New colour, new cause for driver

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STEWART

Wa­haroa Speed­way driver Richard Ed­wards is back this sea­son with a new cause and a not-so-new car.

Ed­wards raised $400 for the New Zealand Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion last sea­son with his cus­tom-painted cherry pink jalopy.

Now the car has been made over fire-en­gine red and is out on the track in sup­port of the West­pac Res­cue He­li­copter.

The club has al­ready col­lected about $ 150 for the chop­per and Ed­wards said it meant a lot to the mem­bers.

‘‘One of our mate’s son in law was washed off some rocks over at Tairua and the West­pac He­li­copter pretty much saved his life,’’ he said.

West­pac Mata­mata has jumped on board to help raise aware­ness, pro­vid­ing lol­lies and bal­loons for the kids at race meet­ings.

Col­lec­tion buck­ets at the track are help­ing to bring the cash in, with any dona­tion big or small help­ing out.

‘‘ The more the mer­rier,’’ said Ed­wards. ‘‘It’s all go­ing to a good cause.’’ It is Ed­wards’ sec­ond sea­son as a driver and af­ter nine races this year he is ‘‘still buzzing’’ af­ter each one.

‘‘It doesn’t mat­ter where I come, I’m al­ways smil­ing when I come off the track,’’ he said.

The car is a lit­tle worse for wear af­ter earn­ing the ti­tle of Pan­el­beater’s Night­mare last sea­son but will be a wel­come fea­ture in the West­pac float at the Santa Pa­rade next weekend.

The next race meet­ing at Wa­haroa Speed­way is this Sun­day and will in­clude a 20-lap min­i­s­tock fea­ture race. All are wel­come. Ed­wards would like to thank spon­sors Neven Granich, Mata­mata Hire, Marc 1 Tyres and Vis­ual Ef­fects Mata­mata.

ni­cola.stewart@wrcn.co.nz

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