Watch out, speed­way’s Liv­ing Le­gend is back on track

South Western Times - - Sport - Michael Philipps

AF­TER a three-year break from rac­ing at the Quit Bun­bury Speed­way Barry Hunter is back in the driver’s seat.

The 63-year-old, who calls him­self the “Liv­ing Le­gend”, will com­pete in the Bun­bury Car Club’s open­ing meet­ing on Satur­day.

Hunter said he re­ally en­joyed the ac­tion at the lo­cal speed­way and praised its con­di­tion.

“We had a re­ally good meet­ing a week ago with a lot of cars and a lot of peo­ple,” he said.

“A lot of peo­ple go to watch the sprint car rac­ing but if they go and watch the sedan rac­ing they will find it is a lot closer rac­ing.

“We are not as fast or as big or as fancy but it is a re­ally great night of rac­ing.

“It is a re­ally great fam­ily night with a lot of sec­ond or third gen­er­a­tion racers.”

Hunter said his re­turn to the rac­ing scene was due to so­cial rea­sons rather than a de­sire to win lots of tro­phies.

“My fam­ily has been in­volved in rac­ing since the 70s and we just en­joy the com­pany and the at­mos­phere,” he said.

“I had to re­tire for med­i­cal rea­sons and I’m not good at just sit­ting around.

“It is some­thing we re­ally en­joy and we have a lot of friends in the scene.”

Hunter said his mea­sure­ment for suc­cess in the sport was based on mem­o­ries rather than tro­phies.

“There are a lot of re­ally good men drivers and some re­ally good women drivers,” he said.

“I have been in a few State ti­tles where I did pretty well but I just en­joy it.

“Mind you when the green light flashes the foot goes down and it is all busi­ness.”

Rac­ing starts at 6pm.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Af­ter three years away from the sport, Street Stock racer Barry Hunter is re­turn­ing to Quit Bun­bury Speed­way.

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