Whanga Stox race project for youth

Coastal News - - Front Page - By LES­LEY STANILAND news@coastal­news.co.nz

What a great day it was last Satur­day for Whanga­mata youth, when two min­i­s­tocks rolled into town on the back of a large trailer.

The Whanga­mata Youth Stock Car Project — nick­named Whanga Stox — is the first project ini­ti­ated by the Manaaki Ta¯ ngata Group, led by the Whanga­mata Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Trust in col­lab­o­ra­tion with many other groups and agen­cies in the com­mu­nity.

The Whanga­mata Med­i­cal Cen­tre, Po­lice, Com­mu­nity Board mem­bers, TCDC, Whanga­mata Com­mu­nity Board, En­ter­prise Whanga­mata, Whanga­mata Lions, Whanga­mata MENZ Shed, Com­mu­nity Pa­trol, Beach Hop Car en­thu­si­asts, the Whanga­mata Area School and other con­cerned Whanga­mata fam­i­lies have all come to­gether to give the teens, in two age groups from 12 and older, a project they can call their own . . . re­build­ing the stocks and get­ting them ready to race.

The much-an­tic­i­pated launch also fea­tured mu­sic, a free sausage siz­zle, Beach Hop cars and the project min­i­s­tocks that rolled into town about mid­day af­ter trav­el­ling from New Zealand’s top stock­car builder and racer Peter Rees’ Palmer­ston North work­shop.

WCST Man­ager Kiri Camp­bell said the project had been fully funded, and shouldn’t be a bur­den to any teen or par­ent.

“Whanga Stox is a youth project, run by youth, for youth,” Ms Camp­bell said.

“It was started out of a de­sire to give our Whanga­mata youth some­thing con­struc­tive, pos­i­tive and drug and al­co­hol free to be a part of.”

She said there would be many roles to fill within the rac­ing team, in­clud­ing look­ing af­ter the me­chan­i­cal com­po­nents (pit crew), au­to­mo­tive paint­ing and panel beat­ing, car and logo art­work and de­sign, pro­mo­tions and ad­ver­tis­ing, spon­sor­ship and fundrais­ing, uni­form de­sign, health and safety, sourc­ing and pur­chas­ing, gen­eral ad­min­is­tra­tion tasks eg, book­ing races etc.

“And then the fun part … DRIV­ING!!

“Our youths will have the ex­hil­a­ra­tion of stock car rac­ing with a night trip to the stocks ei­ther at Waikaraka Park or Bay­park, hope­fully not long af­ter the rac­ing sea­son opens around Labour Week­end,” Ms Camp­bell said.

“There will be a lit­tle work to do be­fore the they be­come a rac­ing team, but they are more than ca­pa­ble with the guid­ance of ex­pe­ri­enced adults.

“This project has re­ceived some amaz­ing sup­port in our com­mu­nity al­ready — we just re­ally want youth to get in­volved so we can be out there on the track as soon as pos­si­ble.

The money was do­nated by nine fam­i­lies sup­port­ing the project, and the Whanga­mata Com­mu­nity Board ha given $5000 to­ward the cost of the project, and Peter Rees had sold the group the two cars at a “very dis­counted” price.

He said 30 teens had signed up on Satur­day but more were wel­come.

■ A meet­ing will be held at the Whanga­mata Rugby Clu­b­rooms TONIGHT at 6pm. All teens and their par­ents/ guardians are wel­come to join in and be a part of this project.

IN­VOLVED: Si­mone Hughes (Whanga­mata Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Trust) Alis­tair Luke (Prin­ci­pal, Whanga­mata Area School) and Peter Rees (NZ’S top stock­car racer and multi cham­pion) are just some of the peo­ple who have thrown their weight into the project. FRONT...

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