Waitangi Weekend Champs
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.
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.
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.