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January 27, 2019
BEAUTY GOES MORE THAN SKIN DEEP TAKING THE HIGH ROAD   Written by Pete McNae "Pretty" doesn't win races. There was no better proof of that than last night's round of the Mag and Turbo Super Cup for super saloons at the Milestone Homes Top of the South Speedway. Peter Dickson's Generation 5 Hypermac super...
January 23, 2019
GOOD THINGS COME IN THREES BETTER, STRONGER, FASTER   Written by Pete McNae Burs is back. Not just back on track at the Milestone Homes Top of the South Speedway, either. No, Ian (Burs) Burson is back on the national podium, back cracking out the jokes and one-liners, back in love with speedway. It's not...
November 18, 2018

TEMPERATURES RISE ON COOL NIGHT SAM SILENCES SPRINTCAR RIVALS Written by Pete McNae He’s the quiet guy with his foot on the loud pedal. Queenstown builder Sam O’Callaghan might be a bit brief on banter, but he more than makes up for it with big brass knobs at the wheel of the Freeman Motorsport Triple…

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 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…

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…

February 24, 2018

RACING FOR THE KIDS FUNDS DONATED MEMORIES MADE AT SPEEDWAY   By Pete McNae The generosity of the Nelson speedway community has seen the Child Cancer Foundation coffers boosted by $2500. The second annual Racing for the Kids meeting was staged by the Nelson Speedway Association in late January and, beyond the cash contribution, families…

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…

November 12, 2017

SIX OF THE BEST IN TEAMS BRAWL THUNDER PLAY HARD TO GET   Written by Pete McNae The school reports for the six drivers in the Tasman Thunder probably read something like: “Does not play well with outsiders, refuses to share, seems to have aggression issues”. That’s assuming a couple of them stayed at school…

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