Fes­ti­val of speed

A chance for peo­ple to get in one of the High­lands cars be­tween races...

Central Otago Mirror - - CONVERSATIONS -

You can ex­pect ‘‘a lot of great rac­ing’’ if you’re head­ing along to High­lands Fes­ti­val of Speed this week­end.

Man­ager Mike Sentch said the for­mat for the 2017 event would be slightly dif­fer­ent than in other years, with an op­por­tu­nity for the pub­lic to ex­pe­ri­ence what the race driv­ers do with a range of ‘‘We-Drive’’ op­por­tu­ni­ties be­tween races.

It was a chance for peo­ple to get in one of the High­lands cars be­tween races and get a feel for the at­mos­phere out on the track,

Sentch said.

‘‘In a way they get to be­come a part of the race meet­ing. They can look for­ward to get­ting out there amongst the ac­tion.’’

Sentch en­cour­aged peo­ple want­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence We-Drive ac­tiv­i­ties to pre-book.

As well as the new We-Drive, Sentch said rac­ing would in­clude Pre 65s, Main­land Mus­cle Cars, Mod­ern Clas­sics and Nos­tal­gic Clas­sics.

‘‘It will be very, very cool to watch.’’

Sentch ex­pected more than 4000 peo­ple to at­tend the meet across the two days.

‘‘In the past it’s al­ways been well pa­tro­n­ised. It’s a great day out for the fam­ily.’’

Tick­ets are $25 per day, which in­cludes an all-ac­cess pass and op­por­tu­ni­ties to get into pit lane to see the cars up close and speak to the driv­ers, Sentch said.

Chil­dren un­der 16 are free. Rac­ing starts at 9am on Satur­day and Sun­day through un­til about 5.30pm, with a prac­tice day on Fri­day.

More info: events@high­lands.co.nz

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