Kings Grass Autocross returns to Rakahouka

Steven Watson on his way to victory at the 2021 Kings Grass Autocross in his Toyota Starlet GT. Photo: Ron Veint

GRASSROOTS motorsport in the wide, open spaces of a farm paddock. That is the recipe when the Southland Sports Car Club, in association with Evolution Motorsport, holds the annual Kings Grass Autocross 2022 at the King family farm at 136 King Rd, Rakahouka, on Sunday.

The autocross is a non-championship event now in its third year thanks to the generosity of Nigel and Liz King and family who make the venue available each year.

Their property is 15 minutes from Invercargill and will be signposted from the Lorneville/Dacre Highway.

Gore driver and Eastern Southland Car Club member Roger Laird won the inaugural event in 2020 from Southland Sports Car Club members Andrew Lawrie and Malcolm Mitchell while Steven Watson, of Invercargill, took the overall honours last year in his Toyota Starlet GT. Eastern Southland Car Club competitor Lucy Noble was second in a Toyota Corolla and Cole McKinnon was third in a Toyota Corolla FXGT.

Drivers aged 12 years and over are allowed with parental consent and entry fee is just $30. Online entries are being taken via the Southland Sports Car Club while on the day entries are cash only.

The Evolution Motorsport Nissan Sentra is available for competitors to use for just $20. Sign in and scrutineering on the day is from 9.30am with competition from 11am.

Vax passports will be required to enter. The day is a family event so bring your blankets and a picnic but no dogs are allowed.

The event is a Clubsport basic event that requires cars to have a current Warrant of Fitness or meet Schedule A of the Motorsport Manual. Helmets and 100% cotton overalls are mandatory (helmets and overalls are available on request before the event) and cars will be subject to scrutineering. No SUVs, farm trucks or four-wheel-drive utes are allowed, neither are mud, snow, 4WD, tractor, sand dune, ATV tyres or bulldozer tracks.

Following this event the club will hold the final round of the 2021/2022 Evolution Motorsport Clubsport Championship at Teretonga Park on Saturday, March 26.

For information on the Kings Grass Autocross, use of the Evolution Motorsport Nissan Sentra or Clubsport events in general, contact Southland Sports Car Club ClubSport co-ordinator Malcolm Mitchell on 021 666 956.

  • Lindsay Beer is the Southland Sports Car Club publicity officer