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Inspired Leahy set for Nostalgia Drags Series at Willowbank

RICH HISTORY: The Leahy family name is going strong.
RICH HISTORY: The Leahy family name is going strong. Contributed

MORE than 200 nostalgia vehicles are expected to descend on Willowbank Raceway in just over four weeks for round one of the 2013 Nostalgia Drags Series later this month.

When they do, one racer in particular will most likely be feeling more nostalgic than most.

The Gold Coast's Peter Leahy - the son of drag racing legend and nostalgia enthusiast, the late Roly Leahy - recently returned from a trip to the US with his brother Greg.

There they viewed their father's revered race car in the NHRA museum before taking it out to the race track.

The brothers hope to complete a 200 mile per hour pass in the machine using their father's old race number and plan to bring the car back home once they do to attempt the same milestone on Australian soil.

While for now the magic number is yet to be broken, Leahy said the US trip had provided some extra inspiration for his own racing efforts.

"I know it sounds corny, but we are just trying to follow dad's dream and part of that was to hit that 200 marker," said Leahy.

We are just trying to follow dad's dream and part of that was to hit that 200 marker.

"While we haven't hit it yet, it was still so special to watch Greg at the wheel after seeing the car in the museum.

"It is just so inspiring and humbling to be reminded that dad's legacy is so honoured by so many people, both here in Australia and in the US.

"Now that we are back home and not set to go back for another US attempt until later in the year, I am turning my thoughts back to my own racing - starting with the Cruzin Magazine Nostalgia Drags event at Willowbank in February.

"At the same time though, I know I am definitely feeling a little more inspired following our trip - hopefully that follows through to some inspired results come race day."

I am definitely feeling a little more inspired following our trip - hopefully that follows through to some inspired results come race day.

The Nostalgia Drags begin with qualifying at 9am on Saturday, February 23, ahead of racing from 4pm.

Featuring not only exciting racing from a range of Nostalgia classes, the event also offers off-track entertainment, including the popular Show and Shine.

Open to all modern, classic, vintage, street machine and hot rod vehicles, the Show and Shine features a number of trophies for Best General Motors, Ford, Mopar, Hot Rod, USA vehicle and Australian vehicle.

It is open to all interested event attendees.

See willowbankraceway.com.au for full information.

Topics:  drag racing, willowbank raceway




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