Whanga Stox race project for youth
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...