Mud runs in their blood
Third-generation racers turn out to compete in Roma Mud Derby
MUD RACING: They say like father, like son and for the Vukovich family this could not ring truer.
Peter Vukovich Senior first got the taste for mud racing over 30 years ago and his son, also named Peter, followed in his footsteps.
And now Peter Vukovich Jr’s son, Oscar, has started competing in the sport, making him a thirdgeneration racer.
The minimum age limit for the sport is 10 years and luckily for Oscar, he celebrated his tenth birthday just before Roma’s Easter Mud Derby this year.
The keen racers turned out for Saturday’s Roma Mud Derby, with both Oscar and his father getting behind the wheel.
Oscar was the only one to compete in the junior class on the day but those in the know agreed he would have fared well if up against any opposition.
When asked what he liked most about mud racing Oscar replied; “Just getting dirty.”
Peter Vukovich Jr said he enjoyed being able to compete in the sport as a family.
“You meet a lot of people travelling for the meets and it’s just a lot of fun,” he said.
“I bought my first car when I was 14 and have never looked back.
“It’s a pretty cheap motorsport and despite what it looks like it’s actually really safe.”
The event attracted 10 cars in four categories.
Oscar took out the awards for both the junior drags and twin tracks with his car Son of a Deviate, Hot Stuff took out top gun drags and twin tracks, Red Devil won the standard drags and twin tracks, and Little Devil was the winner of the buggies drags and twin tracks.
FAMILY AFFAIR: Oscar Vukovich with his father Peter and grandfather Peter Vukovich Sr at the Roma Mud Derby on Saturday.