Skid pad should hit right spot

South Taranaki Star - - FRONT PAGE - TARA SHASKEY

A tar­mac tear­ing mo­tor­sport en­thu­si­ast has plans to make it a whole lot eas­ier for Taranaki’s boy rac­ers to avoid tan­gling with the law.

An­thony Valvoi plans to build a me­chan­i­cal work­shop and a ‘‘rather large’’ skid pad just out­side New Ply­mouth.

The Strat­ford man said in­cor­po­rat­ing the skid pad, to be lo­cated ad­ja­cent to the garage’s carpark, into his busi­ness plan was his so­lu­tion to get­ting boy rac­ers off the streets.

‘‘There’s def­i­nitely a big mar­ket for it,’’ he said.

‘‘A lot of these kids meet on Fri­day and Satur­day nights and if they’ve got some­where they can go where they’re off the road and they can hang­out, and with the skid pad avail­able to them as well, it will cer­tainly give them a much bet­ter op­tion.

‘‘They keep their li­cence, they keep their car and it just stops a whole lot of prob­lems.’’

A mo­tor­sport en­thu­si­ast him­self, Valvoi knows the at­trac­tion of tear­ing up the tar­mac and said the re­gion needed a place for peo­ple to legally burn rubber.

Valvoi said there would be an al­co­hol ban at the fa­cil­ity, which would also pro­vide two com­pli­men­tary tyre-chang­ing ma­chines, and it would be avail­able to hire for events.

Taranaki has been with­out a des­ig­nated boy rac­ing skid pad since 2013 when the for­mer Fern­dene Speed­way near Eg­mont Vil­lage was closed to skid­ders.

Valvoi said the size of the pad was yet to be con­firmed as it was de­pen­dant on fi­nan­cial sup­port. He es­ti­mated it would cost about $200,000 to build.

‘‘Concrete’s not cheap,’’ he said.

The 28-year-old, who works as a man­ager at Taranaki Base Hos­pi­tal, is meet­ing the project’s busi­ness re­lated costs but was seek­ing hoped to garner fi­nan­cial sup­port for the build of the skid pad.

He aimed to have the garage open early next year and the skid pad in­stalled by Au­gust.

An­thony Valvoi is set­ting up a work­shop and wants to put a large skid pad next to it for lo­cals to do burnouts.

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