Full house revs up speedway opener
‘‘The extra atmosphere that came with a full arena really fuelled the action.’’
The Wellington Speedway season has started with a bang.
More than 6000 speedway fans turned out for the Te Marua club’s opening night.
The ‘‘full house’’ signs went up at the venue’s carparking early on the Labour Weekend Sunday and fans were left to park as far away as Plateau Rd and walk in.
This Saturday the long established Te Marua club will hold its Fireworks Supershow night meeting with the mix of racing and fireworks a popular annual event.
‘‘We always have good crowds for our opening meeting, but this was exceptional and the extra atmosphere that came with a full arena really fuelled the action,’’ Wellington Speedway spokesman Aaron Musgrove said.
‘‘We learned later that there were traffic queues extending back as far as Totara Park bridge on the River Road.’’
‘‘One regular speedway couple we know left at their normal time to get there and they gave up in the end and turned around at the Rimutaka Caltex station and headed home,’’ he said.
Musgrove was expecting another big turnout on Saturday.
‘‘We have made changes to how we do some things to make sure there are less delays for people, both when they are arriving and when they are leaving.
‘‘We’re opening a second car park and more staff have been hired.’’
Speedway has gone through important changes in the last decade, Musgrove said.
‘‘It’s moved on and away from being seen as a bogan affair and is now recognised as well rounded and professional family entertainment.’’
The cancellation of the opening night action at the Palmerston North Speedway the evening before the Te Marua night was a factor in the extra high level of crowd interest in Wellington, Musgrove said.
That meant there was a higher number of Manawatu¯ drivers, support teams and race fans at Te Marua.
They all contributed to the Super Stockcar crash and bash action on a programme which was backed with top racing in other classes and finished off with a demolition derby hit out delivering plenty of carnage.
The Wellington Speedway 2017/18 has plenty highlights.
Next up, after the fireworks night, is the second round of the National Super Saloon series on November 11. of other