For 62 years Rick Perry has been behind the wheel and in the race driver’s seat, with his love of cars racing him through Historic Winton year after year.
Perry has only missed a couple of Historic Winton events, having been racing, maintaining and building cars since he was just a teenager.
‘‘Like most amateurs you learn as you go along,’’ Perry said.
‘‘I’ve always played around with cars, had a liking for mechanical things back from the days when we were kids when we used to fly model planes, control liners stunters, combat and team racers.’’
Beginning with road trials, Perry eventually found himself involved in circuit racing.
His love of the Winton Motor Raceway’s unique track has kept him coming back, this year he is set to race in his self-built 1927 Amilcar/Riley Special, a design which came about after travelling to the UK in 1986.
‘‘The Winton track is great for historic cars,’’ he said.
‘‘It is forgiving and cars can spin off safely in lots of places, which I’ve done many times before.
‘‘My first and only win at Winton was a handicap event in my previous historic race car, a Holden Special.
‘‘It was the first time out with that car and I think the handicappers were rather kind to me, it only happened once.’’
Perry had planned to race in the first ever Historic Winton 42 years ago, however, it wasn’t to be, with his car not making it to be ready in time.
Like many others who frequent the Winton Motor Raceway track every year, Mr Perry admires how spectators are able to get into the competition paddock, placing them right in the heart of the action.
‘‘It’s good for spectators to be able to get up close to the pit and see the cars and interact with the drivers,’’ he said.
The Historic Winton event will be held on May 26 and 27.