Leicester Harris racing his scratch built Westfield replica kit car at the Race Your Road Car event on Father’s Day. Photo: Sinead Ogilvie.

Father’s Day road race


Car enthusiasts young and old raced alongside each other at the Nelson Car Club’s Race Your Road Car event on Sunday.

The 30 odd participants were also there to celebrate Father’s Day and it was a huge success says club member and event organiser Adrian Curtis.

“It’s great because you can get out there and have fun in any road car, with no racing experience at all.”

Sunday’s Motokana style event was the first time it had been held on a tarseal surface, making for a great day of tyre spinning and fast  lap times says Adrian. “It was a great day with a variety of competitors and cars out there.”

Two self confessed car lovers who attended the race day have maintained a friendship for more than 60 years, completely based on their mutual soft spot for all things motor related. Leicester Harris says he and mate Max Smart, “farmboys from way back” entered his Westfield kitcar on the day, partly to “prove I can still do it, but also for the fun, fellowship and the smell of petrol”.

He says the event was perfect for younger car enthusiasts and Max agreed saying the Nelson Car Club had done a great job of organising it. “I like that these young fellas can have a go. It saves them from having to go round the streeets like this, they can come here instead and let off some steam.”

The winning result from the days racing based on overall laps was Will Hemmingson of Nelson in his Mazda RX5 at 80.57 seconds.