Former Echuca resident Gary Thorn is the newly-crowned Australian Supersprint Champion and Australian Hillclimb Champion.By Kathleen Tonini
Former Echuca resident and self-confessed ‘rev-head’ Gary Thorn stopped by his home town last week.
Mr Thorn is the newly-crowned Australian Supersprint Champion and Australian Hillclimb Champion, taking out the second title last week at Bathurst.
Mr Thorn’s vehicle, a Birkin clubman sportscar, otherwise known as ‘‘my beautiful girl’’, can reach speeds of 220km/h.
The car weighs 580kg and can accelerate faster than a V8 supercar.
Mr Thorn said the car was a replica of a Lotus 7 and had a 2-litre Ford Focus engine.
He bought the kit for the car and put it together himself about four years ago.
He initially built it to take his wife to wineries, but after her first ride his wife declared she never wanted to get in the car again.
So now Mr Thorn races about once a month, mostly in Western Australia, where he has lived for the past 30 years.
He has taken out the Supersprint title once before in 2010, but the Hillclimb was a first.
‘‘It’s good,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s been a big year.’’
Though he lives on the other side of the country, his ties to home are still strong and he has been a regular visitor over the years.
He said racing was not ‘‘for sheep stations’’and there was no prize money involved.
‘‘The social side is absolutely brilliant,’’ he said.
City of Greater Shepparton councillors have chosen not to provide support for the Slap Tomorrow forum on climate change to be held next month.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
Echuca East Primary School students had to remove dog poo before they could play a game of junior football at Echuca East Recreation Reserve on Friday.
The Elmore Events Centre has received a $500,000 grant which it will put towards the centre's $1.1 million upgrade.
Service groups, sporting groups, schools, businesses and the general public are being urged to get involved in the Salavation Army's Red Shield Appeal this weekend.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A fire on a historic bridge on the Heathcote Spring Plains Rd is being treated as suspicious.
Koonoomoo’s recovery from a tornado which hit the township in March is continuing — but this weekend the process will take on a lighter note.
The Roos, after losing four games in a row, have won their second straight with an 80-point thrashing of Picola United.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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