Father-and-son Darryl and Paul Lonergan will be at the Warwick Dragway on Sunday for a spot of Monaro speed.
Father-and-son Darryl and Paul Lonergan will be at the Warwick Dragway on Sunday for a spot of Monaro speed.

Monaro magicians

PAUL Lonergan has had a Holden Monaro since he turned 17 and will test its speed on the Warwick Dragway on Sunday.

One of the highlights of the Monaro Nationals in Warwick is a day of racing on Sunday for some of the 240 Monaro drivers visiting this week and others just competing in the drags.

Darryl Lonergan is one of the co-ordinators of the nationals and remembers when his father was a loyal Holden supporter.

“I then liked the shape of the Monaro,” Darryl said.

The Holden tradition has carried on to son Paul, except for the purchase of one Mazda ute for work.

Paul has covered the quarter-mile (400m) strip at Willowbank in 14 seconds but has no idea what speed he reached.

“I didn’t look at the print-out,” he said.

On Sunday he is aiming for his best possible time on the 200m strip at the Warwick Dragway.

“Racing is part of the fun; I am not in it for the trophies” he said.

In 13 years he has travelled 20,000 kilometres in his Monaro, including a time he used it to carry his tools to building jobs.

While he hadn’t seen the drag strip, he said the Morgan Park complex was impressive from the brochure he saw in the motel.

There are eight people in the Lonergans’ group.

While his father won’t be pressing the accelerator at the dragway on Sunday, he will certainly be watching.

Gates open at 8am, quali- fying from 10am and racing from 2pm Sunday at the Warwick Dragway.


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