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January 28, 2018

RACING FOR THE KIDS A BIG HIT THE LADA LAUGHS LAST By Pete McNae For decades, Ladas have been the butt of car jokes. You know the sort. What do you call a convertible Lada? A skip. Or man goes into a car dealership and says, “Can I have a hub cap for my Lada?”…

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…

November 29, 2017

THE PANTHERS ARE COMING TIGERS HOPING TO EARN STRIPES   Written by Pete McNae The Tigers versus the Panthers … it’s rivalry, it’s respect and it’s on this Saturday.  Two of the historical hubs of superstock racing – Nelson and Palmerston North – square off for the Challenge Cup in one of the most-anticipated meetings…

April 15, 2017

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER SCENE SET FOR SUNDAY FINISH Written by Pete McNae We had Good Friday, but Saturday was better because, 24 hours after it was meant to happen, the Nelson Speedway Association got to complete day one of its Easter Extravaganza. The foul weather that whipped cross-country on Wednesday and Thursday forced a…

April 15, 2017

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER SCENE SET FOR SUNDAY FINISH Written by Pete McNae   We had Good Friday, but Saturday was better because, 24 hours after it was meant to happen, the Nelson Speedway Association got to complete day one of its Easter Extravaganza. The foul weather that whipped cross-country on Wednesday and Thursday forced…

April 14, 2017

CARPARK/PITS UNDER WATER EASTER MEETING DELAYED BY 24 HOURS   The Nelson Speedway Association have been forced to call off tonight’s Easter Extravaganza meeting. Racing will move back one day with a 4pm start tomorrow (Saturday) and 4pm Sunday. Both race programmes will run in full, but delayed by a day. The wet weather that…

March 25, 2017

SMASHFEST AT EASTER It’s another gloomy Saturday for speedway fans as the Nelson Speedway Association has been forced to cancel tonight’s meeting. Light rain fell this morning and it grew more steady from 3.30pm but there were severe weather watch warnings issued for the hills west of Nelson and, with the expectation that the track…

March 22, 2017

TWO MORE FOR THE MANTELPIECE I’M JUST A TEENAGE DIRT LAD   Written by: Pete McNae Brayden Nell is 14 and living the dream. Okay, perhaps some 14-year-old lads have different dreams but for a hardcore speedway family like the Nells, winning races at home and away rates pretty highly. Brayden, a third-season driver who…