Fireworks light up sky at speedway
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.
Brian Edwards 73K wasted no time in putting a dominant display in the only Sprint Car race to be run on Saturday evening.
Fireworks lit up the sky over Kihikihi Speedway on Sunday night.
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.