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January 13, 2019
THE LONGEST DAY SUPERSTOCKS UNDER THE SUN   Written by Pete McNae   A message to the small minority who would see speedway driven out of Nelson, if they could have their way. The sport will bend but, with the support of the thousands who went to the Milestone Homes Top of the South Speedway...
January 10, 2019
WESTMEAT NZ SUPERSTOCK GP GROUPS FOR SATURDAY'S MEETING   The groups have been revealed for Saturday's meeting. Scrutineering is from noon, grand parade at 4.50pm and racing starts at 5pm sharp.   CHICKEN GROUP 1nz Jason Long 3nz Simon Joblin 5s Niklaus Kiser 9b Adam Groome 15a Karl Pegg 19c Malcolm Ngatai 26s Mitch Vickery...
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…

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…

October 26, 2018

CONNOR’S GROWN UP IN PUBLIC SPEED BUMPS IN THE FAST LANE   Written by Pete McNae The tired old line of “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” sums up the brief speedway career of Nelson sprintcar driver Connor Rangi. He’s packed enough hiccups and setbacks into his 18 years to turn most people away…

October 20, 2018

THERE’S A TEAR IN THE EYE (AND IT WASN’T DUST — HONEST) Written by Pete McNae It’s not often you will find “sentimentality” and “speedway” in the same sentence. Unless the sentence is: “There’s stuff all sentimentality in speedway”. But on opening night of the 50th anniversary season at the Milestone Homes Top of the…

October 17, 2018

TOO GOOD TO REFUSE 500-PLUS HORSES FOR COURSES   Written by Pete McNae The phone call must have sounded like an out-take from the British sitcom, The Vicar of Dibley, when old Jim would say “No, no, no, no … yes”. That’s pretty much how 2002-03 New Zealand superstock champion Jared Wade ended up with…

March 31, 2018

ANOTHER SUMMER DONE AND DUSTED Flag falls on season 2017-18 Written by Pete McNae Nobody’s perfect, but the sidecar combination of Derek and Mathew Ramsay might be no more than 5m away from it. The Wairarapa family team provided some of the best moments of The New Gate Company Easter Extravaganza, the eight-class ending to…

March 30, 2018

Fortune favours the brave ROUGH AND THE ODD TUMBLE   Written by Pete McNae The Nelson Speedway Association was caught between a rut and a hard place for day one of their final meeting of the summer, The New Gate Co Easter Extravaganza. Heavy rain earlier in the week soaked the surface at the Milestone…

March 27, 2018

WHEN A WANT BECOMES A NEED SUPER-SIZE ME!   Written by Pete McNae This story about a young man’s dream coming true has a happy ending for just about everyone. Maybe only Dave and Sandy Neiman will be dismayed — they have just found out that son Brad is staying home until he’s 40. Why…