Targa target for Pete at 64
PETE Burrey's pipe and slippers can stay in their drawers for the time being.
The 64-year-old is gearing up for another busy year on the rallying circuit, starting with the Targa West Point in Tasmania at the start of February.
More than 100 of the country's best competitors will hurtle through southern Tasmania in cars capable of hitting 250km/h during the two-day event.
Married grandfather-of-six Burrey, who will navigate for driver Clinton Arentz in their Mitsubishi Evo car, said his competitive spirit still burns strong.
"I suppose I still have that 'competitive beast'," he said.
"I guess it's the thrill of knowing that you have driven a section of road to the best of your ability. There's the adrenalin of being out there.
"At the end of it, if you can get out of the car and go, 'wow, wasn't that fantastic', that's what keeps me going."
The Pocket-based Burrey is a veteran of racing, having competed in top-level rallying for several years.
Lying in wait for Burrey and Arentz is the Targa Tasmania event in May.
The six-day event will attract top racers from across the country and is one of the toughest dates on the Australia Targa Championship.
Burrey said preparation for each drive was key.
"You have got to have done your homework," he said. "If you have done an event before, you look back at the videos and remember its challenges.
"You know that one spin can lose you valuable seconds - or even put you out of the race.
"It can be tough and stressful."
Burrey said the relationship between navigator and driver was key to success in the car.
"I don't want to hear anything from my driver (in he car) unless he is uncertain about things," he said.
"You have got to have confidence in your driver.
"Clinton and I are getting better as a team and we are seeing the results."