Wednesday, January 25


Words: Todd Sutherland

Sunday February 5 (rain day the 6th) the crew at Waikaraka Park in the Auckland suburb of Onehunga are running a open day for kids.

Rosebank Speedway club is putting on a couple of bikes. These are DRZ125 powered machines in a properly built speedway frame. I'm not sure on the cost right now but if there is a charge it is unlikely to be more than $15 and you are bound to enjoy yourself. There is a sausage sizzle and it is free to watch kids do a quarter midget demonstration race.

Speedway has to be the most underrated motorcycle sport around. With thousands of kids (parents)exposed to the high costs of riding motocross it's a wonder that more people haven't turned to speedway. Tracks are close to literally hundreds of thousands of us, it's cheap and the skills learnt are useful to all forms of vehicle use. After years of Kiwi's dominating the world scene we obviously get the chance to see a World Championship GP on 31 March so perhaps that will turn a generation to the thrills of speedway?

For something different there is also the chance to drive the (Honda XR200 powered) quarter midget! Designed for 8-15 year old this could be just the ticket for those looking ahead to when their kids start to drive on the road. There is a charge of $50 for at least a half dozen laps of the track. Contact for this is Brian 027 2969314