Rough ride for char­ity

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

The car painted pink to raise aware­ness for breast can­cer is look­ing a bit worse for wear af­ter its first sea­son at Wa­haroa Speed­way.

In fact, its driver Richard Edwards has earned the track’s tongue-incheek ti­tle of Panel­beat­ers’ Night­mare.

It was all worth it though to raise a to­tal of $400 for the New Zealand Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

‘‘It gives you a bit more of a rea­son to go out there,’’ said Mr Edwards.

‘‘You’re not just go­ing out to race, you’re ac­tu­ally do­ing some­thing for some­body.’’

The fire­wood and shear­ing con­trac­tor had never driven speed­way be­fore when he was ap­proached by his mate Mau­rice Hodgkin­son.

‘‘He got given the car and de­cided he would paint it pink for breast can­cer and asked me if I wanted to race it for the sea­son.

‘‘It’s a con­tact sport and it’s a lot of fun.’’

It was the first sea­son he hadn’t watched most of the races from the safety of the side­line.

He must have learnt some­thing from all his years as a spec­ta­tor, pick­ing up a small col­lec­tion of tro­phies over the sea­son.

The new­comer came sec­ond equal for jalop­ies at the Club Champs, earned the sec­ond most points for jalop­ies over the sea­son and was over­all jalopy win­ner at the track’s two-day meet.

He is look­ing for­ward to rac­ing next sea­son and the car is off to the panel­beat­ers for a bit of at­ten­tion.

It will also be back on the track in Oc­to­ber, al­though it may not be recog­nis­able.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be a new colour,’’ said Mr Edwards. ‘‘Same car, dif­fer­ent cause.’’ While the new cause is still un­der wraps, Mr Edwards would like to thank all the car’s spon­sors and any­one who made a do­na­tion.

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