Don Dengler from Courtenay opens his throttle at Rumble on the Runway in Port McNeill.

Don Dengler from Courtenay opens his throttle at Rumble on the Runway in Port McNeill.

Rumble on the Runway

Port McNeill airport hosted drag races this weekend

PORT MCNEILL– Mother Nature cooperated just enough this weekend to let the Rumble on the Runway at Port McNeill Airport be a success.

After an overcast and drizzly Saturday morning, the sky brightened and the eighth-mile track was OK’d for racing.

Port Hardy driver Colin Shaw went out and took first place in the Sportsman class, with Port Alberni’s Rick Foster coming in second.

In the Pro class Port Alberni got revenge, with Richard Spencer holding off another local racer, Port McNeill’s Tim Walton, to top the class.

The Super Pro saw a tight contest on both days between Steve Veitch and Parksville’s Eric Shields, with the contest going Veitch’s way on Saturday.

Sunday was a new day however and this time it was Shields’ turn to come out in front.

Sunday’s Pro class final was a battle between two Campbell River racers, Tim Bartel and Jim Atterbury. In the elimination stages Atterbury cut a perfect light but it was Bartel who finished as the eventual winner.

In the Sportsman class Duncan’s Dave Deck held off Port Hardy’s Chris Beatty to take the top spot.

There were also three bikers running in exhibitions at the track this weekend and the organizers hope to broaden the field enough to introduce a full bike class at the next event.

Organizer Mo Anderson said that it ended up being the perfect weekend after the weather threatened to put a dampener on the races and that she looks forward to the next event on the weekend of July 21-22.