Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Racing into 75, 59 Yrs on Track

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Racing into 75, 59 Yrs on Track

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Byline: Tara Cassidy Tara.Cassidy@dailymercury.com.au

BLUEY Pearl has been racing for nearly 60 years, starting at 16 and still going at 75. Originally from Mackay, Bluey celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday with family and friends, and you guessed it, at the Palmyra Dragway track.

He said you can't stop being a "petrol head", it's in your blood from the day you're born till the day you die. He is best known for racing with Ford and Holden in his younger years, and said the highlight of his career was driving at Bathurst.

"I also drove some sport sedans in Melbourne which was great, southern eighties, the ski boats doing 100 mile an hour, everything," he said. "It's just a passion, you can't stop, I've kept driving right up until today, now I'm the director of Beat the Heat Queensland and own three police cars that I race.

"I still come here to Palmyra, this where I first started when I was just a teen."

Bluey is a huge advocate for racing of all kinds, but started Beat the Heat in the hopes of educating young adrenalin junkies, like he once was, to do it in a safe environment on the tracks, rather than out on the streets. …

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