Super Stock driver Alex Hill, 95N, in action at the Milestone Homes Top of the South Speedway during its opening night on Saturday. Photo: Tom Laney/Imagepress.

50 years of speedway celebrated

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The sun shone on Milestone Homes Top of the South Speedway as they celebrated their 50th anniversary over Labour Weekend.

The opening meeting of the season highlighted a few former NZ champions making the start line, local Shane Harwood and Kihikihi’s Jared Wade featuring in the Super Stock grade, Simon Bland, Rob Flood and current T.Q. champion Jeremy Webb amongst some of the visiting drivers competing on the night.

The Trackman Trophies were up for grabs in all grades, with a good number back in the hands of defending champions; Alex Hill –Super Stocks, Jeremy Webb – T.Q., Keightley Teece – Stock Car and the Side Car pairing Adie Drake and Kieran Satherley all defending their titles.

New winners were Ashton Osborne in Youth Ministocks, Simon Bland in Street Stocks and Shane Carey in Super Saloons. The John Pomeroy Cup for driver of the night also went to Shane Carey, but it was an expensive win with his engine expiring shortly after his feature win.

The Classic Stock cars turned back the time with a few of the models that have been raced over the past 50 years, Pete and Rob Anglesey racing two local cars from yesteryear. It was a great way to celebrate the racing, the big crowd enjoying some close battles with results only being decided on the final laps.

A full clubroom of past and present members was on hand to celebrate the wins before a formal dinner held on Sunday.

The next meeting is on November 3 with the annual Coca-Cola fireworks display.