Speed flows through the blood for Maureen

The love of motorsport is something Maureen Burgess has always had a passion for, ever since being born into the sport 61 years ago.

“My father used to race AGS and Norton bikes and used to take me along with the motor races.”

Tauranga resident Maureen Burgess preparing for her high octane thrill.

Maureen, who now lives in Paengaroa and is a member of the Maketu Rotary Club, grew up in the Levin motor racing circuit and even had her first date with her husband at a
car trial.

“I was widowed when I was 36, so just raised my two children for a while.” Her passion for motorsport was reignited when she went for a ride in her cousin’s classic car last year.

Maureen saw a competition on Facebook to take a spin in an F1 Arrow AX3 as part of the Festival of Racing at Hampton Downs last Saturday.

When she received the call announcing she had won, Maureen says she thought it was a call from India or something and was waiting for someone to tell her she had something wrong with her computer.

“The conversation kept going and I thought okay,” says Maureen.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime thing. Rides like this cost about $1200 to do and having no income there is no way I would have been able to do it if I hadn’t won the competition.”
Maureen took to the track last Saturday and says she wasn’t nervous. “I was excited.”

“The whole set-up, getting me in the suit and in the car, took about 10 minutes.

The preparation time was probably longer than the lap around the track.

“At the end of it, I was hot and sweaty and being hauled out of the race car by these guys.”

Maureen says she was so little compared to the driver, whose shoulders she only came up to while sitting in the car.

“There is only a small space to fit in. People about six foot wouldn’t be able to do it. I looked like a kid in the back seat.”

Maureen says it was a unique experience and given the chance, she would definitely do it again.

“I would like to go on a different track. Speed is great.”


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