Fireworks and family fun mark start of speedway season

Image caption: Huntly Speedway vice president Fiona Wallbank, left, committee member Allan Powell and caretaker Max MacLaren are part of the busy team working hard before the season starts on November 4.

This year's Huntly Speedway season opening night is set to be a "bigger and better" experience for crowds. 

While last season's racing ended in April, it's been all go to organise the event set for November 4. 

With eight core committee members who hail from as far as Auckland and Rotorua, the team plans each season two years out. 

Vice president Fiona Wallbank said the opening night complete with racing across a variety of classes and major fireworks display would amaze the crowd.

"It will be bigger and better than last year," she said.

Wallbank always looks forward to the crowd's reaction to the display. 

"It's so cool being on the other side listening to all the 'oohs' and 'aahs'."

But because it's so popular, Wallbank said it's best for spectators to arrive early with the gates opening at 3pm ahead of the event kick off at 7pm. 

Committee member Allan Powell said the fireworks display attracted 'newbies' but the racing tends to hook people in to keep them coming back.

He said it's also  family-friendly, allowing people of all ages to enjoy the show.

"Bring your blanket, bring your family and enjoy a family night out."

It's a real community effort with the Lions group co-ordinating parking and clean up the next day.

"Tim Foy, he's here at 7 every Sunday morning organising all the crew."

There are also reps who organise the drivers - many of those have been parents of drivers or drivers themselves. 

The night is just the start of a season jam-packed with plenty of exciting races. 

A rain postponement date is set for November 11.

 - Stuff


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