CoolDrive CEO Goes Trucking from Townsville
24 Aug, 2021
When the Blanchard Racing Team’s regular transporter driver became unavailable, CoolDrive Auto Parts CEO John Blanchard jumped behind the wheel of the Team’s B-double on the recent three-day, 2,700 km journey to the team’s workshop in Melbourne.
Blanchard upgraded his truck license ahead of the season to assist the first-year team, with his driving credentials extending to the race track, where he registered three Bathurst 1000 starts, amongst other achievements dating back to the 1980s.
“Due to COVID, when we transited through New South Wales, we could not eat indoors or stay at motels,” said Blanchard.
“It was planned that we would spend that night in country New South Wales with a roaring fire roadside with a BBQ… the Dunlop guys had a chainsaw, and we had a BBQ, plenty of meat and eats. Unfortunately, the weather turned on us, with pouring rain and cold, so there was no fire!
Blanchard noted the camaraderie amongst the convoy’s drivers as being helpful during his first long-haul experience.
“Everyone really worked together and helped each other out, which was comforting.
“All in all, it was a great experience; in a small team like ours, everyone chips in when it is required, so I’m eagerly awaiting my next call up!”
The double-header of events in Townsville proved to be the most successful to date for the CoolDrive Racing outfit and driver Tim Slade, with a storming drive in Race 17 of the season from 19th on the grid to fourth at the chequered flag.
The result capped a string of six Top Ten results from seven races, covering a solid run for the squad dating back to May.
Supercars now enters a mid-season break, with the Championship set to return from October 2-3 at Victoria’s Winton Motor Raceway.