GET BEHIND THE WHEEL

FIVE BUCKS FOR A TONNE OF FUN

 

Tickets are still on sale for the most fun you can have with your clothes on — an all expenses covered drive in The Hits demolition derby on January 27.

Thanks to Jacks Tyres, the Nelson Speedway Association and ProKarts junior members club, a Toyota has been prepared for the derby on Saturday week at the Milestone Homes Top of the South Speedway. After being painted by the junior members, the car has been stripped out (glass and upholstery must be removed), there’s a bar behind the driver’s seat for safety and the doors have been chained up. The little liftback is ready to be wrecked — it just needs a driver.

The Toyota has been put together as part of the Nelson club’s Racing for the Kids night, when speedway raises funds for the Child Cancer Foundation. Proceeds from the raffle will go to the charity, which assists families of children who have, or have had, cancer. Last season was the Nelson speedway’s first association with CCF and was typical of the club’s desire to engage with the wider Nelson community, not just members of the racing public.

The car, which was sourced and supplied by the team at Jacks Tyres, will be at the track next Saturday, ready to perform, while race gear will be provided and the club will cover the cost of a day licence and removal of the wreck. All the lucky raffle winner has to do is turn up, attend a driver’s briefing, and smash the sacrificial saloon.

Kaitlin Windleborn, coordinator of the ProKarts Junior Members club said: “The junior members will be excited to see something they have contributed to out on the track.

“It was organised so that the kids could have a fun new experience painting a car and it is getting raffled off to the public with all the proceeds going towards the Child Cancer Foundation.”

Raffle tickets are just $5 each although a book for $25 enhances your chances and channels more funds towards the CCF. Tickets are available from Jacks Tyres (Three Brothers Corner, Richmond), Nelson Automotive Solutions (Main Rd, Hope), Watson Automotive (Quarantine Rd, Annesbrook) or by contacting the Nelson club through the official Nelson Speedway Association Inc Facebook page.

Wanna-be derby drivers are urged to get their entries for the event in — currently numbers need a bit of a boost for what is one of the more family-friendly elements of the Nelson calendar. Entry forms¬† and derby car specifications are available in the downloads section at www.nelsonspeedway.co.nz

Meanwhile, association secretary Shara Higgins says other initiatives are underway to support Racing for the Kids. Some of those will be detailed next week but watch out for a couple of auctions for speedway packs (T shirts and other souvenir items) that will appear on the official Facebook page over the weekend.

The derby car raffle will be drawn on Wednesday, January 24 so Higgins urges anyone who wants to support a cause and smash a Toyota to part with a few fivers and get their tickets. And, derby drivers, get those entries in — the Child Cancer Foundation appreciates your efforts.