Iconic Port Road Drags hit 51 years
The burble and roar of a V8 is what keeps Eddie Trybula heading back to the Port Road Drags.
The Cam County Hot Rod Club stalwart from Lower Hutt has raced and volunteered at countless editions of the drags and said there was nothing else like a car hitting close to 200kmh on the eighth of a mile Seaview strip.
Trybula travels around the country to attend race meets but said Port Road was special. Not only was it at home, but the long history of the event also made it different from other events.
The meet on November 26 will mark 51 years for the longestrunning street drags in Australasia.
The close crowds, built-up surroundings and location right next to the water also made for a unique atmosphere.
He said he loved the ‘‘rush’’ of the drags and looking for ways to give his 1957 Chevrolet an extra edge in the Super Sedan category was nearly an addiction.
Having owned the car for five years, he looked forward to putting his newly installed 496 big block Chevy engine to the test for the first time.
‘‘It was fine as it was,’’ he conceded.
‘‘Things just snowballed. They say you get older and wiser, but in the end you just want to go faster and faster.
‘‘I’m looking forward to [the drags] because [my car] isn’t just something you can take up the road.’’
Cam County member and event organiser Steve ‘‘Jock’’ Reid also said the Port Road Drags were unique and one of only two street drag meets in the country.
Despite the proliferation of Japanese cars on the New Zealand market he said the drags were still very popular and had become something of an institution among petrolheads across the country.
Registrations had come from around the country and 84 vehicles had been entered into the drags. More cars would be on show.
‘‘I think its just because it’s been going for so long.
‘‘We have a waiting list of people wanting to enter in case someone pulls out. That’s how popular it is.’’