The Christchurch earthquakes and rebuild have thrown up a lot of characters in the last few years and none are any bigger than the owner of Southern Demolition, Alan Edge.
This larger than life character, who has earned a reputation for being brusque and tough talking in the teak tough demolition game, is one of the major players in the massive demolition industry that has sprung up since the Christchurch earthquakes.
The Edge name has also been around in Canterbury harness racing circles since the involvement of Alan's father Noel nearly fifty years ago.
Today Alan's brother Neil trains a handy team from Maddisons Road in Weedons just south of Christchurch and its here that Alan has honed his driving skills in recent years on members of Neil's team.
Always highly competitive throughout a very successful sporting career, Alan has become a regular in the amateur driving events.
At last Sunday's Oamaru meeting Alan took the drive behind the well tried Edge stable runner Alta Capone.
Drawn wide at nine, Alan dropped Alta Capone out to last early in the 2600 meters mobile event and thats where he stayed until joining the three wide train at the 1100 meters mark.
Getting a lovely drag into the race from there, Alta Capone finished stoutly in the straight to just get his nose in front at the right time.
This was the fifth win lifetime for the son of The Big Dog who is owned by Alan and Neil and took his stake earnings to $28,973.
Alta Capone paced the 2600 meters in 3:19.6, a mile rate of 2:03.5 with closing sectionals of 58.2 and 29 in the bitter winter conditions.
This was Alan's third win in an Amateur drivers race along with seven placings from just 25 drives.
If Sundays inch perfect drive is anything to go by, it certainly wont be Alans last winning drive.