Roar­ing wheels in mo­tion

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‘‘We have a lot of new peo­ple in­volved, par­tic­u­larly from the North Is­land.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple who have not been here be­fore have shown in­ter­est this time around,’’ Aikman said.

Former Thames-Coro­man­del District Coun­cil Mayor Glenn Leach was one of those, sched­uled to ar­rive in Wai­mate on Thurs­day with a sup­port team, and his 1964 Mark II Ford Cortina in tow.

Leach, of Whi­tianga, said it would be his first time at­tend­ing the event.

‘‘This has been on the cards for me for years and I’m in re­tire­ment now so I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to en­joy­ing the heart­land,’’ Leach said.

Aikman said mul­ti­ple com­mu­nity groups and vol­un­teers were help­ing out.

The drift­ing events would be a high­light of this year’s Wai­mate 50, he said.

‘‘We are hav­ing some pro­fes­sional drift teams com­ing from the North Is­land.

‘‘We bought four teams last year and we have seven this year.

‘‘Drift­ing is the fastest grow­ing event in mo­tor­sport and a lot of peo­ple will be com­ing just for the drift­ing.’’

The event would cul­mi­nate with an in­vi­ta­tion race on the Satur­day and Sun­day of Labour Week­end, with up to 20 cars of all de­scrip­tions go­ing for glory, he said.

PHOTO: DOUG FIELD/STUFF

Wai­mate 50 spokesman Rob Aikman said there had been a lot of in­ter­est in the event.

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