Barrie Crocker, still tuning and racing cars at 73

Written by Cheryl Tay on . Posted in Cheryl Tay Blog | Blog Post of Cheryl Tay

Barrie Crocker is not your average 73-year-old.

304963_455655387802037_2007025863_nHaving just turned 73 on 13 August, Barrie is, as you might have guessed, the father of Australian rally driver Cody Crocker.


I met Cody once, back in 2009 when he was driving for Motor Image in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship. Do you see a resemblance between Cody and his father?


At 73, Barrie is still actively tuning cars at his workshop Barrie Crocker Motors and also still showing the young guns how to do it with his 2005 Subaru WRX STI at the Victorian WRX Club Sprint Days. He also enjoys snow skiing (advanced runs), water skiing and jet skiing!


424250_455655361135373_79301890_nVisiting him at his workshop Barrie Crocker Motors, Barrie was poring over the engine of a Scooby with his eyebrows creased into a frown in deep concentration. 


Although he was hoping to get it fixed by the night, he still obligingly put aside his tools and allowed me to put him through a photoshoot with his race car and in the workshop!


200692_455656381135271_86768444_nHe always loved playing with cars since he was in school and even paired up with his son Cody who navigated for him for a while from the age of 16 to 18 before he went on to race on his own.

405441_455655157802060_1773145204_nI just had to ask him, when will he stop racing? He replied, “Racing has always been more of a hobby for me. When will I race until? Till I die! I will keep racing as long as my health permits. It’s hard to answer why I keep racing – it’s a strong interest and something that I can’t let go, something that I will keep going at.”


What has changed since he first started racing till now?


“From the days of racing 2WD cars, the technologies have made cars easier to drive but the sport itself, motorsports has become harder to get into as it gets more expensive,” Barrie told me.


As for tuning cars, Barrie is known for being a Subaru specialist, but he does work on other cars as well.
401982_455655964468646_776627071_n319464_455656354468607_1548732681_nAny plans for retirement from tuning soon? “I don’t know, hopefully in the next two years,” he said.
That turbocharger in the picture below? It is a Kamak turbocharger Barrie Crocker special edition with his autograph laser engraved on it!
Coincidentally, Barrie is also a long-time user and loyal customer of Martini Racing Australia, servicing his customers’ cars and his own race cars with their products.
View here for more of my photos of Barrie Crocker.

Cheryl Tay

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Singapore’s only female full-time motoring and motorsports photojournalist. Independent automotive consultant and prominent local motorsports personality Cheryl Tay is uniquely passionate about all things cars and motorsports. She also has a strong passion to share her interest and knowledge, hence having a dream to become the ‘Oprah Winfrey of cars and motorsports’ and create a multimedia platform for her sharing. - A female in a male-dominated world, Cheryl Tay is Singapore’s only female full-time motoring journalist and motorsports blogger and she regularly writes for prominent titles in Singapore, Asia and internationally. (See full list of titles that Cheryl Tay writes for here.)

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