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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…

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…

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 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…

December 31, 2017

It’s Wilkie all the way Shakeup up for series standings   By Pete McNae Christmas is a time for surprises. Sometimes, they are disappointments – like when you hope to unwrap a Fitbit and you get a three-pack of tighty whities instead. And sometimes, the surprise is a pleasant one, like last night’s meeting at…

December 27, 2017

FULL-sized fun with midgets TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT   Written by Pete McNae It was the hands-down success of the Nelson speedway summer last season. There were plenty of cynics who doubted whether the Milestone Homes Top of the South Speedway was the right venue to host the 75th New Zealand Midget Car Championship…

June 29, 2017

MIGHTY MIDGETS WIN NEW FANS PICKENS SECURES HIS SEVENTH   Written by: Pete McNae It wasn’t without its share of heartburn and headaches but, after 30 laps, MP was the master and all others were reduced to the role of frustrated chasers. In winning his seventh New Zealand Midget Car Championship at the Milestone Homes…

June 4, 2017

Open wheels all the way Webb gets best of both worlds   Written by: Pete McNae   Dick Webb was in the US when great friend and racing rival Leigh Marquet passed away during the off-season. The pair had duelled in TQs and midgets over many seasons at the Milestone Homes Top of the South…

January 28, 2017

US DRIVERS HUNTING THE 1NZ MIDGETS DELIVER MAXIMUM VALUE   Written by: Pete McNae   Tonight’s national championship will be decided by the who’s who of the New Zealand midget car scene – Michael Pickens, Peter Hunnibell, Brad Mosen and Shayne Alach, and the who’s he – four relatively unknown but outrageously talented young American…

January 26, 2017

MASTER BLASTER SEEKS SEVENTH ‘SLIM’ HOPES TO JOIN ‘CYCLONE’   Written by: Pete McNae   Michael Pickens has six of the best – but a seventh New Zealand Midget Car Championship would see him join a group with a current membership of one. The 34-year-old Aucklander could become just the second driver in that rarefied…

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