Five members of an extended family racing in one competitive class makes for serious rivalry – and some damn good fun!
A driver being supported by his or her family is a common sight at race meetings. The partner and kids in the pit area between races or sitting in the grandstand while the drivers are out strutting their stuff on the track. But a much less common sight is when several members of a family all go racing together, in their own cars, in the same class.
Back in 2004, just prior to what would be the second season of Central Muscle Cars, I got an email from Andrew Sinclair. Andrew and his brother-in-law Paul Urquhart wanted to come and do a bit of racing with CMC. They’d both been involved with the Production Muscle Car series, based in Pukekohe, but wanted to race on a few different tracks south of the Bombays.
Andrew was racing a VK Commodore at the time, painted to look like the 1986 Mobil car of Peter Brock, while Urquhart had a green XE Falcon, which carried a colour scheme replicating Dick Johnson’s infamous Bathurst livery of 1983, which blasted its way through the scenery in that year’s Top Ten Shootout.
Both Andrew’s and Paul’s cars fitted the CMC Group 2 regulations, and the 2004/’05 CMC Group 2 championship turned into a battle between these two, with Paul eventually coming out on top. (more…)