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Obituary: Mark 'Jacko' Jackson

On Friday, March 12, Mark ‘Jacko’ Jackson was unexpectedly taken from his family, the Cromwell and wider community, Central Otago horticulture and Central Motor Speedway. Like so many who volunteer their time and expertise in speedway pits, Jacko largely flew under the radar. But as Jason Scott and fellow drivers will tell you, crew are crucial to winning. Close friends since their early 20’s and on his crew from the day Jason gave up jetboat marathon racing for sprint cars in 2011, Jason, long-time crew member Blair Payne and more recent member, Gary ‘Pricey’ Price, say they are still stunned over the loss of this ‘damn good bloke’ with the ready smile, warm welcome and positive, can-do attitude.

On behalf of drivers, crews and speedway fans, the Central Motor Speedway Club extends heartfelt condolences to Jacko’s two sons, Matthew and Mitchell, partner Juli, his father Kevin, mother Jane, their partners Julie and Don, his sister Kristin and nephew Jackson, and to all his relatives, friends, business colleagues and staff at Jackson Orchards.

A service to celebrate Jacko’s life will be held on Wednesday, March 31 at 1.00pm in the Harvest Hotel Conference Centre at The Gate, Cromwell. The service will also be live streamed to The Gate’s Five Stags Bar & Restaurant and Forage Café.

Messages of condolence can be sent to Jackson Orchards, 60 Luggate – Cromwell Road, State Highway 6, RD 2, Cromwell.


20/21 Season Gate Prices

Free: -- Up to 5 years of age. 

$10: -- 6-15 years of age.

$25: -- Adults

$20: -- Pensioners (you may be asked to show your Gold Card)

$50: -- Family Pass $50 (2 adults and up to 3 children 6-15 years of age).


Autumn is here... so stock up now for Winter 2021 with dry oregon firewood. Central Motor Speedway Club Fundraiser Firewood


To arrange pick up at the track or delivery throughout Cromwell Basin contact Whetu on 027 485 6302



Central Otago's Fastest Family Show On Earth
Just through the Gibbston Valley/Kawarau Gorge from Queenstown and Arrowtown, less than half an hour from Wanaka, only a short drive from Alexandra and Clyde, and on the outskirts of Cromwell, Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway is in Sandflat Road, off State Highway 6. One of only three Division 1 speedway tracks in the southern region, Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway is now even easier to find, being right nextdoor to Highlands Motorsport Park. Together we're contributing to making Cromwell and Central Otago 'motorsport central!'

Central Motor Speedway is a not-for-profit community asset for the whole of Central Otago and as such we take our community responsibilities seriously. Part of this is to create a safe, family entertainment environment and to actively encourage involvement and participation by the region's youth and young adults. We also provide financial donations to community groups/clubs through their helping us on race days.

Sponsors are crucial to enabling us to bring you 'Central Otago's Fastest Family Show on Earth'. Our sincere appreciation goes to Heavy Trax Hire for agreeing to be main sponsor for a fourth season in a row. We also thank all businesses who have already or are intending to become gate, meeting and track side sponsors for the 2020/21 season. 





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