WHO YOU CALLIN' OLD? Proserpine local Ron Draper still rides at 70.
WHO YOU CALLIN' OLD? Proserpine local Ron Draper still rides at 70. Sue Tapp

Getting racy in old age

RON Draper has been in Proserpine since 1968, some would say he's almost a local.

Although Ron was president of the Whitsunday Dirt Riders Club for 10 years, he didn't pick up a bike of his own until two weeks before his 60th birthday.

Ron retired last year but is still tearing up the track at age 70.

Last fortnight he placed third in the vintage class at the Out of the Blue dirt track challenge in Proserpine.

"It was my son who first got me into racing,” Ron said.

"I used to watch him race and one day a mate brought round an old bike and I thought, why not give it a try?”

Ron's son, Byron Draper, has been overseas for the past 15 years as a technician on the world super bike circuit, including working for Ducati for three-time world super bike champion Troy Bayliss.

So what's next for Ron?

Spending time with his son and Sweden-born grandchildren, as they arrived in Brisbane on Friday morning.

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