Forty competitors enjoyed a day of racing under sunny skies in Stratford for the 33rd annual Stratford Street Sprint.
With cars coming from all around the North Island, there was a fabulous array of all makes and models, with some not having seen the light of day for three years.
One in particular was Ivan Bevins, born in Stratford, who brought his car down from Auckland to have a go.
Driving his 1974 Ford Falcon XB GT Coupe, he had his issues during the day but managed to win the Sports and Racing Class.
Overall winner Brent
Sellens, from Feilding, driving his 2020 GR Yaris, looked to be an unlikely winner, but with smooth lines and a short wheelbase he pipped Loren Brookes, Wellington, in his Subaru Impreza Sti, by just under a second, with local lad Steve Midgley driving his Austin Mini for third.
Steve’s was another vehicle that hadn’t seen the light of day for a year or two.
A good crowd attended and supported the Stratford Primary School barbecue, and were very accommodating towards the marshals along with their gold coin donation.
Even the new recruits from the Stratford Fire Brigade were shown the ropes when filling the safety barriers earlier in the day.
Prizegiving at Club X was a much-appreciated warm atmosphere, as the Stratford chill set in around 2.30pm.
All competitors who attended the prizegiving received spot prizes from the numerous businesses within Stratford and the winners, their certificates, sponsored by Get it Fixed.
Results by class:
Class A- 0-1300cc: 1st Steve Midgely, Austin Mini. Class 2 1301-1600cc: 1st Lance Prouse, Toyota Corolla FX GT, 2nd William Adlam, Toyota Corolla FX GT. Class 3 1601-2000cc: 1st Stu Robertson, Ford Escort, 2nd Bruce Commerer, Ford Escort Mk1, 3rd Caleb Prideaux, BMW 320I E30, 4th Kurt McGhie,
Toyota Curren TRD, 5th Richard Hopper, Ford Escort Mk2, 6th Troy Everitt-Hood, Toyota Curren TRD, 7th Peter Prideaux, BMW 320i E30, 8th Lance Munroe, Sylvia Striker, 9th Paul Callaghan Mazda MX6, 10th Toyota Altezza. Class D 2000+cc: 1st Greg Hirst, Toyota MR2, 2nd Ben Kearins, Toyota MR2 AW, 3rd Boyd John, Mazda RX8, 4th Karl Hannah, Nissan Skyline R33, 5th Thomas Sinton, Toyota Altezza, 6th Toby Scott, Nissan Cefiro, 7th John Bouzaid, Holden Commodore VL. Class E 4WD: 1st Brent Sellens, Toyota Yarls GR, 2nd Loren Brookes Subaru Impreza Sti, 3rd Mark Mc Guinniss, Subaru Impreza WRX, 4th Chris Sharpe, Audi S3, 5th Alan Groves, Subaru WRX, 5th Steven Milham, Subaru
Legacy RS, 6th Eli Barrington, Subaru Sprinter, 7th Mark Goodin, Subaru Impreza Sti, 8th Bob Guppy, Volkswagen Golf R, 9th Sean Bryce, Audi TT Quattro. Class F Classic: 1st Jared Neilson, Honda Civic, 2nd John Connell, Ford Falcon XC, 3rd Blair Hughes, Holden Commodore VK, 4th Joel Hughes, Holden Commodore VK, 5th Doug Hughes Holden Commodore VK, 6th Philip Macey, Ford Falcon XC. Class G Sports: 1st Ivan Bevins, Ford Falcon XBGT Coupe, 2nd Majo Janeck, BMW E30.
McDonald Real Estate Stratford AFC senior squads played their final competitive matches for the year last weekend.
The First team finished with a 1-all draw over FDMC, a goal to Jordan Savage. The Reserve side came from 2-nil down to beat Woodleigh 3-2, with two goals to Jamie Pretty and one to Kevin van Loo.
The Tungsten Legal Women’s Cup run came to an end with a 9-nil lost to Moturoa; Caitlin Howard was player of the day.
The Honda Hub Youth teams both had good wins, the Under 18s won 6-1 over FDMC Lasallians and the Under 15s won 5-3 over Inglewood; player of the day for the U15s was shared between Matilda Willson and Tawera McFaull.