The sound of engines roaring into life reverberated around a farm track on Earnscleugh Station at the weekend as it played host to the annual Fruitlands Gravel Sprint.
Now in its fourth year, the Central Otago Motorsport Club event on Sunday attracted a field of 19 cars in four classes, -1600cc, 1600cc to 2l, 2l and over and 4WD competing on the in sprints that averaged 3-4 minutes.
Earnscleugh Station owner Alistair Campbell took part in the event in his Subaru Impreza 4WD.
A latecomer to motorsport, Mr Campbell said it was always something he had “been very keen on”.
Also in impressive form was 16-year-old Isabella Magee, of Dunedin, in a Honda CRX and two generations of the Taylor family from Cromwell.
Steve Taylor competed in a black Mazda WRX7, while his son Simon shared his sister Terri’s Subaru Impreza having suffered a breakdown in the Rankleburn Rally in Eastern Southland on Saturday.
Club clerk of the course Ken Galbraith said the club now boasted 140 members and had grown steadily since it was formed 10 years ago.
The majority of its events were gravel sprints but it also held street sprints at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell, he said.
Club members travelled further afield and members would next be in action taking part in the Teretonga track day in Invercargill on December 11.