Wai­tangi Week­end Champs

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This Wai­tangi Week­end in Cromwell at the early flag drop time of 5pm, fuel your need for speed with adrenaline-pump­ing wheel-to-wheel dirt track ac­tion at Heavy Trax Hire Cen­tral Mo­tor Speed­way. A big fea­ture of rac­ing will be see­ing for your­self the sheer guts, de­ter­mi­na­tion and skill that in just four months has taken Cromwell res­i­dent and Cromwell con­tracted sa­loon driver 27-year-old Peter Dickson from first race meet­ing rookie in Oc­to­ber to 2016’s NZ2 sa­loon driver in Gis­borne on Satur­day, Jan 16. And he’s done it all at the wheel of a sa­loon class race­car that dur­ing the 2015 win­ter he mostly built him­self at Hyper­mac Rac­ing where he works along­side mas­ter chas­sis builder Shane MacIn­tyre. We should add that Peter is also the 2015/16 SI Sa­loon Cham­pion and took home the 5th place tro­phy in the 2016 Valvo­line Sa­loon Se­ries run on seven North Is­land tracks dur­ing De­cem­ber and early Jan­uary.

Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 6 from 5pm they’ll all be rac­ing... Sa­loons:

Race-bred ’Mon­sters of Speed­way’ with 400hp V8’s and cov­er­ing their so­phis­ti­cated space frame chas­sis, fi­bre­glass body pan­els repli­cat­ing Corvettes, Mus­tangs, Ca­maros and other Amer­i­can mus­cle cars.

Su­per Sa­loons:

This class looks just like sa­loons and shares many race parts but gulps down methanol and puts around 700+ horse­power on to the clay. Su­per Sa­loons also pro­vide driv­ers with some seven tog­gles, knobs and levers to make shocks and brake bias ad­just­ment dur­ing a race.

Crowned by a large wing over the driver’s cock­pit and a smaller one be­tween the front wheels, th­ese 800 - 900 open wheel­ers are speed­way’s fastest class reach­ing speeds of around 160kph on the straights be­tween the two ends of 500m long Heavy Trax Roof­ing Cen­tral Mo­tor Speed­way.


Six Shoot­ers:

Of­ten re­ferred to as ’wing­less sprint­cars’, this is a class that de­servedly is gain­ing in driver and spec­ta­tor pop­u­lar­ity. Al­most all are sprint­car chas­sis re­pow­ered by a Holden Com­modore 3.8 litre V6. Al­though cre­ated as a feeder to sprint­cars, many

Brand new to the sa­loon class in a brand new self-made Hyper­mac car:

Cen­tral Mo­tor Speed­way con­tract Peter Dickson in 11t showed fel­low driv­ers and spectators he’ll be the man to watch. Peter will soon change his num­ber to NZ2 to re­flect his stand­ing. driv­ers en­joy rac­ing six-shoot­ers so much that they stay with the class.

Look­ing like stock­cars that have shrunk in a hot wash, th­ese 1200cc pow­ered race at speeds that make it hard to be­lieve that driv­ers are just 12 to 16 year olds. Sur­pris­ingly good fun to watch.

Want to have a go at speed­way? Then this is the class for you. Get hold of a cheap Subaru, Mitzi, Mazda or what­ever, strip it down to a bare shell, in­stall a roll cage and race seat, and you’re away. Pro­duc­tion driv­ers’ ages range from teenagers to over 70 years old.



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