A day of high-octane action is in store at Teretonga Park on Sunday.
The programme, presented by Downer, features the cream of South Island motor racing classes.
A few mighty OSCA Super Saloons will combine with the Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloons in a merger that should provide spectacular racing.
Christchurch drivers Russell Mortimer and Evan Munt come south with their sensational machines - a 2500cc turbo-charged Nissan 180SX and rotary-powered Vauxhall Viva respectively.
Up against them will be Pierre Neame, of Winton, debuting his new Ford Mustang. Jim Kelly, of Dunedin, and Andrew Cundall, of Invercargill, will also join the fray, while Colin Dawson, a former OSCA Champion, will be the fastest of the Clubmans cars in his V8-powered Mazda RX7.
Others in the Clubmans field will be Darryn Andrews, of Lincoln, in his turbocharged Nissan Primera, Brent Cross, of Winton (EVO 3), and Invercargill drivers Robert Ralston and Andrew Brown. New drivers are Liam McDonald, of Invercargill, in a Falcon, and Alyssa Clapperton, of Dunedin, in a Toyota Starlet.
The Pre-65 Saloons feature some great machinery, including Mustangs, Anglias, a Falcon and a Chrysler Valiant.
The Honda Cup makes its first appearance at Teretonga with Civics, Integras and a CRX, while Mini 7 South will feature some typically close racing.
The South Island Formula Ford series should have rising young stars James Munro, of Christchurch, and Michael Collins, of Mt Pleasant, to the fore while Roger McKenzie, of Kaiapoi, will bring south a car that is special to Southlanders - a Begg FM3.
Damon and Brendon Leitch will also get in some miles, in preparation for their upcoming national championship campaigns.
Racing starts at 9am on Sunday.
- The Southland Times