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For a group of special young people, next weekend’s Historic motor race meeting at Sandown is going to be something truly memorable. Next Friday, November 9 the Victorian Historic Racing Register will host the youngsters from “Make a Wish” Foundation at its 21st annual Historic event at Sandown International Raceway.

A highlight will be the opportunity to slip on a helmet, strap into a race car and do a lap of the circuit with one of the competing drivers.

Accompanying the group to Sandown will be their parents and friends, plus one of the volunteers from “Make a Wish” Foundation who will be on hand to photograph the occasion.

A 40-event program of non-stop action follows on Saturday and Sunday (November 10 and 11), with the feature race being for touring cars from the 1970s to the ‘90s. These are the actual Fords, Holdens and Chryslers that thrilled the fans at Bathurst during this era, and will be run over 15 laps with a compulsory pit stop.

As well at the ‘tintops’, the two-day program will also cater for open wheel racing cars and sports cars from the 1920s through to the 1990s. And for a change of pace, some 300 selected club cars will be on static display throughout the weekend, adding another dimension to the celebration.

And it truly is a celebration, as 2012 is a landmark year for the famous circuit. It is 50 years since the opening meeting at Sandown when many of the world’s greatest racing drivers took part in the inaugural international event.

The return of the thunder will be a fitting way to celebrate this special anniversary.

For more information contact Brian Reed (0427 395 296)