From humble beginnings, 24 years ago in Super Street until today...WOW!!
My involvement in this sport is nothing short of life altering. As I sit on the precipice of a McClure Motorsport restructure, I reflect on what was, what is and what will be??
Through the years I have served many roles, as a crew member for both hubby and my 3 amazing children. A rollercoaster of emotion is felt every race meet. Fear, excitement, pride, frustration, sadness, exhilaration and happiness, to name a few. To witness your children go from babies running around with oversized ear muffs on, to being absorbed in every aspect of this awesome sport, has been a truly amazing experience.
I’ve been a crew member for Al for 24 years and a Junior Dragster Mum for 11 years. I have witnessed the highs and lows for both. For JD’s it swings from winning state championships to being put on the trailer after Q1 for going too fast. The bigger car is the same, but different. The lows of breaking car parts that can’t be replaced easily to travelling the country securing national championships. It’s a crazy ride!
Volunteering and giving back to the sport that has given my family so much is also the greatest feeling. I’ve been lucky enough to assist at track days, sing the national anthem (tick that off the bucket list), have a stint as vice president of WCJDA and spread the love of our sport through helping out with The Quarter Mile Drag Racing Experience. Involving the kids as volunteers (boys both scrutineering and Kasey with her finger on the pulse in race control) has also allowed them to give back and have a better understanding and respect for the sport that has given them so much.
Then FINALLY, after all these years of standing on the startline I get my chance. The feeling is overwhelming, getting a real experience of being harnessed in, guided through the burnout, then getting an up close and personal (even though I have crossed it many times while doing reverse gear duties) look at the tree. I feel like I’ve come full circle.
My varied roles as crew, Mum, wife, reverse gear, volunteer, anthem singer and all round ‘drag racing tragic’ have been experiences that I will never forget. I look forward to the next stage and exciting future of McClure Motorsport. Drag racing is so much more than cars going fast in a straight line. I encourage anyone lucky enough to be a part of it, to embrace it and allow yourself to be immersed...you won’t regret it.