Powell River's Dave McRae leaps off the line.

Powell River's Dave McRae leaps off the line.

Rumble returns to McNeill

Rumble on the Runway drag series returns to Port McNeill.

PORT McNEILL—The smell of smoking tires filled the air at the Port McNeill airfield last weekend as the Rumble on the Runway drag event returned for this summer’s first outing.

Event hosts, the North Island Timing Association, scheduled the outing perfectly as the afternoon drizzle that threatened the track for Sunday’s elimination held off just long enough for the final two cars to clear the finish line before opening up in earnest.

The field, made up of cars and drivers from the length of the Island, took a short break early in Sunday’s eliminations to discuss the conditions, but the consensus from the drivers’ conference was that they had come to race.

The format for the Rumble series sees drivers dial in their best time on the eighth-mile track in the morning and separate into Sportsman, Pro and Super Pro divisions.

Once the times are set, the meet moves into the elimination phase.

The drivers go head-to-head with the green lights staggered so that a perfect run from both drivers would see them cross the finish at the same time. A false start or topping your dialled in time forfeits the run, last car standing wins.

The next events in the series are scheduled for July 20- 21 at Port McNeill Airport.