Possessing a need for speed since from a young age, Paul along with the team at Hillbilly Racing form part of the GT team who tear up the Australian Off-Road Championships each year.
Business man during the week and Hillbilly racer on weekends, Paul Youman is a very busy man. The owner of Fraser Coast Sand and Gravel and Plants Plus Possum Paradise, Paul started up Hillbilly Racing, a Queensland based off road racing team just six years ago. Also part of the Hillbilly Racing team is navigator, Graham Kluck and Paul’s son Tyler, who have together transformed Paul’s 2017 Fusion Trophy Truck into a 500 horsepower, go anywhere, racing machine. This year, the team won top honours in the Goondiwindi 400 Class 4 Trophy Truck Race.
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Tell us a little bit about your team? Who else puts in the blood, sweat and tears to make race day possible?
To us, racing is about family and friends. It’s a great way for us to all come together. We all work tirelessly on our cars. My two sons are involved, with Tyler racing a Class 5 and his older brother Brad navigating for him. My wife Simone is always in the background doing the necessary paperwork and organising for the events. My navigator Graham Kluck and fellow racer and Class 2 competitor Russell Hartnett put in the hard yards too to help ensure the vehicle is at its best before each race.
Favourite race and why?
My favourite race would definitely be the Goondiwindi 400. It has a bit of everything on offer, from big melon holes to nice long straights and a bit of twisty stuff. There’s definitely no time to relax.
Do you have a pre-race routine you go through before heading out into the desert?
Nothing in particular. Being a small race team, in numbers, I’m very hands on, so I’m always doing last minute check overs on the car, and of course turning the cameras on before we take off.
What other adventurous activities to you participate in?
I love the outdoors, so, whenever we get a chance we like to go fishing, hunting and camping.
Best place to go off-roading for a weekend?
The best place would definitely be Fraser Island, which is right on our doorstep. Lots of sun, sand, fishing, 4x4 and a few beers with the mates.
If you were going to do a weekend off-road trip, what five essential things would you bring with you?
The most important would have to be my wife, the next would be a good esky that can hold ice for a full week. Third would be a comfy chair. Two double swags, one for me and one for my wife so she can move far away from my snoring. Last but not least is the camp oven.
If you could go to dinner with five other people (dead or alive), who would you pick and why? Peter Brock, Paul Hogan, Jimmy Barnes, Toby Price and Chopper Reed. The mix of personalities would make for great entertainment.
Top three road trip songs in your opinion?
Flame Tree by Cold Chisel, 500 miles by the Travelling Wilburys and Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood.
Best road trip you have ever taken?
Hervey Bay, Alice Springs, Innamincka, Birdsville and Hervey Bay.
Bonus question: If you could go anywhere on your Grabbers, where would you go?
Definitely to the tip of Cape York.