Aussies abroad

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Sport - M M ‘Mike’ Matune Jnr

To say Lex­ing­ton, Ohio, USA is a long way from Cess­nock, NSW, Aus­tralia is an un­der­state­ment, but broth­ers Aaron and Philip Lewis made the trip to com­pete in the Mid-Ohio Vin­tage Grand Prix in late June. Orig­i­nally con­ceived as a trip to take on cir­cuits at Indy and Mid-Ohio, plans were de­railed by a com­edy of er­rors that would see their race­cars hung up on a Los An­ge­les dock for weeks, even­tu­ally miss­ing the Indy meet­ing but re­cov­er­ing in time to make the grid at the MidOhio Sportscar Course.

Once there, the broth­ers en­joyed a fruit­ful week­end in their Matich A50 F5000 (Philip) and Lola T163 Can-Am racer (Aaron). Philip was re­turn­ing to the US after run­ning Watkins Glen, Road Amer­ica and La­guna Seca last year, while Aaron was mak­ing his US com­pe­ti­tion de­but.

They found Mid-Ohio to their lik­ing, gain­ing speed through­out the week­end. Aaron com­mented that Mid-Ohio (es­tab­lished 1962) re­minded him of some of the great Aus­tralian cir­cuits built in the 1960s in a surge of rac­ing en­thu­si­asm brought on by Jack Brab­ham’s 1959 world cham­pi­onship. He went so far as to say that Mid-Ohio’s Carousel lead­ing onto the straight was very close to the same con­fig­u­ra­tion found at Lake­side.

Hav­ing gained and re­in­forced a feel for US vin­tage rac­ing, the two will re­turn later this year to run events at Road Amer­ica and La­guna Seca. They are part of a trend that sees an in­creas­ing num­ber of Aussies at­tend­ing US his­torics events, most no­tably La­guna Seca’s Monterrey Mo­tor­sports Re­union, Au­gust 18-21.

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