Coffs Harbour rally driver Nathan Quinn is following in the footsteps of his father Martin.
Coffs Harbour rally driver Nathan Quinn is following in the footsteps of his father Martin.

Groundhog Day for rally family

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

JUST when Mrs. Quinn thought it was safe to go back to the garage.

Her husband Martin had been driving his rally car for years and did rather well too, thank you very much.

When Martin hung up the driving gloves there was peace in the house and the girls in the Quinn home could finally hear themselves think.

That peace has now been broken.

Following in his father's footsteps, 20 year-old Nathan has begun getting behind the wheel and the revving of engines can again be heard emanating from the Quinn's Boambee East residence.

Driving a 1970 model Mazda RX2, the young Quinn made his first appearance on the rally scene recently at the Coffs Rally Wreckers event and acquitted himself quite nicely for a debutant.

"We went out and set the third fastest time is the state champs round," the new man on the scene said.

"Unfortunately the second time we went out we got caught in a slippery area and went off and got bogged."

Not bad considering his car is 35 years older than most of those being driven by his competition.

Using his skills from work where he's an apprentice mechanic at Mike Blewitt Ford, Quinn and his old man along with a few trusted mates in the crew have done up the Mazda almost to perfection.

Even going off the road in the wet hardly put a mark on the duco.

So the garage again is full of noise but the rookie driver says that deep down, Mum would've known it was going to happen.

"I was always going to be a rally driver," he said.

"I grew up with it all those years that I used to tag around with Dad."

This weekend's Hastings Valley Rally at Wauchope is the next step for Quinn as he takes his first steps in the sport.

Don't for a second think that they're tentative steps though as Nathan has his eye on much bigger things.

It mightn't be too long before we again see the Quinn name up in lights in the ARC series or perhaps an even bigger stage.



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