Give me some zoom room

By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY

WHILE most women at the age of 70 spend their time gardening, lawn bowling or visiting the grandkids, Bj McCarthy prefers to tear around in her souped-up 1981 VH Holden Commodore.

She has always had a love and passion for cars and said she wanted to be a racing car driver when she was young.

"Back then they didn't allow women to be (racing) drivers,'' she said.

"But I find driving exciting and thrilling.''

She enjoys her car so much she recently spent over $5000 rebuilding the interior and exterior.

Some of the more impressive features include a new paint job, a chromed engine cover, a new sound system, and even a ceiling-mounted DVD player.

And while Ms McCarthy's car could easily out-run the average police car, she still keeps the speed down.

She is a member of the Capricorn Driving Support Network and said the club was all about responsible riding.

Of course, she still has a thirst for speed and said she would like to see a drag strip built in town.

"I don't speed unless it's in a controlled place,'' she said. "But I have always loved driving.''

Her family too is supportive of her passion.

Her son Brett McCarthy said he often goes on drives with her.

"I am real proud of her,'' he said.

"Here she is in her 70s and still enjoying things.''

Mr McCarthy is also involved in the driving club and said three generations of his family love cars.

"I take my kids out on the trips,'' he said.



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