Bernie leaving the car trade
By PETER CATON
THE big man of Tweed horseracing, Bernie Quinn, has revealed his intentions to retire - from selling cars.
But Mr Quinn who has been president of the Tweed River Jockey Club for 30 years is likely to stay in that position, telling a business breakfast in Murwillumbah yesterday morning no one else currently wanted the job.
After decades of selling cars in Murwillumbah - including a long period as the town's Datsun/Nissan dealer - he intends "pulling up stumps out of the car game" next year.
Mr Quinn told about 80 people attending a local business chamber breakfast in the Murwillumbah Services Memorial Club yesterday he would be "heading back to the farm" near Mooball where he runs 300 head of cattle.
The champagne breakfast was the start of a bosses' big day out for some, with Mr Quinn encouraging them to make to their way to the racecourse afterwards.
He even chided some Murwillumbah shopkeepers who planned to stay open yesterday afternoon.
"I can understand some of the business houses want to stay open in the town," he said.
"But I have to say it will be awfully lonely in town later today."
Mr Quinn, whose club has repeatedly and unsuccessfully called on Tweed Shire Council to declare a half-day holiday for the Melbourne Cup afternoon, said the celebrations at the racecourse were "just wonderful for the town".
"It's a huge day," he said.
"There were people arriving down there at six-o'clock this morning trying to get a tent site, but we are full. You had to book."
Mr Quinn's tip for yesterday's race in which he admitted "Makybe Diva is going to be very, very hard to beat" was "try a trifecta".
"That's how it's going to pay," he added.