By Allan Powell
Finally the club got to run its opening meeting for the 2017 and 2018 season. Last weekend the original opening date of Saturday 4th November had to be postponed due to heavy rain on that morning which meant a no show for racing. The event was transfered over to last Saturday night, but it was a gray cloudy day and a cool southerly wind. This didn’t deter thousands of fans to come out and watch the racing plus the fireworks spectacular show. Lots and lots of families braved the cold to see this special and different show at Huntly Placemakers speedway.The fans didn’t know that this time the fireworks show had been choreographed to 4 great songs starting with Gimme a little love by ZZ Tops followed by Fireworks, Katie Perry, Sweet Charlotte, Guns and Roses and finishing off with Thunderstruck, ACDC. The music was all synced together to the huge bangs on the infield and the bigger star shells outside of the stadium. The crowd thought this concept was just awesome to watch for it`s 12 minute duration. Bring on next season who knows what Huntly PlaceMakers Speedway will have in store for the fans.
Added to this night was 6 classes racing in their new speedway cars. Standout drivers throughout the night were Scott Redfern, Jared Wade and Tyson Wootton in the Superstocks. Brad Lane, Jamie Fox and Mike Williams in the Modifieds. Geoff Webb, Peter Church and Craig Marsh in the Saloons, Peter Craddick and Wayne Warrender in the Production Saloons, Brad Philpot, Ali Van Amsterdam and Nevin Shrubb in the Stockcars. Connor Van Lieshout, Stuart Henderson and Dylan Ashton in the Ministocks.
This coming weekend on the Friday and Saturday night will be the Stockcar teams invitation meeting. Eight stockcar teams from throughout the North Island will converge on Huntly PlaceMakers Speedway for this well sort after trophy. Run over the 2 nights with qualifying on the Friday and the teams finals on the Saturday night. The teams are Stratford Stormers, Rotorua Rascals, Baypark Bulldogs, Palmerston Pumas, Kihikihi Crusaders, North Island Select and the home team Waikato Raiders wanting to take the win for the club. Auckland Alleycats will be back to defend their win of the trophy in 2016. This will no doubt be a tough weekend for all the teams. On the Saturday night will also be the Waikato Midget champs with visiting American driver Zach Daum and some big names of the New Zealand drivers.
This will be a not to miss weekend so check the website www.huntlyspeedway.co.nz with the gate prices both nights and gates open at 4pm with dirt flys at 7pm both nights.