- 2015 Cylinder Head Specialists IHRA Southern Nationals: 25th January 2015
The Cylinder Head Specialists IHRA Southern Nationals, held in Christchurch on 25 January resulted in eleven of the eighty six competitors achieving records or personal bests, with 60ft times for the quicker racers as good as achieved at Meremere this season.
This year, the weather was fine and the wind didn't get up until later in the day, allowing the racers the opportunity to do what they do best, and the large crowd to enjoy the day. With near drought conditions in Christchurch, the dust was at times a challenge, but the water truck kept the pits dampened down, and the fire risk reduced to workable levels.
Graham Christison crushs the opposition
With over twenty racers taking the ferry to the South Island, spectators saw an influx of "new" racers including Graham Christison who was back for the first time in thirty years, and ran his best ever time, and won the Supercharged Outlaw class from the Minchington Brothers.
The poster car, Craig Griffiths rail ran a personal best of 7.07 against the Minchington Bros funny car which ran a 7.03 personal best in the other lane. Jonny Alsop ran a 0.994 60 foot time in the Willys, and Simon Fowkes ran a 6.81 in the 57 Chev Funny car.
The Top Street class had North Islanders, Jeff Dobson, Gavin Green and Rex Duckett racing against Christchurch locals Dave Rosewarne and Chris Duncan, and Balclutha regular Roger Binnema. Roger getting the Honda Accord down to 7.34 and a new personal best for him, and he also won the class from Gavin Green.
Super Sedan was the largest class, again with a large influx of North Island racers, and when the final was called up, it was an all South Island affair with Christchurch's Jason Fleck winning over Warren Black from the deep south in the Monaro.
Jason Fleck won Super Sedan in his 73 Ford Capri. Photo by Graham Gaskell
Modified was won by Ken King in the rail from Lichfield racer Cameron Patterson in the four cylinder FED.
Super Street was won by Dave Christian, a regular racer from Twizel, beating Andy Vaughn.
Two bike classes catered for those who don't wish to be caged in with Hamilton's Alan Thorensen taking out Modified Bike from Christchurch's Bryn McCaw, and Raymond LeLivre taking out comp bike after Andy Urwin Wells red lit in the final.
A successful and fun days racing, and it was great to see the arrival of more North Island racers.