Joining the club winning stroke

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Ready to race . . . Gregory Scott gets set to race his 1967 Brabham in Christchurch. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

In a series, reporter Shawn McAvinue spends five minutes talking with Dunedin motorsport enthusiasts about their passion for their form of racing.

Classic car racer Gregory Scott.

Cup runneth over . . . Southland Sports Car Club member Gregory Scott, of Dunedin, had added another motor racing trophy to his collection. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

I hear you brought home some trophies from the Southland Sports Car Club annual prizegiving at Teretonga Park earlier this month?

the sports and racing car class I won the Harold Williams Memorial Trophy for the overall championship and the Evolution Motorsport Trophy for the Flying Farewell Championship.

Have you won them before?

Nope, first time. I’ve been in classic motor racing for about 15 years but I decided to race my wings and slicks car – a single-seater Swift SE3 – so I joined the club to do a championship and I went out and won it.

Why did you pick the club to join?

I love the track at Teretonga Park – it’s fast. There’s not many tracks you can go as quick as that one.

What speeds are you hitting?

About 125mph to 130mph [200kmh to 210kmh] down the straight but it’s how you get around the corners. I did my best-ever lap time down there this season – 1 minute and 1 second. To put it in context, some of the large V8 saloons are doing about 1 minute and 3 seconds and they have 700-odd horsepower.

How much horsepower does your car have?

About 150.

What’s it like to drive?

Great. I’ve never driven a tin top (car with a roof) – they all have to be single-seaters.

Do you have any other classic racing cars?

At a meeting in Cromwell this year I crashed my 1967 Brabham – the first crash I’ve had in 15 years. I didn’t run out of talent – a piece on the car broke.

I have a 1965 Mistral and have won the Waimate street race in it four times.

I have my father Bob’s car – a Scott Special – which he built in 1953 and raced until 1965. It won three South Island grass-track titles. He died, aged 49, and we rebuilt it as a tribute to him. Motor racing is in the blood.