“I can’t think of a more meaningful thank you to our hardworking volunteers or recognition of the support by our mostly Central Otago based sponsors than for Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway to have been awarded the prestigious Event of the Year for the Civil Construction 2019 NZ Sprintcar Title. It will take pride of place in the club’s trophy cabinet,” said Club President Andy Erskine on his return from the annual Speedway NZ Conference held last weekend in Auckland’s Trusts Arena.
“A special vote of thanks also goes to Paul Horrell, owner of Queenstown-based Civil Construction, for his leap of faith in agreeing to be the Title principal sponsor. We also give big thanks to drivers, teams, officials, the media and everyone else who contributed to making February 1 and 2 such an amazing success.”
Told of the Speedway NZ Event of the Year going to Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway, Paul Horrell said he was pleased for the club and especially for what the award would mean to volunteers whose contribution, more often than not behind the scenes, made the 2019 NZ Sprintcar Title such a success.
“With 21 speedway clubs in the hunt for this award, winning is a huge achievement and a timely reminder of just how much of a family entertainment and business asset Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway is for Central Otago,” said Andy. “It’s no exaggeration to claim that each season the speedway brings millions of dollars into the region, and even when the holidaymakers return home, population growth, especially in Cromwell, Wanaka and Queenstown, is bringing big crowds of locals through the gates for ‘Central Otago’s Fastest Family Show on Earth.’
“Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway further made its presence felt at the national level with Josh Buchanan winning the 2019 Six Shooter Competitor of the Year and long-time club stalwart Daniel Anderson collecting the 2019 Sprintcar Competitor of the Year on behalf of Buddy Kofoid, the 17-year-old sensation he brought out from the States to compete as a Central Motor Speedway ‘t’ driver in a number of sprintcar championships.
“We know some were a bit miffed at a visiting American winning the 2019 Sprintcar Title, but there’s no arguing that not only was Buddy one of the most exciting drivers to ever scorch the Cromwell clay, his presence raised the bar for other competitors to drive faster and harder. Daniel did let slip that Buddy could be making a return. Here’s hoping.”
Andy, who was accompanied by Vice President Andy Reddy and committee member, Whetu Taewa, said that having made the final four of the 2019 Promotional Event of the Year, the club was hopeful the Daryl Ainsley Memorial Meeting held in March would take the award. Unfortunately that was not to be.
Bigger, Better 2019-20 Season
Someone who won’t be resting on the laurels of an award winning 2018-19 season is Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway Promoter, Jason Scott. He’s promising an even bigger and better 2019-20 season with lots of razzamatazz, fun attractions such as the NZ Burnout Champs, and changes to the way racing is run to make the action even more adrenalin pumping.
“The season starts on September 28 with speedway cars participating in the Blossom Festival Parade followed at 4pm by a burnout competition at the speedway in Cromwell’s Sandflat Road,” explains Jason. “Our annual Bathurst Funday is October 13. A neat opportunity for groups of friends who may never have raced to buy an old clunker Commodore, Falcon or other brand and get out on the track.
“October 26 is our season opener meeting where, if all goes to plan, spectators will get to see round one of the newly formed Southern Sprintcar Series. Setting this series apart from others, races are started in reverse order with the fastest at the rear of the grid. Having to work their way up brings a whole new dimension of heart-stopping excitement.
“We have two meetings in November, followed by our always popular Christmas and New Year’s Day meetings and then on January 11 we celebrate the 70th birthday of ‘t’ driver, and boss of Heavy Trax Hire, Ray Stewart with a 70 lap race for super saloons. We understand this will be most laps for any dirt track race held in New Zealand and will require pit stops and team strategy.
“February’s calendar has three major events that include the NZ Burnout Champs and Mag & Turbo Super Cup. The Daryl Ainsley Memorial Meeting is on March 20 and 21 with the season ending on Easter Sunday with the always popular annual Demolition Derby."