McKay’s Mighty Minnie makes tracks

2016-07-27 06:00
Tracy McKay (insert) is back in the racing game after 20 years with her new ‘Mighty Minnie’.             Photo:DIGIWORX PHOTOGRAPHY

Tracy McKay (insert) is back in the racing game after 20 years with her new ‘Mighty Minnie’. Photo:DIGIWORX PHOTOGRAPHY

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TRACY McKay has joined the motor-racing world once again after a 20 year break behind the wheel of her ‘Mighty Minnie’.

She used to race Regional Clubman Saloons from early 1992 to 1997, when she won the class D Championship in her 1600cc Golf.

McKay stopped racing when she qualified as an Industrial Engineer.

“But my interest in motorsports has been there since a very young age. When my mother met my father he was racing stock cars in Natal, and I attended my first race meeting when I was 3 months old,” she said.

Her father and her boyfriend, Deon, were the deciding factors that started her racing again.

“We attended a race meeting last year as spectators. The two of them got to talking about if they built a car it would be a Mini, because my father did his mechanic apprenticeship on Minis and owned a few Minis, and the first car Deon owned was a Mini,” McKay said.

Her daughter, Tamryn, named her new racing vehicle the ‘Mighty Minnie’.

She finished last in each heat in Round 4, but this has not discouraged her from going back.

“Someone has to be last, right? But I went out and had a jol! It was so much fun being on the track again, competing in the Historics and Classics Club championship,” she said.

Her advice for someone who wants to take up a new challenge? “Just go for it. If it is what you really want to do, focus on your goal with determination and drive. We are masters of our own destiny and only you can make it happen.”

Tracy will be in action at the next Regional Race Day at Aldo Scribante on July 30.


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