Murwillumbah 'on a par with Goodwood'

By ED SOUTHORN PETER Watson has owned his 1968 Bathurst-model Holden Monaro HK for more than 30 years. He used it as the family car for ages. Now has time on his hands, he is indulging his passion for classic motor racing. The retired farmer, who drove the ultimate "muscle car" from his Tamworth home to Speed on Tweed at Murwillumbah, went to the Goodwood classic car event in England not long ago. The Monaro stayed home for that trip. Speed on Tweed founder Roger Ealand admits he modelled the Murwillumbah festival on Goodwood, one of the world's great festivals. This year was perhaps the first time someone who has seen both Goodwood and Speed on Tweed has been prepared to publicly call the Mur-willumbah event "as good as Goodwood". "Speed on Tweed really has become on a par with Goodwood. That's how good this event is," Mr Watson said yesterday. Speed on Tweed's organising committee last night claimed more than 25,000%people attended the grand prix-themed festival this year. Racegoers on Saturday and yesterday were treated to a lunchtime parade featuring Sir Jack Brabham and his world championship-winning BT19, Tim Schenken and the Brabham BT36 he raced in 1971, the Beatrice Lola driven by Alan Jones in the first Australian F1 grand prix in 1985, an appear-ance by Australian grand prix legend Tony Gaze, and V8%Supercar driver Will Davison in a car once raced by his grandfather Lex Davison. Mr Ealand said: "It was an absolutely phenomenal weekend, the whole show really stepped up a notch this year. "We saw a record turnout for Friday's lunchtime and evening parade of cars, and the%Saturday night Venetian carnival was exceptional." Returning to the festival%after a four-year absence, Sir Jack signed autographs, talked to fans and praised the festival atmosphere. More than 200 historic race cars took to the 1.2-kilometre street circuit, in 12 time-trial categories.



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