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