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January 10, 2019

NEW NUMBER ONE IN NELSON THE LONG WAY HOME   Written by Pete McNae   Jason Long can legitimately claim to be number one all year round. The Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union sponsorship manager also plays loosehead prop for the province’s Mitre 10 Cup team in the winter and wears the No 1. Claiming the…

January 9, 2019
FOWLER TAKES A SEAT SHORT-TERM GAIN Written by Pete McNae Nick Fowler was an ex-superstock driver.  He'd hung up the Hans device. At 44, the owner of the Pro-Karts business and its related attractions at Tahunanui Beach figured he'd done his dash when it came to driving dirt ovals. Fowler had started in A grade...
December 29, 2018

BIT OF FUN IN THE SUN SPEEDWAY CATCHES A BREATH   Written by Pete McNae So, that’s it for the first part of the Nelson Speedway Association’s 50th anniversary season, a low-key knockabout between the turkey and trifle and the awkward midnight kiss at the Church Steps as speedway punctuated the holiday season tonight. The…

December 27, 2018

THE MANY FACES OF MORGAN DUMELOW JUST ONE OF THE LADS   Written by Pete McNae Depending on where you meet her, Morgan Dumelow could be filling one — or some — of a number of roles. There’s Morgan the quantity surveyor. Morgan the eldest of five sisters and partner of a former 2NZ superstock…

December 9, 2018

A ROUGH NIGHT FOR THE N CANTERBURY COMES TO TOWN   Written by Pete McNae It began so promisingly with Nelson drivers handing out a beating. Before the night was over at the Milestone Homes Top of the South Speedway though, they were beaten — and a little beaten up. Four titles were decided last…

December 6, 2018
VISITORS FILL NELSON FIELDS 21 RACES FOR 20 BUCKS Written by Pete McNae With just over a fortnight til Christmas, money is tight and tough calls need to be made on that twenty dollars tucked away in the wallet. Sorry, Auntie Barbara, no box of Favourites for you this year -- that green note is...
December 5, 2018

GIVING IT HUNDY AND FIDDY INJECTION OF ENERGY FOR STREETSTOCKS Written by Pete McNae It might give mathematicians a migraine but over in Team Hundy and Fiddy Racing’s pit, 100 per cent isn’t enough. Not by any measure. Over there, they do things a hundy, plus another fiddy, for the impressive total of 150 per…

November 18, 2018

TEMPERATURES RISE ON COOL NIGHT SAM SILENCES SPRINTCAR RIVALS Written by Pete McNae He’s the quiet guy with his foot on the loud pedal. Queenstown builder Sam O’Callaghan might be a bit brief on banter, but he more than makes up for it with big brass knobs at the wheel of the Freeman Motorsport Triple…

November 14, 2018

IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT The wind beneath his wings   Written by Pete McNae   There’s no 50 shades of clay for Nelson Speedway Association vice-president and sprintcar team owner Kevin Freeman. It’s black or white, wrong or right (if you don’t agree, you’re probably wrong) and he calls a spade a poor substitute for…

November 4, 2018

Speedway dodges the showers Fireworks night packs in the punters Written by Pete McNae They must have skipped over Nelson at weather forecasters’ school because they so rarely get it right. When yesterday’s forecast said rain, followed by showers, with some high winds in the mix, it seemed there was no way the second meeting…