Mid-winter most of us hunker down under cover. But not the Old Timer. Here is his report on the late July Waimate sprint.

On a fine frosty morning 30 cars lined up for a timed sprint on the outskirts of Waimate Township.  The sealed course had a short straight to a tight right hander that was wet all day with water coming out of the tyre bundles. Then down a straight, with a very fast right hander, to a hairpin lined with massive concrete blocks.  Back onto a straight and into the final left hander and through to the finish line.

A short but interesting sprint with three runs before lunch, and three more after, with a top ten shoot out for final placings.

Eight different models in the top ten! Including one happy grandad

1st         Leigh Shaw                   Ford “Angary”

2nd        Justin Mclean                Mazda RX7

3rd        Bryce Mitchel               Shellsport Starlet

4th        Bruce Brown                 Datsun 1200 SSS

5th        Dan Haworth                Mazda RX7

6th        Gavin Jackson               Triumph 2500

7th        Kurt Aikman                  Nissan Primera

8th        Jesse Wilson                 Nissan Primera

9th        Mark Van Asperen        Toyota Levin

10th      Kevin Jones                   BMW 535

Leigh Shaw’s winning performance in the “Angary” was so special. This was the first outing for this beautifully fabricated race car that took him 12 years to build. It is a 105E Anglia with a worked rotary engine and massive flares, finished in a pretty yellow with wide period minilite style wheels.

Gavin Jackson’s performance in his Triumph 2.5 was outstanding. But wait and watch for his new car, another Triumph with a lightweight V8.

Greg Campbell, a Triumph legend, had his potent noisy bucket dragster out laying huge patches of rubber during his demo runs.

The Waimate Car Club has two Nissan Primera’s set up for 2K cup and club racing. These are available for hire and good to see future racers making use of these.

Trevor Joyce had his “Rovescort” out for the first time (yes an Escort Mk 1 with a Rover V8 engine). Having recently purchased this car from the far north.