Vin­tage enthusiasm on the track

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­

Vin­tage mid­gets and fresh talent were on dis­play at the An­zac Youth and Vet­eran Day at Wa­haroa Speed­way on Fri­day.

The Auck­land Vin­tage Speed­way Club made a spe­cial ap­pear­ance, tak­ing their his­toric cars on to the track for a friendly 10 lap­per.

Club mem­ber Pat Bros­nan was there with his 1979 LTC midget.

‘‘We come down ev­ery year and it’s al­ways a good day,’’ he said.

‘‘ There’s al­ways some lit­tle thing hap­pen­ing. To­mor­row I am off to Meea­nee in Napier, three weeks ago I was in Whangarei.’’

Minis­tocks, pro­duc­tion sa­loons, 1/4 mid­gets and jalop­ies com­peted on the day, with a fo­cus on the youth classes.

Jamie Clarey, 14, a new­comer to Wa­haroa Speed­way, has just fin­ished his first sea­son driv­ing minis­tocks. ‘‘It’s re­ally, re­ally fun,’’ he said. He had made it to num­ber two in the Min­i­s­tock B class and was look­ing for­ward to next sea­son.

The race meet­ing con­tin­ued on Satur­day with the Aleisha O’Reilly Me­mo­rial 30 Lap­per a main fea­ture of the club’s 25-year cel­e­bra­tions.

It was the fi­nal meet­ing of the sea­son and the club would like to thank their ma­jor spon­sors J Swap Con­trac­tors, Mata­mata Hire, Marc 1 Wheels and Tyres and Neven Granich. They would also like to thank the Buck­ley fam­ily for their on­go­ing sup­port.

Vet­eran: Pat Bros­nan, of Auck­land, with his 1979 vin­tage midget at the Youth and Vet­eran Day at Wa­haroa Speed­way.

Next gen­er­a­tion: Wa­haroa Speed­way driver Jamie Clarey, 14, has just fin­ished his first sea­son driv­ing a min­i­s­tock.

Old school: His­toric speed­way cars take to the track at Wa­haroa Speed­way on An­zac Day.

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