Never too old for Winton

May 17, 2017

Classic wheels: John Anderson will be racing his 1956 Cooper Butler at next weekend's Historic Winton.

A show-stopping red classic will soon be tearing up the race track at Winton, with local classic car enthusiast John Anderson behind the wheel.

Mr Anderson, who has been racing at Winton Motor Raceway for almost 30 years, will take to the track again as part of the 41st Historic Winton.

He will be racing a traffic-stopping red 1956 Cooper Butler, built by renowned South Australian driver Garrie Cooper and Norman Butler.

Mr Cooper was the producer of Elfin Racing Cars and Mr Anderson’s Cooper Butler was the second Elfin race car ever built.

At this year’s Historic Winton, Australia’s oldest Aston Martin will be on display.

According to its owner and Aston Martin Owners Club of Victoria president Peter Saglietti, it is the ninth-oldest known surviving car of its type in the world and the oldest Aston Martin production racing car built as a two-seater racer in the world.

‘‘Imported by a Mr John Goodall of Melbourne in 1924, it competed at the Phillip Island Grand Prix from 1928 to 1930, where it came third in its category,’’ Mr Saglietti said.

‘‘The car has undergone several restorations, with its current body being identical to the one raced in 1922 at the French Grand Prix in Strasbourg.’’

Lovers of heritage cars will be treated to more than 2000 rare and beautifully restored vehicles on display over the Historic Winton weekend.

Vehicles will include vintage tractors, steam engines, vintage caravans, model planes, vintage speedway cars and bikes.

The Historic Winton weekend begins on Friday, May 26 with the Benalla and District Classic Car and Motorbike Tour and continues with two big days of edge-of-your-seat heritage car and motorbike racing on May 27 and 28.

Tickets are available at the gate on the days. Entry fees on Saturday are $30, Sunday are $35, a weekend pass is $60, competitor paddock is $5 and children 16 and under no charge.

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Win passes to Winton

The Courier has five double passes to the action at Historic Winton to give away.

Send an envelope to: Winton Competition, Cobram Courier, 31-35 Station St, Cobram, 3644, drop it into the office, or email [email protected]

Include your name, address and a daytime contact phone number.

Entries must be received by 5pm on Tuesday, May 23, winners will be notified on Wednesday.

Winners must be able to pick up their tickets from the Courier’s office.

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