Over the four seasons that Grahame campaigned the Elfin, he had many memorable races. Winning the 1968–1969 NZ Sports Car Championship by a single point in the final round of his first season with the Elfin was certainly a highlight. In a gripping, season-long three-way battle for honours, it all came down to the last race.

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.

Grahame enroute to setting fastest time in the Offenhauser Special, Chamberlain Road, Bombay, South Auckland, February 1962 (Photo Stu Buchanan Collection)


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