Mud runs in their blood

Third-gen­er­a­tion rac­ers turn out to com­pete in Roma Mud Derby

The Western Star - - SPORT - Sarah Diony­sius sarah.diony­sius@west­ern­starnews.com

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.

PHOTO: SARAH DIONY­SIUS

FAM­ILY AF­FAIR: Os­car Vukovich with his fa­ther Peter and grand­fa­ther Peter Vukovich Sr at the Roma Mud Derby on Satur­day.

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