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Who was it who said, “If you want it to rain, hold a drag race”? I guess it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter, but they sure were right. Of course, a fur­ther look into the cli­ma­tol­ogy and me­te­o­rol­ogy shows us that we’ve just been given a wet and warm sum­mer, and we're in for more of the same for au­tumn. I’m not re­ally plan­ning on talk­ing about the weather, though, so much as the re­cent Aeroflow Out­law Nitro Funny Cars ex­hi­bi­tion at Mere­mere Drag­way, which was cru­elly put to rest by re­lent­less rain in the mid­dle of sum­mer. The Mere­mere and Aeroflow teams pulled out all the stops to try to make it the best event they could, and, as you’ll also read in Morice McMillin’s col­umn later on in this is­sue, it was very much a damned-if-you-do, damned-ifyou-don’t sce­nario — I, for one, cer­tainly don’t envy their predica­ment, which was the def­i­ni­tion of be­ing stuck be­tween a rock and a hard place. Was it dis­ap­point­ing? Hell yes, it was; I was about as keen as ev­ery­one else present to see it all. There’s an­other side to that coin, though, and that’s the size of the crowd that turned up. I’ve seen the pho­tos from days gone by, taken by the likes of Al­lan Porter and Mike Ash­ton, show­ing enor­mous crowds track­side, but, be­ing from the gen­er­a­tion that never got to ex­pe­ri­ence Thun­der­park, I’ve never per­son­ally seen a crowd that big at a drag rac­ing Omsparad.indd 3 event. Now, I don’t be­lieve I am in a po­si­tion to pro­vide any sort of opin­ion on New Zealand drag rac­ing in gen­eral, but I will say that it was cer­tainly re­as­sur­ing to see that a drag rac­ing event of that scale can still hap­pen in this day and age. The IHRA Auck­land In­va­sion meet at Master­ton Mo­tor­plex cer­tainly can’t have hurt, with the Marsh boys tak­ing Top Fuel to the re­gion and show­ing even more peo­ple what nitro is all about in the big-boy league — again, draw­ing mas­sive crowds in the process. As this lit­tle write-up started with a weather men­tion, it makes sense that it fin­ish with one. I un­der­stand that peo­ple who know more about at­mo­spheric con­di­tions than I do reckon that we’re in for a wet and warm au­tumn. As you read this, we’ll be plan­ning our ex­pe­di­tion to Repco Beach Hop 18 — which, I can as­sure you, will not be based around beer and bar­be­cues or gen­eral party shenani­gans. Whether the weather gives us the hot sun­nies or the wet mis­er­ables, we’re gonna be there bust­ing arse to get the NZV8 Beach Hop An­nual 2018 out for your view­ing plea­sure. It should also go without say­ing that we’ll also be be bust­ing arse to make it the best an­nual yet. I just hope that big blue up above agrees.

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