GIVING IT HUNDY AND FIDDY

INJECTION OF ENERGY FOR STREETSTOCKS

Written by Pete McNae

It might give mathematicians a migraine but over in Team Hundy and Fiddy Racing’s pit, 100 per cent isn’t enough. Not by any measure. Over there, they do things a hundy, plus another fiddy, for the impressive total of 150 per cent.

And it’s not just a slogan. Spend any time with Hundy (Nelson streetstock driver Kyle Davies), his younger brother Fiddy (fellow streetie Kieran Davies) and team manager, social media guru, class rep, whip cracker and ass kicker  Zoe Goodwin and you’ll realise that 150 per cent is a conservative estimate. The trio, with their corps of supporters, sponsors and spanner turners, have stormed onto the scene in the streetstock ranks at the Milestone Homes Top of the South Speedway, creating quite an impression in one and a bit seasons in the sport.

The Davies brothers grew up in Takaka and used to cross the hill with family for fireworks nights and derby meetings at the Nelson track. Hundy (for the purposes of this piece, Kyle and Kieran will be known by their alter egos) figured the best way to get involved was to run a race car, especially after watching Zoe’s younger brother, Jonti Austin, race his youth ministock. The 24-year-old apprentice mechanic at Route 6 Automotive in Richmond might have voiced that thought out loud in the presence of Nelson streetstock racer Bradley Evans, who runs the business next door, and Hundy was strapped into an Evans Falcon for a test run at the start of last season. He was hooked, the deal was done and 23N ran under the Hundy Racing banner last season.

Why Hundy? “It’s an old nickname from many years of playing rugby, whether it was training or games or in the clubrooms, I always went hundy (100 per cent) and it stuck. But it sort of sums up how I think life should be — anything you start, you give it hundies or you go home.”

In the off-season, the team was extended when 23-year-old Fiddy, a sandblaster working for Brook’s Auto Painters, joined the team in another Falcon, purchased from a Christchurch competitor. He’s completed his first three meetings and just come off the mentor programme in time for this Saturday’s IHC Charity Shop South Island Streetstock Championship, meeting No 4 in the Nelson Speedway Association’s summer calendar. Both boys have entered a field that currently sits in the 30s.

With his extra experience, Hundy has a couple more sashes in the trophy room, notably a first place finish with team-mate Ryan Musgrove in this season’s best pairs, but running in such a big, quality field on Saturday will be an eye-opener. “It’ll be good to be out there in a big field,” Hundy says. “I’ve raced against a few of the Canterbury cars already but not in anything like the size of the field or the quality we will have at the weekend.”

He’s not intimidated though. “I chose streetstocks for a couple of reasons … you can race them without needing an arm and a leg to keep them going each week and it’s a class that hits, which is the attraction. You hit and you expect to be hit, that’s all part and parcel.”

Fiddy is on the same page. “I didn’t want to go round a race track without hitting things,” he says. “I’m not out there to wreck people’s gear because I know how much time and effort is needed to put a car on the track but contact happens, even when you don’t go looking for it.”

Fiddy’s presence on the team this season is a big part of why H & F Racing has ramped up its presence in the pits and on social media this season. As a toddler in Takaka, he became seriously ill and was flown to Nelson with 20 minutes to live. The flight took 17 of those 20 and it was touch and go for three days before the 17-month-old pulled through. But the ailment damaged his pancreas and Fiddy has been a Type 1 diabetic ever since. That means self-administered insulin injections at breakfast time, smoko, lunch time and dinner — more if he feels his energy levels fading. But that’s not held him back … both he and Hundy play rugby for Wanderers and have got into their speedway, 150 per cent.

“One thing we can do, and Zoe pushed this, is raise awareness through our racing,” Fiddy says. “She knew of another team supporting a charity and did all the work to contact Diabetes Youth Nelson and align the team with them. We have been fundraising through our 50:50 raffle and the Cookie Time cookie tins and we have done a few visits with kids in hospital and what not.”

Hundy says the connection with kids works both ways. “We love it, the Santa parade and getting kids in the cars and doing the visits — the smiles and chat are unreal and I see it as guaranteeing the future of speedway. You have the families that have been involved for a lot of years but we are trying to reach out to the kids a bit like me who weren’t already part of the sport but thought the drivers were bloody heroes.”

Zoe tells of three young diabetic girls who are dancers, seriously into their ballet. Thanks to H&F, their first love now is speedway and their parents are under strict instructions to make sure they don’t miss a Nelson meeting. They’ve also stressed that there’s nothing youngsters with the condition should shy away from.

“We tell them they can be what they want to be, look at Fiddy,” Zoe says. “He’s aware of his energy levels and he stays one step ahead and there he is playing rugby, working big hours and racing his streetie, going hundy and fiddy.”

Both boys would like to have a crack at stockcars, if and when finances allow but for now, they are happy in a Nelson streetstock class that is closeknit and supportive. There’s a competitive rivalry but grudges are sorted out on the track and the atmosphere in the pits is positive, with three or four more cars expected to join the class next season.

The Davies family are big Holden lovers but both race Fords. Hundy has a readymade answer … “We are a Holden-bred family so we don’t mind destroying a Ford!” He has a 1972 Statesman in the shed (which will never see race duty) while Fiddy collects Kingswoods. It’s helped them get their head around the maintenance required to keep two streeties on the track. “I wish I knew more about carburetors,” Hundy says, “you don’t come across many at work these days.” He adds that his weekly routine is work, come home, spend hours in the shed (the 26N car is undergoing a few design changes), fall into bed at 11 and get up for work the next day.

But there will always be time and energy for the kids and their charity work. The first 50:50 raffle at the track plus another fundraiser Zoe put together returned $1600 for Diabetes Youth’s family camp and the team has a couple more raffles to come, along with the cookie promotion with all money going to the cause. Super saloon driver Shane Carey is another Type 1 diabetic and the 12N Carey Racing team have aligned themselves with Hundy, Fiddy and Zoe’s efforts.

“We’ve built that profile on Facebook and by getting into every event we can but it works both ways, we have had amazing support from Nelson Speedway,” Zoe says. “They have been incredibly welcoming and positive about what we are trying to do and maybe we are helping them by raising the profile and taking the sport into places it doesn’t usually reach.

“That’s the Hundy and Fiddy motto — no half measures, plenty of passion, go hundy AND fiddy or go home.”

H & F Racing’s 2018-2019 causes, sponsors and supporters are:  Diabetes NZ, Diabetes Youth (Nelson), Marc Ryan, Bradley Evans. Richmond Exhaust and Radiator Specialists, Route 6 Automotive, Brook’s Auto Painters, DesignArt, Vinyl Creations Nelson, Mr Vintage, Carey Racing, Arlington Motors Wellington, Action Centre.  Pit crew: Zoe – Team Manager, Debbie – Mama 1, Paul – Dad, Lisa – Mama 2, Rams, Shade, Rebecca – BM Photography, Jason – Speednut.

  • Saturday’s other feature from 6pm sees what might be the only teams race at the Milestone Homes Top of the South Speedway this season when the Tasman Thunder host Greymouth’s Grizzlies. The Tasman Thunder team will be 81N Keightley Teece (captain), 82N Dylan Clarke, 83N Levi Collier, 85N John Everett, 86N Hamish Carter. The Thunder are backed by Dean’s Truck Services, BNT Richmond, Richmond Fibreglass Ltd, Image Creators, Nelson Speedway Association and Supercharge Batteries. The Grizzlies are bringing 37GM Logan Tomlin, 38GM Tony Stanton, 39GM Dave Houston Jnr, 46GM Josh Neilson, 191GM Dylan Robb.
  • Other classes on the programme include; stockcars (open club champs), superstocks (open club champs), production saloons (Trackman Trophy) and youth ministocks. The superstock ranks are expected to include an appearance by former Nelson favourite Nick Fowler, who has plans for a short-term return for the New Zealand championship in Christchurch next month. Depending on the final entry, the IHC Charity Shop SI Streetstocks is likely to require four qualifying heats (two groups of two, reverse grid) before the three finals heats. If numbers fall by Saturday, it will be straight into the finals races.

 

 

Pit photo: Rebecca Connor Maling, BM Photography

Track photos: Tom Laney, www.imagepress.co.nz