Re­vival

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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.

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