Local boys living the stockcar dream
Four local boys got to live the dream representing Whangamata¯ at Waharoa Speedway recently, taking out first and second in their first stock car race meet.
A $5000 donation from the Whangamata¯ Community Board and support from the community helped Boston Adams, Reef Beaver, Blake Goodman and Josh Smith have a go at the sport. Boston had a win and Blake a second.
Blake’s mum Sarah says the Whanga Stox was started up thanks to the generosity of the owner of four stock cars who wanted to see them used. Boston, Blake, Reef and Josh had parents willing to commit to getting the sport going locally, and the opportunity is open to other keen young drivers if they can get parental support.
“What a dream to be told as a young man that you can drop the clutch, scream it out in second and go hard. It’s what we would probably all like to do but some people don’t push those limits. These four — there’s not one that’s nervous among them. They all go pretty hard.”
Blake has a “blat paddock” at home in Wentworth Valley in which to practise and Joe Adams from O¯ poutere has also allowed racing. Sarah says it requires a bit of commitment and cost, with ongoing expenses for fixing and maintaining the cars, and they are grateful for support.
“We are always looking for sponsors, so get in touch through our Whanga Stox Facebook page for an opportunity to advertise your business.”