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June 17, 2016

The power of one was amply illustrated as the Nelson Tigers started their teams racing season with a convincing win. Going into Saturday’s race for the McCall Trophy at the Tahuna Beach Holiday Park Speedway, the Tigers appeared slightly frayed at the edges. They were facing the strongest side the Woodford Glen Eagles had been…

June 17, 2016

You put the right Boote in, you take the right Boote out, you put the right Boote in – and then you award him a championship in speedway’s version of the hokey-cokey. It took a long time and a hearty helping of angst before Nelson’s Craig Boote was named the 2013-14 South Island superstock titleholder…

June 17, 2016

Take 80 drivers with an appetite for destruction, season with clay and concrete, fuel with caffeine and stand the hell clear. Qualifying night for the Zumo New Zealand streetstock championship was all it was promised to be, fast and totally loose. Tonight, at Nelson’s Tahuna Beach Holiday Park Speedway, 26 of the best (and 28…

March 29, 2014

Not so much a geriatric as a geri-hat-trick. When 59-year-old quadruple heart bypass survivor John Warwood and passenger Laurie McMahon (56) won the Anchor Construction South Island sidecar championship on Saturday, it was Warwood’s third title at an age and stage when some of his peers are eyeing their pensioner bus pass. The years have…

March 22, 2014

Winning speedway championships must be like riding a bike . . . once you know how, you never forget. Former international midget team competitor Nevil Basalaj made a rare appearance at Tahuna Beach Holiday Park Speedway – the midget class has only run twice at Nelson’s first 10 meetings and Basalaj missed that one –…