Just like old times

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Peter Leveridge (78) of Christchurch, powers along in his original hill climb sprint car built in 196, he raced against Bob Scott on many times back in the 1950s and 60s,PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE

Peter Leversedge (78), of Christchurch, powers along in his original 1949 Chev V8-powered Stuart Special race car that he raced against Bob Scott on many occasions in the 1960s and ’70s.
Despite being almost a minute slower up the hill than more modern vehicles, Leversedge was happy with his efforts in the Bob Scott Memorial Hill Climb held in Kaitangata on Saturday.
“I bought her in 1965 and I used to race here and many other places back then against Bob [Scott],” he said.
“I loved hill climbs and beach racing, winning the NZ Beach racing title five times in the ’60s, and was racing sprint cars up until a few years ago.
“I came down to Kaitangata because I wanted to see if it was still like it used to be when Bob and I raced.” His verdict: Yes it is. “They are so friendly down here, it’s like a big social day out with friends, apart from the bumpy road shaking me about. ‘‘It’s still one of those events where everyone helps each other out,” he said