Will Hagon is back in Wondai
FANS of motorsport commentary will be happy to hear who's coming to town for the 2019 Wondai Street Sprints.
Elite commentator Will Hagon will be back at the South Burnett event for the third year in a row.
Mr Hagon started out commentating back in 1965, after learning about racing from his stepfather.
His stepfather was in the motor trade and worked with a motocross (or then scramble) competitor.
After gaining more contacts in the field, Mr Hagon was commentating for Channel 7 by the end of that year.
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"I took the early experience and grew with it, doing the work the best I could," he said.
Mr Hagon covered Bathurst competitions with Channel 7 until 1975.
"Towards the end of 1975 I was working in a fulltime job, and the motor racing commentary was a weekend thing. You didn't get paid as a commentator, it was more about the experience," he said.
"I didn't know what I wanted to do as a professional, so I went overseas with my family.
"When we went to England in late '75, I was thrown into a race meeting there, and someone I met wanted me to cover the next race. I didn't know much about this race in particular, but I gave it a shot and survived his test."
From then onwards, Mr Hagon said he worked at almost every circuit in England, while working other jobs.
He said it didn't matter what work he did, but he worked the longest at the Golden Nugget Casino in London.
Once he came back to Australia, Mr Hagon was brought in to commentate the Castrol 6-hour Motorbike Race with ABC.
Over time, he has worked for the likes of ABC, SBS, Channels 7, 9 and 10, along with Fox and various radio stations.
After all this experience, he still enjoys working local events.
"They've been kind enough to keep inviting me back, and this year, I'll be coming up with my motorhome and camping with all of the competitors, which is really exciting," he said.
Mr Hagon said he liked coming back to Wondai and similar rural towns, because their motorsports events were very genuine.
"Many city events are becoming more business-based and are run by people who don't even know the sport. In towns like Wondai, it's much earthier and truer to the original foundations of the sport," he said.
"The people who are running it are people who want to be a part of the actual sporting community."