It’s not often you see a bright pink car tearing around the track at Waharoa’s Rangeview Speedway.
And that is exactly why Maurice Hodgkinson had an old Mitsubishi Galant custom-painted cherry pink.
‘‘I wanted to do something different that would catch people’s attention,’’ Mr Hodgkinson said.
The pink speedway jalopy will race in the crash and bash class this season as well as raising money for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.
‘‘The aim was to get more awareness for Rangeview and to do something for a charity at the same time,’’ Mr Hodgkinson said.
‘‘I thought pink would really stand out and breast cancer is a pretty important cause to support.’’
Businesses can come on board as sponsors, and track-goers can scrawl messages and sign their names on the paint after making a donation.
‘‘I’m hoping to see more black than pink by the end of the season,’’ Mr Hodgkinson said.
He also plans to take the car to the Saturday markets and the Christmas parade, with all money raised going directly to the foundation.
The venture will run until May next year when the final amount will be announced at Rangeview’s annual Picnic Day.
A number of local businesses have already shown their support.
Matamata Hire paid for the car, Colourplus donated the paint, and Neven Granich, Stihl Shop and Matamata Automotive Solutions were the first to sign on as sponsors.
Richard Edwards will drive the car for the season.
Turning heads: Maurice Hodgkinson from Matamata Hire had a speedway car custom-painted pink to raise money for breast cancer.