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Sledging and the Changing Face of Sport

Renee Gracie image: twitter.com

Ford V8 Racing car driver David Reynolds has been fined $25,000 for remarks deemed offensive against fellow Bathurst 1000 competitor Renee Gracie.

Gracie is getting more attention from the remarks she received prior to the race than from her driving; especially after spectacularly crashing out in the early laps of the race.

V8 Supercars boss James Warburton was quick to announce the heavy fine, reiterating the comments were ‘offensive’.

One wonders if Reynolds had trash-talked Gracie’s or partner Simone Silvestro’s driving skills without alluding to their gender if the same disciplining would have taken place.

Reynolds took the high ground saying she had “accepted his apology, that’s all I need.

“We are professionals,” she preened, “it’s one of those things. The V8s (management) have handled it.”

Gracie is part of the same Ford Prodrive Racing team garage as Reynolds at Bathurst – which should make for some interesting conversations amongst the crews.

Earlier this week racing great Dick Johnson said the female pair were “a million to one” of finishing their first Bathurst 1000.

Gracie fired back that “Dick Johnson hasn’t finished heaps of races, so he can’t talk.”

Dick Johnson made no mention of gender, though Gracie apparently interpreted it that way.

After crashing the mechanics had 39 laps to get the car of Gracie and Silvestro back onto the track for the chequered flag. They got the car back on the track in time for the final lap.

Tony Stewart Cleared of Murder Charges

A US grand jury decided last week not to charge three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart with the death of Kevin Ward Jr.

On August 9 Stewart struck and killed Ward during a race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Stewart faced reporters for the first time since the incident. He was flanked by his lawyer who advised him not to speak about the incident as Stewart may still face civil proceedings from Ward’s family.

Tony Stewart. Photo: news92fm.com

Tony Stewart. Photo: news92fm.com

Stewart told reporters he’d fallen ot of the four-car race team he co-owns. Since the death of Ward he hasn’t raced, nor even been able to watch the races he has missed. His team, he says, has pretty much functioned without him.

“I’ve let my team down from that standpoint,” Stewart told reporters. “I’ve been a little bit of a cheerleader, but that’s about all I’ve been able to contribute here the last seven weeks.

“It’s been hard for me to function day-to-day. There hasn’t been anything normal about my life the last seven weeks, so it’s been very hard to try to do anything to be productive to help those guys.”

Stewart said he has been receiving counselling since Ward’s death. The race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park wasn’t a big race meet, Stewart only went for the fun of racing, he didn’t need to be there that night.

He says he now regrets he was.

14 Year-Old Set to Debut in V8’s

14 year-old Jake Kostecki is set to break Paul Dumbrell’s record for being the youngest ever driver in a V8 race. Dumbrell was 16 when he began his stellar career with a place in V8.

Jake Kostecki. Photo: booths.speedcafe.com.au

Jake Kostecki. Photo: booths.speedcafe.com.au

Kostecki has come through the karting grades, beginning when he was just six years-old. He has a long pedigree of worthy performances in KF3, has raced in the Stars of Karting championship, and battled it out with the best in the Australian Swift Racing Series.

Owner of the Ford Performance Racing team, Matthew White, said “we’ve ticked everything off so far and the final sign-off is on Friday (today) in practice so we have been working through with CAMS (Confederation of Australian Motorsport) on the requirements.”

The West Australian prodigy will be driving a full-spec Ford Falcon at this weekend’s Shannons Nationals, as part of the Kumho Tyres V8 Touring Car Series.

Matthew White is hoping to ease his new driver into the rigors of racing at the highest level by giving him as many laps as possible. “I love to help fast track some young drivers and give them a chance of being a valuable commodity to a V8 Supercar team,” said White. “He (Kostecki) had a test at Winton and was a quick learner and listened to what he was told and was quite respectable by the end of the day.”

White will be driving the other team car this weekend. But White’s racing will be more focused on helping the young tyro get up to speed in the big leagues of V8.

Billy, Classic Cars, and Scope Productions

I met Billy through the Classic Cars Investment forum. I was a new investor; he was an old head who’d been around cars all his life. The forum attracted people from all backgrounds. But they all loved of classic cars.
Classic carAs usually happens, friendships formed. I met Billy, and a few other forum regulars, at the Winternationals, Bathurst 12 Hour, the Gold Coast 600 and other Australian motor racing meets. The roar of engines, the smell of petrol, the blur of high-performance cars intoxicated us.
Over the years we bonded. The bonding helped us all: We would discuss new cars entering the Classic Car Investment listings and share our knowledge. We’d help each other sourcing parts for our own classic cars. And we’d meet for our own rallies when we could.

Billy’s death took us by surprise. It shouldn’t have, he was getting on; but when someone so passionate, so full of life suddenly isn’t there anymore it leaves a gap. The entire Classic Car Investment community was shaken. Billy was well liked.
Everyone wanted to pay their respects to Billy. But we all wanted to do so in a way that showed how much of an influence he had on us. We wanted a wake that would revolve around cars somehow. But we were car enthusiasts, not event planners. So I put out feelers for a business brave enough to organize a tasteful wake for a bunch of rev-heads.
As you’d imagine we had difficulty finding anyone. Most event planners like to control the space of the venue. Clearly this was not an option for classic car drivers. Nor did we have much time. True, a wake can be held anytime. But out of respect for Billy we wanted it while he was still fresh in everyone’s memory.
It was Sydney productions agency that finally accepted the challenge. Scope Productions are smart enough to keep the charges down, but big enough to work on events anywhere in Australia. And where we were short on ideas, they blew us away!
The Events Management team at Scope suggested that rather than reinventing the wheel – and creating an event from scratch – we should use a pre-existing event from which to launch our own. This would keep our costs down and ensure the event was relevant and tasteful.
Everyone agreed, so we let Scope run with the idea.
27Oct_DavidReynolds2_800x600A few days later Scope Productions returned to us with event idea Billy would have loved as much as we did. Their idea was to host the wake at a venue in the precinct of the Gold Coast 600. They would decorate, furnish and cater for the event. But – and this astonished us – Scope said that they could negotiate with the Gold Coast 600 management to allow us to ‘race’ three laps of the circuit as part of Billy’s tribute! The memorial event would even be in the listed on the Gold Coast V8 website.
Again, as you might imagine, there was a ton of legal forms and requirements to deal with. But Scope did most of the work. They made the event easy, they made it enjoyable, and they helped us send Billy off in the best way possible.

Car Racing Australia

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For all the car enthusiasts out there, you can never get enough of what Aussie car racing has to offer. The speed, the sound, the energy of everyone there – there’s just nothing like it. If you’re into cars, car racing and anything to do with buying (or at least looking) at fancy classic cars, we’ve got you covered.

Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix

Let’s start with the obvious one – the absolute pinnacle of sporting events when it comes to cars. People flock to this bad boy from all over, so missing out just isn’t an option. This year, the event takes place from 13-16th March down in Melbourne. General admission tickets start from $99, but are well worth it. All that racing action will have you feeling like you’re practically on the track, but boy car enthusiasts just live for it!

V8 Supercars

V8 Supercars is a touring car racing category based in Australia, where crowds of more than 250,000 flock to watch those speedy cars battle it out everywhere from Darwin to Adelaide. These races are year round, starting from March-June, then again in November and December. Race goers can expect a family friendly experience with a festival atmosphere and all the drama and non-stop excitement of a motor race at all the V8 rounds in Australia. Keep your eyes peeled for dates!

carGold Coast 600

This race is a V8 racing car carnival held in Surfers Paradise over three days in October. The beautiful backdrop of the Gold Coast is the perfect backdrop, with the social program equally as important as the racing action. See the world’s top notch V8 Supercars whizz around the beachside track, or watch an exciting showdown race with 18 top international drivers competing for first place. With a bunch of international superstars set to perform again this year, it’s one of the favourites of Aussie car racing.

Classic Car Investments

Now, we know you’re all very avid fans of cars, but for those a little more dedicated to the car industry, we’ve got a few places you can go for some car-buying and admiring fun. The Jaguar Mk2 is one of the premium classic cars available, and given the chance, a dream to drive. Restored to its former glory, the Jaguar Mk2 is for sale in Australia, UK and USA. Of course if this doesn’t suit your taste, perhaps the idea of driving a Mercedes Benz s600 will tempt you. This 1972 model is family suitable (if you need to convince the wife), and will knock the socks off anyone who sees it. And lastly, a favourite of mine is the classic Rolls Royce Silver Spur for a 1980s piece of vintage luxury.

carCars are good for many things – racing, buying and admiring. If the sound of the engine revving and the smell of exhaust makes you feel a bit lightheaded, get yourself to these car racing events pronto! And of course if driving one of the classic cars is more your taste, definitely explore the world of vintage motor vehicles – either way you won’t be disappointed.