Grahame’s main rivals, Brent Hawes and Jim Boyd, were experienced and formidable competitors. Going into the final race at the new Timaru circuit, he took pole position but was behind Hawes on points, with Boyd only a couple behind him. With the bit firmly between his teeth, Grahame led a display of hairy testosterone-pumping rear-engine V8 mayhem. He held out newcomer Barry Keen in his McBegg-Chevrolet into second place, with Hawes in third after an excursion, to take the title by the slimmest margin.
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