Speedy fundraiser

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

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.

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