Drivers aim for top
Eight Southland drivers and their cars are in Nelson for the New Zealand Streetstock Championships tomorrow and Saturday.
About 80 competitors from throughout the country will do battle at the Top of the South Speedway.
The last Southlander to win the title was Geoff Loan when the championship was held in Wellington.
The Southland eight are Trevor Nelson, A J Lapsley, Shanan Knight and Chris Kergozou, of Invercargill, Steve Dryden, of Otatara, Anaru Tuhura and Graham McKernan, of Riverton, and Megan Molloy, of Wallacetown.
McKernan and Molloy are the president and vice-president, respectively, of the Southland Stockcar Drivers' Association.
Molloy is one of six women driving at championships.
Visiting drivers are invited to take part in a practice session at the Nelson track tonight.
Nelson Speedway Association president Colin Kennedy was born and raised in Riverton and left Southland 37 years ago.
The gear and spare parts that Molloy has taken with her include a welder, plasma cutter, a grinder, 10 spare wheels, a gearbox, a differential, top and bottom arms and a drive shaft.
Molloy said all the Southland drivers helped each other, especially if one of their cars needed repairs in a hurry to continue racing at a meeting.
Invercargill car dealer Steve Dryden is long overdue to win the national streetstock title after competing at the event for about 25 years.
''I've been fourth six times,'' Dryden said. ''I can't get one, two or three ... It pisses me off.''
He has won the South Island title twice.
The Southland Times