Premature End to Race Return

BACK ON TRACK: Dean Baker returns to racing with his restored Limited Sportsman. PHOTO: Leanne Shanks
BACK ON TRACK: Dean Baker returns to racing with his restored Limited Sportsman.
PHOTO: Leanne Shanks

Dimboola driver Dean Baker was ready to race his for the first time in 25 years on Saturday at the Blue Ribbon Raceway. Baker had worked tirelessly to restore the same car that achieved a Victorian title in 1988 for Saturday’s race.

Unfortunately, Baker was unable to finish the race in the restored beauty, his clutch blowing out in his second race.

“For the last four months, I have spent every spare moment working on the restoration,” he said.  “I did it as a tribute to a great family friend who helped me build the vehicle originally, Reg Luy, who was killed in a crash about four years ago.”

Baker said Saturday’s conditions were difficult.  “The track was wet and the car was feeling loose and sliding up high but it was really about getting the car there so people could see it race,” he said.

Saturday’s feature races saw Cobden’s Carly Walsh take home the wingless sprints race win and Minyup’s Adam McKenzie posted first place in the limited sportsman race.

By Rochelle Brown

SOURCE: Wimmera Mail Times, June 12, 2016