Airport drag racing a hit

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Saturday’s Whitestone Rodders Oamaru Airport drags proved a hit with spectators and competitors alike, despite dismal weather early on.

Whitestone Rodders has around 60 members of all ages and provided helpers on the day to ensure the event and track ran smoothly.

The drags were the third of their kind to be held within the last 18 months and have become popular with local car enthusiasts.

Just 45 competitors took to the field from an expected 100 due to the poor weather on Saturday morning but the weather improved and racing ensued from 10.30am to 3pm.

Oamaru’s Michael Lucey was fastest of the cars in his T Bucket with a time of 11.4sec, followed by Neil Robertson in his 1975 Camaro in 11.6sec, while Greg Hornell (11.2sec) was the fastest of the motorbikes on his Suzuki.

Race co-ordinator Kevin Boler said the day was enjoyed by all and thanked the Air Cadets and Scouts for their contribution on the gate and barbecue.

“We would have had double the field but those that did attend had an awesome day and there was a really good cross-section of people,” he said.

“The weather got better and better and those that came had a ball.”

Boler said another drag racing day is tentatively being planned for the end of October or early November.

By James Ford

PHOTO: CAROL EDWARDS – Michael Lucey races his T Bucket (left) against Allan McKenzie in his 1955 Chev.