Mitchell also scooped up the Most Consistent Competitor award for Class-b, and was third in the Clubsport Championship.
Roger Laird won the Gravel Events Trophy, and Jenkins the Class-d Championship.
Every season is very much a family affair for the Laird family, with Roger’s wife, Karen, winning the Class-a Championship and their son, Kevin, of Alexandra, the Autocross Trophy and Sealed Sprint Cup.
Continuing the family theme, the Goumans of Greenfields, South Otago, with dad Paul, who won the Hard Luck Award for his mishap during the Morris Saddle Hill Climb, which put his Mazda RX-7 on its side, while his son, Scott, won the Junior (under-18) Clubsport Championship from Scott Mclaren and James Morris.
Sam Henderson took the New Competitor Award and shared the Sealed Events Trophy with Neville Krammer, of Wallacetown. Henderson finished second overall in the Clubsport Championship behind Kramer, who took out the overall trophy. Henderson’s wife, Brodie,
Winning style — Brendon Mitchell in his Datsun 2015–’16–season ESCC Champion (photo: Mark Walton) 2. A piece of New Zealand motor racing history — the Stuart Special restored a few years ago by the Quertier family of Gore in time for the ESCC’S 50th anniversary in 2006 and seen here with Stewart Quertier (photo: Quinton Taylor) 3. A New Zealand Rally Extreme national title was achieved when Derek Ayson ran this Mitsubishi Evo, seen here in the Southland Rally in 2006 (photo: Quinton Taylor) 4. Full chat — Lindsay Tressler competing in a Hillman Avenger with Karen Laird as co-driver in the very first Catlins Rally (photo: Brian Hopping) 5. Counting the years of service — years of club service and ESCC Ladies Champion for some 12 years, Karen Laird was one of three recipients of a Life Member award (photo: ESCC) 6. Tricky — Triumph 2000 hanging out the tail during an ESCC event (photo: ESCC) who is also Jenkins’ daughter, finally ended Karen Laird’s 12-year reign as the ESCC’S Ladies Champion.
To celebrate the club’s 60th anniversary, a photo competition was held, with the theme of capturing ‘The Spirit of 60 Years’. The winning entry was from Becky Ladbrook of Fast Exposure Photography.
Guest speaker for the evening was Paul Mullan of Black Magic Media, who spoke of his worldwide adventures filming. Original ESCC member Graham ‘GT’ Taylor also spoke, and congratulated the club on its achievements.
Other winners: • Gavin Read of Invercargill —
Motorkhana Trophy • Jim Mcdonald of Gore —
Tokanui Hillclimb Trophy • Dean Bond of Balclutha —
Rally Challenge Trophy • Brigg Henderson of Gore — Member of the Year (the second time he has won this award) • Mark Dean of Ernslaw One — Special Award of Thanks from the ESCC for his company’s support of events.