Event > Oldschool Drag Day 2014 (Part 2)
Here's Part 2 of my coverage from the Oldschool.co.nz Drag Day at Meremere, with another 30 photos and a few timeslip results that I have managed to gather from some of the participants.
I provided an extra couple of hands in the control tower in the morning session, writing out the timeslips and popping them down the tube to the helpers below. It's quite a different perspective up there, and it was actually a lot of fun - although I had to concentrate at all times.
For the afternoon session, Alice and I handed the timeslips to the racers as they came back down the return lane. It was pretty funny seeing the winning and losing reactions of the drivers during the elimination rounds.
The slowest car of the day was this little Austin A30, which ran in the 26s and 27s. It had plenty of support from the crowd though!
Joel Paterson proved that his AE86 Trueno wasn't only suited for drifting, and he came oh-so-close to cracking a 12 second quarter mile.
This Landcruiser is packing Chevrolet LS V8 power under the hood, and sounded liked an absolute animal. It made a good tow vehicle for Rookie's Lotus 7 replica too.
I'll add more to the list as I continue to gather more times from the event:
Anthony Clarke Holden Commodore - 11.8
Markku Braid (Truenotch) 1985 AE86 Trueno - 13.82 @ 100.4mph
Cathy Tauroa (tuit) Toyota Celica 165 - 14.27 @ 100.4mph
Max Chambers (M_C) Ford Escort - 14.65 @ 99mph
Craig Van der Vegte (vegie) 1983 Nissan Gazelle - 14.49 @ 100mph
David Vanderhaas (Roman) Toyota Carina - 14.36 @ 96.1mph
Dave Lindsay (Rookie) Lotus 7 replica - 15.17 @ 86mph
Shane Tinker (shaneo) Ford Escort - 15.89
Tom Misa (Testament) 1974 Fiat 124 coupe - 16.25 @ 85mph
Damien Clarke (Damien!) Mitsubishi Sigma - 16.8
Jeff Napier (Bantam) Ford Escort - 17.01
Neal Naraya (Threeonthetree) Holden HQ - 17.02
Elliot Frame (escort74) Ford Escort - 17.3
Ben Wilson (Zebra Dude) Mitsubishi L200 ute - 19:00
Sam Newson (chris r) Holden 1 Tonner - 20.11
I'll finish this blog post with my favourite photo of the day - which was actually a bit of lucky shot. A volunteer walked in front of me just as I was about to take a photo of Greg's Valiant, so I panned to the right to try and get a clear view, and this was the result as I pressed the shutter button.
I really enjoyed the super relaxed day that the Oldschool crew put on, and it sounds like the staff and volunteers at Meremere were very impressed by the behaviour of the racers too. There's talk of organising another day like this in the future, so we'll make sure it's listed in the upcoming events section of KiwiMotoring for your benefit.
- Brent Shaw