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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...
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…

June 19, 2018

DON’T GIVE UP HOPE, TIGERS FANS CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? By Pete McNae Don’t give up on the Nelson Tigers – there’s activity behind the scenes that should see the Nelson superstock team continue a proud tradition of performing at the ENZED Superstock Teams Championships in Palmerston North next month. Earlier this week, Tigers…

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 18, 2018

FIRST WHEN THE FLAG FALLS DUFF TIMES HIS RUN   Written by Pete McNae There’s only one lap that matters, all the rest are speedway foreplay. When the online report is written and the record books updated, it’s who was first to the flag who gets the kudos. New South Island sprintcar champion Jamie Duff…

February 10, 2018

NO REST  FOR 1NZ WEBB C IS FOR CHAMPION   By Pete McNae No one would begrudge Jeremy Webb a day off. He’s surely earned one. The new national three-quarter midget champion, winning the 65th running of the title just before the rain arrived at the Milestone Homes Top of the South Speedway tonight, wasn’t…

February 10, 2018

DON’T WRITE OFF THE SOUTH ACTION ON TRACK — AND ABOVE IT   By Pete McNae All the talk leading up to qualifying night for the Walkers Engineering New Zealand TQ Midget Championships focused on the Attack of the Killer Bs … brothers Ryan and Scott Baker and Auckland clubmate Ryan Barry, who had filled…

February 7, 2018

MEETING CHALLENGES HEAD-ON PORTER’S READY, WILLING AND ABLE   By Pete McNae Everyone wants a winner — the first past the post, the wearer of the red ribbon, the one on the top perch of the podium. But while just one competitor gets the photo opportunity, many more toil away with less success, happy to…

January 21, 2018

NELSON KEEPS IT LOCAL PUSH COMES TO SHOVE TO PAY BILLS   By Pete McNae In a surprising – and pleasing – development, the Nelson Tigers will take five local drivers to the ENZED Superstock Teams Champs in Palmerston North next week. Surprising because, for most of the 2017-18 season, a depleted class has struggled…