Davison tells AMC. “There is a lot of history and there is the connection with our grandfather Lex. Longford holds a special memory for our family.”
Alex drove a Porsche 911 GT2 in the Flying Mile and then man-handled the brutish Mercedes on the street course. Brother Will had to abort his Flying Mile run after the Mercedes’ gullwing door popped open. Unfortunately, Will had to leave after lunch due to other commitments.
Another crowd favourite was Greg Crick in his TCM Valiant Charger 340 V8, nicknamed ‘Alvin’, as in Charger-driving movie character Alvin Purple.
Crick didn’t go out on the Flying Mile as he had fitted the gearing for the upcoming TCM meeting at Symmons Plain, but he did hang it out on the street circuit and in his words, “had a bit of fun”.
Crick, who grew up in the nearby village of Perth, has clear memories of the old Longford.
“My dad used to work on the gate and my mum worked in the canteen of one of the service clubs. I can remember being in class on Friday and hearing the race engines roar down the Flying Mile. We couldn’t wait to get to the track!”
Crick also remembers when he got Jack Brabham’s autograph.
“It was a thrill to get to know him when we competed together in the Targa Tasmania,” continues Crick, who won the first two Targas. And after Longford finished? “We did plenty of ‘practice laps’ after hours before the wooden bridges were removed.”
Another racing family enjoying competing at the festival were Longford veteran and Torana L34 racer Graham Parsons and his son, 1987 Bathurst 1000 winner David. Graham had a replica of the Cortina GT he raced at Longford between 1964 and ’67 – a sedate sky blue and white 1500 model. Son David was pedalling an HDT A9X tribute racer belonging to co-promoter Greg Garwood. Quite fittingly too as David’s Bathurst triumphs came at Top centre: Quirky and dramatic things tend to happen to the Davisons at Longford. Will had a gullwing open mid-run on the Flying Mile. Main: Greg Crick, formerly a local schoolboy, in his TCM Charger, Alvin. Bottom left: Former long-time ATCC track commentator Barry Oliver drew tall tales and true from the likes of Geoff Smedley. Bottom centre: Graham Parsons competed, as did his son, David.