HOLIDAY FEATURE - Lawson lads on remote control
By MEGAN KINNINMENT
WHILE many families took to the beach on Christmas Day, Ballina landscape gardener Shane Lawson and his six-year-old son Cody took to the race track.
Well, the blistering Kmart car park in Ballina to be precise, where they spent the afternoon road testing the remote-controlled racing car and motor bike Santa brought them both for Christmas.
"They have gone through three packets of batteries already," joked Cody's grand- mother, Lyn Lawson.
"I think Shane's getting more out of it than Cody."
While Cody practised donuts and attempted wheelies with his miniature V8 race car, his dad was busy reliving his youth with the mini Suzuki GSXR motorbike, complete with attached rider, that Santa delivered him.
"I used to have a bike," Shane said wistfully, as he watched the toy whizz across the asphalt.
"I've had everything from dirt bikes to racers.
"But I had a couple of accidents and my wife put a stop to it.
"She said 'I want you to be around for the kids'.
"I didn't argue with that."
The Lawson family moved from Sydney to Ballina a few years ago, and Shane said he had never looked back.
"It's hard with kids in Sydney," he said.
"The lifestyle, what they're exposed to there.
"Shopping centres with steel bars on the windows. It's not good."