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Aged care provider gets behind resident living his V8 racing dream

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It goes without saying that aged care providers encourage their residents to live their best life — but Homestyle Aged Care have taken it to the next level in Victoria.

Homestyle Aged Care Clarendon Grange resident Ray Beckerley is crew chief for a Holden VH Commodore race car driven by Graeme Meer, who participates in Vicv8’s Victorian V8 Series.

Vicv8s is a club formed in late 2012 that affords its amateur members the chance to move from sprint driving to ‘racing’ in their privately owned V8 powered Australian Touring Car’s on Australia’s best race circuits.

Beckerley is a well-known car enthusiast and Clarendon Grange identity, and some time ago approached Homestyle to gauge their potential interest in maybe sponsoring the car.

“We were delighted to be able to sponsor the car, especially given Ray’s involvement, his passion is something we wanted to encourage and support,” Homestyle CEO Tim Humphries said.

And so, the Homestyle Race Car was born.

Though last year’s season was interrupted due to COVID restrictions, Beckerley has kept Homestyle, its staff and his fellow residents in the loop regarding race results.

“Ray attempted to host a drive day to allow some Homestyle residents and team members the chance to experience speeds of up to 280km/h, however, unfortunately the driver, Graeme, was unavailable over the weekend of the event,” Humphries revealed.

“The second attempt at Sandown was a weekend race meet, commencing Friday with practice, where again bad luck befell the team, and a crash in practice put the car out for the weekend.

“Regardless, we are delighted to be able to share in Ray’s passion!”

Meer says he remains optimistic for a drive day later in the year, where he says there will be a few surprises for each of the passengers, but he’s keeping tight lipped about the white-knuckle adventure ahead.

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