Algie returns to track 25 years later

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The Waimate 50 being held this weekend marks a special occasion for one specific competitor.

Oamaru’s Doug Algie, 70, is back to compete in the Waimate 50, 25 years after he last competed in it.

Algie was also one of drivers who took part in the Waimate 50 in 1964 and again in 1965 and 1966 racing against Ron Silvester in a 1938 Chevy Coupe. He said he was looking forward to being part of the action again this weekend.

“It should be good fun, I’m looking forward to it.”

A trip to Nurburgring in Germany last year and a trip to Las Vegas where he got to ride in a NASCAR refuelled his love for driving.

“The ride around Nurburgring was the most amazing thing ever and the NASCAR ride was something pretty special as well, I was in the passengers seat and we were going 165mph,” he said.

Twenty-five year’s ago Algie entered in a Fiat 125, this time he’s entering in his Toyota Celica.

He’s been racing ever since he was 17-years-old, but took 17-years-off before getting back into racing at the weekend in the 2k Cup Series in Timaru.

“It was good to get back out on the track after 17 years away,” he said.

Back in 1967, Mr Algie was involved in a serious accident which saw his car flip three-and-a-half times with pieces coming off as it rolled, at the opening of the new track in Timaru.

His passion for racing has not stopped and he expects himself to compete in the 2k Cup series for at least another year before he contemplates retirement again.

The 2k Cup Series is something which is only new to car racing. It involves people buying a car which costs less than $2000 and under 2000cc and then adding in the safety requirements and the new tyres. No engine improvements are allowed.

“It’s a great new concept which is bringing younger people back into racing and getting them off the streets; we had a full grid of 38 cars for the first time ever at the weekend.”

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: Doug Algie, 70, is racing in the first raced in the Waimate 50, 50 years ago, will race in it again 50 years later.