Lakeside fires up after decade

TRAVESTON car enthusiast Allen Boughen was one of many competitors to go for a spin on Brisbane's iconic Lakeside Raceway circuit 10 years ago before the track closed.

Back then, he drove an XT Falcon and enjoyed every moment of magic on the challenging track.

And when the track re-opened last weekend, Boughen made certain not to miss out on being a part of history.

Boughen took part in the historic touring cars category (Division 2) in his restored 1956 Ford Customline.

Although content just to be part of the action, he managed to win the category together with lifting two first and second places on the way.

Included in the race wins was the main feature race of eight laps, a victory that allowed Boughen to collect maximum points and win his category.

“It was great to be on the track again,” said Boughen, who started drag racing back in the 1970s.

“In the feature race, I started in second with a VH Holden beside me.

“It was a rolling start and I got the jump, allowing me to get out in front.”

Although enjoying the lead, Boughen was challenged by a Datsun on the fourth lap but steadied his nerves and held the pursuer at bay.

Come the sixth lap, the ambitious driver had established a lead over his rivals, making for a comfortable final two laps before the chequered flag signalled the end of the contest.

“It was tough early on, but I managed to win,” he said. “The track was a good test of my skills.”

Boughen thanked Paul from Autobahn Gympie for his assistance in making the experience possible.

The next meeting for Boughen will be late next month when a one-day event is staged by the Historic Racing Car Club. And after tasting success at the weekend, anything seems possible.

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