Petrolheads flock to V 4 & Rotary


With bases booming and engines revving, the V 4 & Rotary South Island Champs came to a close on Sunday night.

The weekend was petrolhead heaven with drag racing at the Motueka Airfield, a Show and Shine competition and a jet car for a bit of extra excitement.

John McMillan brought his Mazda RX7 series 4 all the way up from Christchurch. “It’s probably one of the best weekends, I look forward to it annually.”

John has towed his car up for the weekend three years in row and says it’s always a great event.
Saturday’s racing saw around 50 cars and motorcycles lined up on the drag strip to fight for the title of the fastest vehicle.

The event gave car enthusiasts an excuse to do smokey burnouts and prove they had the best engine on the tarmac.

Around 4000 people showed up to watch the vehicles go head-to-head and check out all the different cars and motorcycles.

Saturday’s Show and Shine featured over 50 cars from a variety of classes being judged and displayed in the Saxton stadium.

Car owners spent hours beforehand, ensuring their cars were pristine for the judges and the hundreds of Nelsonians who packed into the Saxton Stadium. The day included DB drag racing, Dyno runs, a jet car fire show and the official prize-giving.

4 & Rotary promoter, Azhar Bhamji, says it was the biggest turnout they’ve had in Nelson. “The event has been amazing, we’ve had more cars here than the last two years.” Azhar says he hopes V 4 & Rotary will be back for more events next year. “This is the end of our three year deal with the venue as well as with the drag racing, but let’s not say that this is that last you’ll see of us.”