Rain puts brakes on race

Driving your car to its limit was too good an opportunity to miss for many petrol-heads at the weekend.

Thirty-seven drivers entered the Cobra Red and Custom car clubs’ annual one-eighth-mile drag races, held at Woolwich St, Gore, on Sunday.

New Zealand Hot Rod Association area steward Peter Watson said 400 to 500 spectators came to watch cars, motorbikes, hot-rods and go-karts go as fast as they could.

Spectators and competitors travelled from as far as Invercargill and Dunedin.

A successful morning’s racing was cut short due to rough weather and the fire brigade being called away early in the afternoon.

Power: Last Years winner Cole Scammell, of Mosgiel, with his 2007 Suzuki Hayabusa turbo motorbike.

Wet conditions meant it was too dangerous to continue.

It was the first time in the event’s history racing had to be stopped, Mr Watson said.

Cobra Rodders member Peter Lormans was the winner of the Demo-class category, driving his dragster The Rail, which reached the quickest speed of the day, 180kmh, completing the drag in 6.4sec.

Mr Lormans said he was happy to have ‘‘made it to the end in one piece’’.