Speed­way kicks off with a bang

North Waikato News - - SPORT - CAITLIN WAL­LACE

This year’s Huntly Speed­way sea­son open­ing night is set to be a ‘‘big­ger and bet­ter’’ ex­pe­ri­ence for crowds.

While last sea­son’s rac­ing ended in April, it’s been all go to or­gan­ise the event set for Novem­ber 4.

With eight core com­mit­tee mem­bers who hail from as far as Auck­land and Ro­torua, the team plans each sea­son two years out.

Vice pres­i­dent Fiona Wall­bank said the open­ing night com­plete with rac­ing across a va­ri­ety of classes and ma­jor fire­works dis­play would amaze the crowd.

‘‘It will be big­ger and bet­ter than last year,’’ she said.

Wall­bank al­ways looks for­ward to the crowd’s re­ac­tion to the dis­play.

‘‘It’s so cool be­ing on the other side lis­ten­ing to all the ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’.’’

But be­cause it’s so pop­u­lar, Wall­bank said it’s best for spec­ta­tors to ar­rive early with the gates open­ing at 3pm ahead of the event kick off at 7pm.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Al­lan Pow­ell said the fire­works dis­play at­tracted ’new­bies’ but the rac­ing tends to hook peo­ple in to keep them com­ing back.

The night will in­clude su­per stocks, stock cars, saloons, mini stocks, mini sprints and mod­i­fieds.

He said it’s also fam­i­lyfriendly, al­low­ing peo­ple of all ages to en­joy the show.

‘‘Bring your blan­ket, bring your fam­ily and en­joy a fam­ily night out.’’

It’s a real com­mu­nity ef­fort with the Lions group co­or­di­nat­ing park­ing and clean up the next day.’’Tim Foy, he’s here at 7 every Sun­day morn­ing or­gan­is­ing all the crew.’’

There are also reps who or­gan­ise the driv­ers - many of those have been par­ents of driv­ers or driv­ers them­selves.

The night is just the start of a sea­son jam-packed with plenty of ex­cit­ing races.

A rain post­pone­ment date is set for Novem­ber 11.


Huntly Speed­way vice pres­i­dent Fiona Wall­bank, left, com­mit­tee mem­ber Al­lan Pow­ell and care­taker Max Ma­cLaren are part of the busy team work­ing hard be­fore the sea­son starts on Novem­ber 4.

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