The "big banger" OSCA Saloons will be the headline attraction at the final race meeting of 2009 at Teretonga Park this Sunday
The OSCA Saloons are dominated by big, fast, noisy, highly modified V8s with several very quick turbocharged cars matched against them. Cars such as Camaros, Mustangs and Corvettes abound, the grunty V8s a real crowdpleaser with the spectators.
Invercargill drivers Colin Dawson and Lawrence Knowler have both been prominent in the class for several seasons. Dawson is a past New Zealand and South Island Champion and currently carries the number 3 after finishing third in the 2009 New Zealand Championship while Knowler is a former South Island Champion. Both will drive familiar machines this weekend with Dawson at the wheel of his Mazda RX7 V8 and Knowler his Brennan Camaro.
Several other Southlanders join them on the grid. LeRoy Stevenson, now living in Queenstown, makes a rare appearance in the ex-Rodger Freeth Toyota Starlet now owned by his father John Stevenson. At the peak of his career LeRoy raced at the highest levels in both New Zealand and Australia. Other Southlanders on the OSCA grid are Pierre Neame of Winton in his V8 Capri and Andrew Cundall in his turbocharged Toyota Levin. Another to watch will be Matt Cronin of Christchurch in another turbocharged Levin.
Most of the classes feature good grids and exciting line ups. Fourteen cars will grace the Kumho Sport Saloon grid with three Southlanders in the mix - Andrew Brown, Shane Crosbie and Brent Cross of Winton. Crosbie is in his second season in the class on his return to motorsport while Brown returns after a prolonged break.
Damon Leitch, currently leading the National Formula Ford Series, makes an appearance at home in the South Island Formula Ford races and will be joined by fellow national series competitor Andre Heimgartner of Auckland who is keen to gain mileage and learn the South Island circuits. Exciting newcomers are kart graduates Brendan Leitch, younger brother of Damon, and Jamie Conroy another successful young karting star from Southland.
Pre 65 Saloons are another popular class with more big booming V8s including Gareth Hall's Chevrolet Nova, Jim Kelly's Ford Mustang and local driver Wayne Tuffley, the current series leader in his Mustang. Stu Mitchell of Invercargill also competes in this class in an Anglia.
The Super Six Saloons feature Holden Commodores and Ford Falcons with Paul Muir of Gore a local hope. Blair Sutherland of Dunedin is a former National Champion in the class.
Jarrod Parmenter of Timaru will be the man to beat in the Pro 7 Saloons but Southlanders Wayne Elliott plus husband and wife Dean and Nicky Maw will be very competitive.
The Noel Mcintyre Drainage Clubmans Series has attracted a good entry list with Andrew Brown, Robert Ralston, Brent Cross, Rick Michels and Pierre Neame likely to battle for the wins.
Qualifying commences at 9.00am on Sunday morning. Admission to what will be an action packed programme is just $15 while children under 14 are free.