Racing for me started with going to
watch at the old Kaiapoi track as a child then
progressed to pit crewing for different drivers
in 6&8's Steve and Ivan Hill, Paul Wheelers
and thats when I met Dave Frew who pit crewed on
Doug Smith's chevy monza the "outlaw".
So I got to crew too. Then Doug gave me the job
of painting the tyres around the infield. Every
week I would ride my bike over to the track to do
Then I got a license, so then it was track prep.
I used to get to drive the water truck when Grant
Hobson and Peter Fete (CocaCola man) were laying
it but I always wanted a race car. So as soon as
I was 16 I built my first AP5 Valiant from there
to an AP6. I always remember my old AP5. I won my
first race and rolled my first time all in the
same race and they got a photo of it.
Then with all the spare parts left over built a
PA Vauxhall all in between pit crewing for Bill
Then was about the time I built Gary Watson his
first race car. From there I built a VG Valiant
to have ago at Hemi power, that was a good car.
Then we bought the B Grade Saloon a Victor. Raced
that for a season and got my first sash (3rd
place Canty champ).
We had a wee break from race cars for a while.
Built a couple of cars for people. Pit crewed a
bit till we built the mk3 Cortina six cylinder,
that Jackie Oliver run very successfully for me
winning nearly everything there was to win. This
was a very big highlight in my racing career and
a very special friend ship was formed.
Had a few more years off. Wife had the twins but
the itch came back. Swapped the jet boat for the
Mustang we have today with a lot of input from
Stephen Crowe REC performance and Mark Pausey and
North Canty Engine Reconditioners and heaps of
other advice from others.
This car has become a very reliable competitive
We have over the winter purchased a new 406 Chevy
Monaro which we are currently trying ... so may
be Supers next year. Family
... Wife Tracey (chief
Children ... Matthew and Brooke (twins) Pit
Crew ... Mark Pawsey, Craig
Pawsey, Tony Merrin, Glen Sownan