Dragster crowd favourite
Thousands of dollars invested
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.
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.