AFTER about four decades behind the wheel of racing cars, Allen Boughen is an old hand at an old car in a new class.
The Traveston-based driver returned triumphant from the 2016 Bathurst 1000 on 6-9 October, picking up first place in the Touring Car Masters class and second overall.
"We only came second because I had a little slip-up on the second-last corner and let a couple of guys slip past,” he said.
"We didn't get the chance to qualify because there was fog on the mountain, so they had to run off our practice times.
"That was okay, we had three good races and ended up coming up first in our class at the end of the weekend.”
It was only Boughen's second meeting in the new class, previously racing in the Historic Touring Car competition until the class guidelines changed.
The team has been upgrading the 1964 Mercury Comet to compete in the new competition, and it's an exciting change for Boughen.
"The category is exciting, it's fast, and it's the sort of cars that people relate to,” he said.
The next race in the series is at Clipsal in Adelaide in March next year.
"We're getting geared up to take the car down there,” Boughen said.
"We've got a lot of things to do to the car before then to get it ready to go down there and do battle.
"You do something to them every week, there's always something to do, improvements you need to do, especially while we're still getting this car up to spec for this category.
"It's a good looking car, and it's different.”
Besides some minor vibrations in the car that required some tinkering, the team's weekend went smoothly.
The competition's seven rounds in 2017 will take Boughen as far as Darwin.
"It'll be a full-on year next year as well,” he said.
"Darwin will be a hoot, I guess, it'll be somewhere different.”
The 60-year-old has been racing since the mid-seventies, and there's plenty of racing left in him.
"It certainly gives you a reason to get out of bed.”