The Miers family have been heavily involved in the Palmerston North stockcar scene for more than 30 years, and tomorrow Rob Miers begins his quest to win his first New Zealand stockcar individual title.
More than 180 stockcar drivers line up tomorrow, split into seven cut-throat groups with only four from each group making Sunday's big show over three heats.
Rob Miers my be lesser known than his brother, Scott, or even nephew Jack Miers, but he's had his share of success on the track, having won a North Island title as well as a national stockcar teams' title with the Palmerston North Pumas.
"I've qualified for almost every national title I've entered and been close a couple of times including a fourth-place finish," Miers said. "Although I get around as quickly as most, I just haven't had that bit of luck you need to win this one."
Off the track, Miers has sponsored most of the big stockcar events at the Robertson Holden Speedway through his company, Machinery Specialists, and will sponsor both the national stockcar and stockcar teams' champs immediately after the individual event ends.
Having viewed the completed trophies for the top three placings, with the winner's trophy standing more than a metre high, Miers admitted it would be a good time to win or even finish on the podium.
"I saw them being made but the finished articles look pretty impressive; one of them would look nice at home."
Miers admitted though, that no-one can look beyond tomorrow's qualifying.
"When you're in the final you're one of 30 drivers and everyone has a shot at the national title," he said.
"Making the final is considerably harder as you've got to finish in the first four to get there."
"One very small error in any of the three heats and you're out."
Miers began racing in 1993 as an 18-year-old while brother, Scott, didn't begin until the late 1980s, though Rob had a break for a few years after breaking his back racing at Arena Manawatu, not returning until 2003.
"I can thank Peter Rees for that.
"He worked for me at the time and was just starting to build cars and kept saying he'd build me a car; I've had five cars since then."
Miers said the family, including father Allan, have been involved ever since 1983. Meanwhile, Rob's 15-year-old son Luke is making a name for himself in ministocks.
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