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the in­au­gu­ral se­ries was won by lo­cal racer Johnny Hep­burn, from Ti­maru.

This year, the town was host to street race cars; rally cars; and, again, the D1NZ North ver­sus South Drift com­pe­ti­tion par­tic­i­pants — al­ways a crowd­pleaser in the close con­fines of Wai­mate’s streets. Livestream­ing meant the track could be viewed from any­where. Ac­com­mo­da­tion was booked out, and there was plenty to en­ter­tain young and old, day and night.

With re­cent sup­port from lo­cal busi­ness­man Ken Mck­e­own’s Mck­e­own Petroleum com­pany and a host of other lo­cal busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als, the re­gion should en­joy the suc­cess of this event for years to come.

“The gravel week­end events and the Vines Hill­climb event, which is new for this year, is a lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenge in its com­plex­ity. The hill climb and down­hill events have been re­ceived very well, with no neg­a­tives,” Aik­man said.

Ques­tions were raised in the lead-up to this year’s event, as a large por­tion of the bud­get went to­wards ful­fill­ing health-and­safety com­pli­ance is­sues. But the crowds came in big num­bers and en­joyed an ar­ray of great rac­ing and socializing and sent the or­ga­niz­ers a clear mes­sage that the Wai­mate 50 was en­joyed by all.

“Our aim is to bring some­thing spe­cial, and va­ri­ety, to en­ter­tain peo­ple over Labour Week­end. It does take sev­eral weeks of con­struc­tion and work to get it all to­gether. We are grate­ful to have the peo­ple and ex­per­tise on hand to do that,” he said.

Wai­mate mayor Craig Row­ley praised the ef­forts of or­ga­niz­ers, busi­nesses, and vol­un­teers who made it all hap­pen.

“The Wai­mate 50 is a wel­come event for our district — the eco­nomic ben­e­fit it brings to our district is not un­der­es­ti­mated. No event of this mag­ni­tude can be run with­out spon­sors, and, to this year’s spon­sors, I ex­press a big thank you,” Row­ley said.

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