Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Leo Catches Up with Grey Ghost

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Leo Catches Up with Grey Ghost

Article excerpt

IT WAS not as he remembered it, but as Leo Goodfellow slid his hand over the faded bonnet of the Grey Ghost, you could tell the years hadn't changed the memories from 60 years ago.

In a special reunion, the Coffs Coast rally man sat behind the wheel of the 1947 Ford Super Deluxe that he and his brother Horace spent three weeks trying to catch around Australia.

The Grey Ghost, made famous by "Gelignite" Jack Murray, has been brought to Coffs Harbour by the Australian Rally Museum Inc, which will display historic rally memorabilia in Brelsford Park during next month's Rally Australia WRC round.

"It's been a long time," Leo said reflecting on the Redex Trial of 1955.

"The paintwork is showing its years . . . but aren't we all.

"I always said as long as this machine held up to the rigours of Gelignite Jack's driving he would win it, and he did in 1954."

One of the few surviving rally drivers from the early years of rally, Leo has a hundred stories to tell about the days where crews had just a road map book, a compass and a car-load of fuel tanks and camping gear. …

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