Granny with grunt behind the wheel
MURWILLUMBAH'S McAndrew family is all revved up waiting for the start of the Festival of Speed on Tweed.
The family will have four members competing in the different historic car events that roar into action from Saturday, and set up camp with car enthusiasts from around the country at Murwillumbah Showground earlier this week.
Team McAndrew, or MF Racing, is made up of Speed on Tweed veteran Ross McAndrew, his wife Gloria, younger brother Ken, who is a member of the festival committee, and 18-year-old niece Kristy McAndrew.
“Kristy is a great little driver and I decided that if the boys can do it, I can too,” Mrs McAndrew said about the gender division in their race camp.
“But we don't take it seriously.
“It's competitive, but in a friendly way.
“We only live one-and-a-half kilometres down the road, but we spend the weekend camping at the showground - that is how good the atmosphere is.
“It's not just about the racing - it's about having fun.
“It's our annual holiday.”
With 17 grandchildren, Mrs McAndrew doesn't drive like a nana when she gets behind the wheel of her 1972 Datsun 1200.
“This will be the second time I have competed in Speed on Tweed and I can't wait to get behind the wheel again, especially because it will be my first year driving my own car,” she said.
Speed on Tweed organisers said they were ecstatic to have “their race back” after the motorsport event was given an uncertain future, until Repco Rally Australia came on board to revive and steer this year's event.
“If you love motor sport then this weekend is going to be bigger than Ben Hur for fans and for the town of Murwillumbah,” Ken McAndrew said.
Event coordinator Steve Brow said large crowds should be expected at the events on Saturday and Sunday, with at least $5000 worth of merchandise and tickets sold daily at the Speed on Tweed shop this week.