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Hoo-Rae for 47 years

Published:Sunday | October 11, 2015 | 10:00 AMGlenroy Sinclair
Peter 'Zoom Zoom' Rae.
David Summerbell
Doug 'Hollywood' Gore
Track officials at work at Dover Raceway, St Ann, earlier this year.
A section of the crowd at a Dover Raceway meet.
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Peter Rae is one of the race drivers who has been doing laps at the Dover Raceway, St. Ann, for the longest time. When the 2015 circuit racing season climaxes on Heroes Day, Monday, October 19, 'Zoom Zoom' will celebrate 47 years of consistent racing.

It is a time period which has seen him taking the chequered flags on at least 140 occasions, between bike and car races.

As the former Queens Preparatory and Priory High School student completes his preparations for what is shaping up to be an exciting showdown, Rae is aiming to ensure that the big guns, Doug Gore and David Summerbell, have to battle down to the wire if they are to taste victory.

"We have again changed the colour of the Epping RX-7 Mazda from yellow to black, plus it has just been fitted with a brand new engine," said Rae. "Thanks to Epping. Without them we could not have completed the aero work. But, as usual, I am coming to upset the applecart."

While he may not be able to break the track record, Rae repeatedly said that his wish is to spring a few surprises and offer an entertaining and exciting display of circuit racing.

In 1968 Rae, then eight years old, made his racing debut under muddy conditions at a Sligoville, St Catherine, Motor Cross event. When he completed high school Rae headed off to the United Kingdom in 1976, where he continued to pursue motor sport. Rae who has a first degree in business studies and a diploma in marketing, wants to race as long as possible, but lack of sponsorship may eliminate him and several others from the sport.

He has been racing at Dover from when it was called Hommers Race Track.

One of Rae's biggest rivals, Doug Gore, is ready and hungry for action.

"After the Jamwest race meet in August all we did to the Audi was just work on the suspension, wash it and cover it down. The car is ready and I want David Summerbell to be on top of his game, so when I beat him this time I will have proven a point," said Gore, who dominated the Thundersport II Class at the last meet.

In response, Summerbell stressed that he hopes by now Gore is at the top of his game and the Audi is in top shape, so that when they are beaten there is no excuse. "I am well prepared and ready," a smiling Summerbell told Automotives on Friday.