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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…

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…

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…

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 his…

October 16, 2018

SAVING THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE A MASTERS IN HISTORY   Written by Pete McNae Rob Anglesey has made thousands of laps of the Milestone Homes Top of the South Speedway — a significant percentage of them at a very leisurely pace. The 47-year-old fifth-generation farmer from Tadmor (think Tapawera, but over a bit and…

October 16, 2018

SAVING THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE A MASTERS IN HISTORY Written by Pete McNae Rob Anglesey has made thousands of laps of the Milestone Homes Top of the South Speedway — a significant percentage of them at a very leisurely pace. The 47-year-old fifth-generation farmer from Tadmor (think Tapawera, but over a bit and down…

July 7, 2018

COMMITTEE APPEALS FOR CALM CLUB MESSAGE TO OUR SUPPORTERS By Pete McNae Keep calm and carry on. It’s not just a motto on a coffee mug, it’s also the approach the Nelson Speedway Association are urging from their members and the speedway public. The current and ongoing issues with the club’s operating conditions at the…

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…