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The roar of engines, the smell of burning fuel and the adrenaline of intense competition; the sport of speedway offers something for the most competitive drivers through to seasoned professionals and youngsters wanting to get a start in the sport.
On the doorstep of Waikato is the iconic Huntly Speedway, home to hundreds of passionate drivers ranging in age from 10 upwards. This year’s season kicks off on November 5 with a fireworks spectacular.
Speedway NZ oversees 24 tracks nationwide, racing a mix of 24 different speedway classes from about October through to May.
There is something for everyone, from the high powered and glamorous superstocks, super saloons and sprint cars, through to the classes based on a road-going vehicle, such as mini stocks and production saloons.
In total, there are around 2600 competitors throughout the country, ranging from five to 70 years of age.
Around 450-500 first year drivers start out every season, a high proportion in the stock car, mini stock, street stock and production saloon classes.
However nearly every class has “rookie” drivers each season, so get out there and give it a go!
Most speedways provide as much variety as they can, be it pure speedway with thoroughbred motorcycles, midget and sprint cars, powerful saloons and modifieds or the mighty stockcars, all have a place and support each other.
Each race section has its own New Zealand title, Grand Prix and North and South Island title allocated every season.
When provincial and track championships are also authorised there are endless opportunities for every kind of association and sponsorship.
The Huntly PlaceMakers Speedway track is 380 metres long. The track is around 15metres wide which is enough to provide 2-3 wide racing. The fastest man ever to be clocked around the Huntly PlaceMakers Speedway is Ricky Logan who drove the Lucas Oils 10a Sprint car to a 12.27sec lap in 2011. Countless drivers from around NZ have opinionated the Huntly track with most describing it as one of the best tracks in NZ. Saloon driver Geoff Webb once said “The Huntly track teaches you how to pass.”Check out the Huntly Speedway events calendar here