British drivers pleased with road race

February 12, 1956

Last updated 05:00 07/12/2012
1956 race

The huge crowd watches the flying racers from behind straw bales. Photo: Southland Museum.

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"We'll be back next year - if they will have us".

That statement by Mr Peter Whitehead, winner of the Southland centennial road race on Saturday, summed up the feelings of the drivers to the event.

In his pleasant English accent, Mr Whitehead last night spoke highly of the race, its organization and the complimentary report he was going to present to the Royal Automobile Club, London.

He said he would carry back many happy memories of Southland, fishing in Fiordland and the hospitality.

Any criticisms?

"Well, no," said Mr Whitehead.

But he had a few suggestions. He thought that the pits could be moved on to a slower stretch of road, and the corners concreted if another race was held on the same circuit.

Mr Whitehead and the other English drivers, Messrs Reg Parnell, Leslie Marr and Tony Gaze, and Mrs Gaze, leave Invercargill today for the Bay of Islands.

They will indulge in some deep-sea fishing for about a week before returning overseas.

Mr Whitehead is headed for South Africa, and two important international races, including the South African Grand Prix at Johannesburg.

He won the event last year.

Mr Parnell's next important engagement is the 12-hour Sebring race in the United States.

He will lead the Aston-Martin team.

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- The Southland Times


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