Fire­works light up sky at speed­way

Te Awamutu Courier - - News - BY COLIN THORSEN

Dr Martin Van Tiel and his py­rotech­nics crew turned on a an­other spec­tac­u­lar Com­mu­nity Fire­works dis­play at McDon­ald’s Ki­hik­ihi Speed­way on Sun­day night.

For eight min­utes, Van Tiel Py­rotech­nics lit up the sky with mag­i­cal se­quences to en­ter­tain ev­ery­one.

The dis­play fea­tured the aerial star shells, star mines and multi shots. The aerial star shells from 75mm to 125mm ex­ploded 100 to 150m high and from 75 to 125m in di­am­e­ter.

“With the wide range of py­rotech­nic ef­fects avail­able, we can chore­o­graph fire­works dis­plays to suit all events,” Dr Van Tiel told the Courier.

The Waipa Dis­trict Coun­cil Com­mu­nity Fire­works dis­play was post­poned un­til Sun­day evening af­ter rain washed out pro­ceed­ings af­ter only one full round of speed­way rac­ing on Satur­day night.

“We only needed one hour’s grace on Satur­day and we would have been able to com­bine the speed­way and fire­works on Satur­day,” said Dr Van Tiel.

“Ob­vi­ously, the weather made it too dif­fi­cult to go ahead with the dis­play as planned but the or­gan­is­ers de­ci­sion to have a rained out day was jus­ti­fied.

“Con­di­tions turned out per­fect for the fire­works on Sun­day, although I was a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed in the crowd size con­sid­er­ing it was free en­try.”

Dr Van Tiel said his firm en­joys stag­ing the fire­works an­nu­ally at Ki­hik­ihi.

“It’s one of the first events of the sea­son for us and the com­mu­nity seem to re­ally en­joy it.”

There promises to be plenty of fire­works on the track at Ki­hik­ihi Speed­way this sea­son judg­ing by the com­peti­tors’ keen­ness on Satur­day night to burn off any pent up frus­tra­tion built up over the six month win­ter break.

Jared Wade, formerly of Huntly, now driv­ing a new car and con­tracted to the Ki­hik­ihi club, won both Su­per­stock races in an im­pres­sive start to the sea­son.

Brian Ed­wards looked more at home in his new Cool Chas­sis car, win­ning the open­ing Sprint Car heat.

Fel­low Ki­hik­ihi driver Jade Bar­nett will have gained con­sid­er­able heart from plac­ing sec­ond in his de­but ap­pear­ance in a Sprint Car.

Huntly driv­ers cleaned up the Stock­car races — Dave Moore win­ning in his Stock­car and Dy­lan Mar­shall pre­vail­ing in the Min­i­s­tock race.

The host Ki­hik­ihi club had fur­ther suc­cess with Mal­colm Mazur win­ning the sa­loon race in his Mus­tang.

If all this gets your heart pump­ing, get your back­side track­side for the next meet­ing at Ki­hik­ihi on Sun­day, No­vem­ber 24, from 5pm to 9.30pm.

Twenty six of the coun­try’s top driv­ers will con­test the Ing­ham Hyundai and Wade Rac­ing Con­duc­tive Ed­u­ca­tion Su­per­stock Chal­lenge — one of the big­gest char­ity meet­ings on the NZ Speed­way cal­en­dar this sea­son.

Photo / 180 Pho­tog­ra­phy

Brian Ed­wards 73K wasted no time in putting a dom­i­nant dis­play in the only Sprint Car race to be run on Satur­day evening.

Photo / Sup­plied

Fire­works lit up the sky over Ki­hik­ihi Speed­way on Sun­day night.

Photo / 180 Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Un­touch­able in the two Su­per­stock races to be run was a dom­i­nant Jared Wade 85K who will be one to watch at Ki­hik­ihi Speed­way next event.

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