Father and son share exhiliration
Robbie (left) and Tony Packer with the Jaguar XK140. Picture: Brian White

If you compete in motorsport it is an absolute inevitability there is a hairy moment lurking around one of those bends.

The survivors are lucky enough to live to regale their mates with the oft-embellished tale.

Not that there was any embellishment necessary for long-time rally driver Tony Packer, who experienced his death-defying moment during a grand prix rally in South Australia.

He was belting along at a fair old pace and the roof of his E Type Jag blew open.

Packer - obviously made of strong stuff - was more concerned about the navigation maps and notes which disappeared skywards.

Last weekend he completed the 2014 QTW, his second, in another Jaguar - his beautifully maintained 1955 XK140, a classic if there ever was one.

His co-driver was son Robbie, whose studies at Scotch College don't allow him the luxury of competing in four-day rallies.

So he is a comfortable weekend warrior, for the time being, with his dad relying on mates for the duties on Thursdays and Fridays.

Racing in the challenge classic category, they finished sixth last year and a handy fifth this time, a reasonable way behind the leaders.

But it's another satisfying bonding experience for father and son.

The West Australian

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