm Calcutta and Sweep, Leyburn RSL Club.
Sunday highlights, noon Show n’ Shine and car clubs grand parade, 3.30pm trophy presentations.