Drag­ster crowd favourite

Thou­sands of dol­lars in­vested

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By EMMA DAWE

Af­ter be­ing an ad­min­is­tra­tor for New Zealand drag rac­ing for 15 years, Kingston man Peter Lor­mans fi­nally had enough of watch­ing other peo­ple race and de­cided to have a crack at the sport him­self. And while lots of peo­ple have called him ‘‘mad’’, he hasn’t let that de­ter him from his pas­sion. Three years ago he bought an old style front-en­gined drag­ster which he has since spent thou­sands of dol­lars and hun­dreds of hours re­build­ing. ‘‘Ev­ery­thing I could do my­self on it, I’ve done. ‘‘It’s been a real learn­ing process, but as far as I’m con­cerned, it doesn’t mat­ter how old you are, if you’re not learn­ing, you’re bug­gered re­ally.’’ Mr Lor­mans has al­ways loved cars, and many years ago used to race another drag­ster, That drag­ster clocked 130 miles an hour in 10 sec, while his new­est drag­ster has the ca­pa­bil­ity of do­ing 200 miles an hour in six sec­onds. ‘‘Whether I’m go­ing to get it at that is another thing.’’ He has al­ready had a cou­ple of races un­der his belt this sea­son, which didn’t quite go ac­cord­ing to plan with some ‘‘teething’’ prob­lems, but he is look­ing for­ward to his next race in Christchurch this weekend. Mr Lor­mans and his wife, Anne, and sonin-law Brad Liv­ing­stone, also known as Team Grumpy, took the drag­ster to the Cromwell Clas­sic Car and Hot Rod Fes­ti­val on Satur­day. The drag­ster proved to be a star at­trac­tion, with Mr Lor­mans swamped by peo­ple want­ing to know about the drag­ster for most of the day. The car show, which was or­gan­ised by the South­land Ford Fal­con Club, at­tracted more than 700 cars and mo­tor­bikes, with hun­dreds of peo­ple at­tend­ing. The club do­nated $1500 of its pro­ceeds to Cromwell St John.

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Look­ing back: The old style front-en­gined drag­ster.

Big in­ter­est: Kingston cou­ple Anne and Peter Lor­mans with their drag­ster which was a star at­trac­tion at the Cromwell Clas­sic Car and Hot Rod Fes­ti­val on Satur­day.

‘‘Ex­pert-only’’: A skier on a pow­der day at Tre­ble Cone.

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