hey hey i couldnt keep outa this one my name is carl i like to stir things up on here lol ;D um i currently driving 11a ministock i am waiting for gary ellis to retire and give me his car ;D um yeah i like speedway ovously and yeah thats pritty much bout me
oh i travel quite abit so youl probly see me round YEAH
Post by Gavin Stowers on Feb 17, 2006 15:50:51 GMT 12
My name is Gavin Stowers. I have generally been known as Gazza by the online speedway community, and more recently as GMS on the Discussion Board.
I was born and raised in Massey, West Auckland, where I guess you are born with petrol in your blood. I was introduced to racing by my next door neighbours who used to go to Western Springs religiously. This was in the day of Barry B, Ted Tracey and visiting stars like Sleepy Tripp, Mel Kenyon and Stan Fox. This was a regular thing for around four or five years, but slowly petered out when I got to my teenage years.
My next involvement in racing was after I moved to Wellington and was invited to something called the Teams Champs in 1999. I at first declined, thinking it was a golf or rugby tournament, but was convinced to attend. A good friend of ours had a brother who was racing and they assured me I would love it.
I was absolutely addicted after watching the first race. I could not believe what I was seeing and I became an instant fan of stockcar racing, and two Wellington drivers – Tony Mac and Wayne Hemi. My intense interest in the sport - and wanting to know more about it – led me to searching the Internet, where I discovered two great websites; Macgor’s New Zealand Speedway, and Nigel Bree’s Kiwi Stockcar Racing Site. The two sites were my main education to the greatest form of motorsport in the world. I then introduced the Gazza persona, who was a passionate Wellington and Wildcats fan, and projected Wellington competitors and supporters as being all that is great. My very first contributions as Gazza were berating the Panthers for not seeming to care about Paul Demanser after the 1999 teams champs final where Scotty Miers rode the wall, hitting the 29p car out of the way to take the win. They were the enemy and had beaten the Wildcats, and Gazza was going to bleat long and loud how bad the Panthers were (OH, how that has come back to bite me in the butt..)
Gazza managed to gain a reputation as being pro-Wellington and very pro-Wildcats, and developed a degree of recognition by speedway fans and competitors alike. I made connections and friends with some amazing people like Yasmin Dolbel (Yaz), Gordon MacDougall (Macgor), Graham Hughes (GH), Phil Gleeson (Mr Bump) and a host of other likeminded people. But the biggest connection I have made by far, is one with a stockcar driver who, in 1999, was never reckoned as being in contention for major championships or title chases. In the 2001-2002 season, that all changed and I have been very fortunate to be involved with this man during a period of time that has seen him rise to become one of the most well-known and successful stockcar drivers in the country. My connections to Wayne Hemi started as a loose association through Gazza and this discussion board.
The fates intervened and I ended up being employed as a Contract Manager by Wayne after dropping out of law school. This allowed me to be even closer to stockcar racing, while still being able to feed my family….
In the eight years that I spent with Wayne at MMS / Masta Blasta, I learned more about running and operating a business - including the highs, lows, risks and rewards - than I could have EVER learned in a dozen business diplomas.
Career prospects within Wayne's company allowed my family and I the opportunity to relocate to the Gold Coast to manage MMS contracts with Gold Coast City Council. The move was an amazing one that has seen all of us grow from strength to strength.
Our working relationship developed into a strong friendship and I rate Wayne as one of an handful of people I call a true friend.
To me Wayne has demonstrated time and again that he is ahead of the game at all stages and that most follow only after he has paved the way.
That continues to this day. The coming introduction of his new Red Waka will be testament to that.
The phenomenon that is 591, Wayne Hemi and The Red Waka has enabled me to have an active hand in the sport, and stay at the 'leading edge' of speedway in New Zealand.
I am currently involved with helping Wayne prepare for the coming 2011/2012 race season. This involves the introduction to the community of his new race car, new website, merchandise, media applications and associated duties.
Wot a good idea this thread is. Well, my name is Wayne, i'm 26 years old and i love stockcars! I'm a Gizzy boy but have been living in the big AK for the past 4 years where i work as a mechanic. I've been a long time reader on this site but have only recently become a member.
I've been going to speedway for as long as i can remember, my dad raced saloons in the late 70's/ early 80's. When i was 3years old dad was taking his car to the track and i wanted to go too but mum wasnt going so there wouldnt have been anyone to look after me, and i remember taking off after him and got almost three blocks from home before mum realised i had disappeared. Boy did i get a mean kick up the backside!
As far as my racing career goes, i've raced production saloons for 3 seasons, and have done about a dozen derbys. Apart from that I've been pitcrew for my bro in laws stockcar whenever i go back home, or if he's racing up these ways. (although hes taken this season off to give the car a rebuild)
Anyway, thanks for reading and its good to meet you all. See yall at the track
hey all pritz here the name is Craig Patrick was driving super stock 97R this season until i blew the ford up now we are slapping a toy motor in it been going to speedway since i was a baby crewing on stockcars for a few seasons and then on a superstock then had 2 seasons in a ministock and 2 in a production saloon saved all my money and went superstock racing for less than 20,000 not bad for a 20yrs old aye anyway cher cher
p.s anyone who would like to help a young driver pm me all help needed and welcome thanks
Hey, Matt Hazelton here. Speedway has been in the family since I was knee high to a grasshopper, yes I remember us kids being dragged over to the old baypark track and coming home over the kaimais when the farmers were getting up to milk the cows, clubrooms musta gone through a lotta beer in them days. Only just decided to get into the sport myself last season, and attempting to drive that car on the left, and also trying to keep my production saloon away from the concrete. My brother is turtle for you stockcar guys lol
heya all,my names Bruce Mcintosh,from christchurch,age 41,long time valiant streetstock driver,starting in invercargill 1987,mk 4 zephyr no 256,purchasing my first valiant,no 57i,a red and yellow ap5,off graham eyles,they were retiring,lucky devils! have retained the no 57 all the way thru.iI was greatly influenced in those early days by bad boy Stevie Dryden,Mike Verdona,Alan parkill,Terry Hall,and big bad Bob Burgess,the latter whose car i still campaign today,x 77c.these guys stand out,in my opinion,as the real hard chargers of the 8o,s. Of course,this was a fun time to race streetstocks,as officials werent as quick to redlight a race for anything,you could do almost anything,and cars could even roll,and basically carry on in a champs,aye tubby!!! Love all speedway forms,stockcars,mods,sprints etc,and love the goodsportsmanship,and friendships struck with other drivers,staying away at other venues etc. Im a tru blu ford fan,having owned numerous fairlanes,falcon gt,s,mustangs etc,and currently still own 3 falcon gt sedans. sadly,due to work commitments,i cannot race full time,so i must be a part timer! most people understand this,so its good. still like being bashed about,so a stockcar,or falcon streetstock,would be likely in future. regards, bruce mc.
giday.. my name is NEIL and i have followed speedway since the horse and cart days of forest lake....(what memories the simple old era had) now residing in west akl,,,following mainly whatever the budget allows,,,but am left concerned about what will happen to the history of our tracks if the tree huggers get their way... i go to the akl teams every year and am amazed what punishment the drivers take..and find it amazing that they come back for more...
Hi all i'm Glenn Rowlands and im 21+GST(37), Ive been going to speedway since i dont know when, started going to Stratford growing up in the Naki and when the family moved to the Bay of Plenty shuffled between Paradise valley and the old Baypark, Left school and moved back to Taranaki heading back to the Stratford track, Then decided to join the Navy and spent 16 years in Auckland going to Waikaraka Park (didnt go to western springs,only for concerts), then me and my then partner decided to shift to Nelson (her family was there) and then ended up going to Nelson Speedway, got my 1st streetie in Nelson for free but sat out the season waiting for my transmitter to turn up from SNZ, Me and my partner split (with a bit of help from 1 of Dennis Andresseands pitcrew, thanks aidan , paybacks are a bi*ch), So then moved over to Blenheim and raced the freebie valiant, killed it last easter champs at nelson then bought 13n streetie, had a chance to buy 58w stockcar so grabbed it and thats where i'm at today no more 69e streetie but 58e stockcar, oh work as a hydraulic technician for Pirtek ;D
Post by Scott Williams on Feb 17, 2006 20:43:32 GMT 12
Hi all,my name is Scott Cameron,53 yrs old,live in West Auckland,own and operate G T Race Panels.Have been going to the springs and waikaraka for about 20 yrs.Crewed for Steve Williams for 4 yrs,freelanced for a couple more at waikaraka then started crewing for Doug Torret 6a.At 48 decided to get my own car and have some fun.Bought a roller that turned out to be a LEMON and then bought Chris Tomblesons old Monza.Turned it into a convertable and 18 months later came out as a corvette.Did 3 meetings at end of03/04 season then had year off to get health sorted out(diagnosed with cancer and we are fighting it,stable at the moment)Back into it this year and doing as many meetings as possible at Waikaraka and Huntly to get expereance and plan to travel more next year.Business wise,have sponsored the ALLSTARS,Darcy Hunter,Neil Mc Coard and numerous others and for the last 2 years the WAIKATO WANDERERS.Have backed off a bit as I am now running my own car and HAVING FUN ;D
My name is Gavin, 24 (or 25) i cant remember, been around speedway for as long as i can remember, pit crew on a grade saloons 18T and 61c,
Studed and have a degree in Landscape Archicture, at lincoln Uni, after i finished that I headed to the US where i am currently at the moment, working as a site forman in high end residential landscapes (50-250k each) , i mainly install the hardscaping (patios, paths built in grills, stone walls ect ect)
Im moving back to NZ this Dec plan to fly out from LA on the 17th, be back in NZ on the 19th
I currently maintain the website for Cromwell Speedway and also a few Cromwell drivers ones as well (not to mention a few more from this way) tought myself how to build those, as well as other programes i use (autocad, photoshop, illustrator ect)
I'm really Graeme Mead (45) the Mintie bit came via the sponsorship I had when I raced a streetstock, and still is with me now as a sponsorship. My first involvement with speedway was via Ian Quayle (my cousin) and his TQ out of Kihikihi in the 1970's. Peter Lawton from Hamilton got me involved in racing and sponsored me into my own car. The ex Momech Falcon out of Auckland. A total Ford V8 fan and as biased as you want me to be. I'm a qualified automotive engineer, and have a degree in retail management. I fell in commentary 4 years ago when Huntly needed a hand and the racing career finished 2 years ago, because of that and becuase the wife sold the car. I am currently the Operations Manager of Waikato Motor Group and live at the beach in Raglan. I also have involvement as a crew member of the Dean Sumner ITM NZ Championship Rally team out of Rotorua and work at the drags from time to time.
Post by ~HUGGIES34P~ on Feb 18, 2006 8:16:43 GMT 12
hae mi names jay and ive been sober for 3 maonths. lol. na just joking.
hi names jay holtham. i race in youth ministocks but go up into adults next yea. my dad got me into the sport. hje used to race stockcars befor i was born and he was ther manager for the old baypark busters. he used to race go karts and iv benn brought up with them as well. i love the f1 the v8supercars and speedway. spent most of my time growing up in tauranga. well staying there not growing up. lol. but if any 1 wonts to chat or take the piss out of me for my driving
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Hi all, my name is Josh Boulton I am 29yrs young and I have been in speedway for as long as I can remember. Started watching at Blenheims Eastern States and then moved to Dunedin. My two older brothers started racing first then my Dad in Super Saloons then finally I got the bug and had a go. Currently have missed most this season with a broken leg but still go with pop and help where I can. I love racing super saloons and am trying my hand a modifieds also (I hope!). I am self employed and have a strong belief in family. I am contracted to Central Motor Speedway and also race out of Dunedin and Christchurch a lot. My favorite track would be Blenheim. Cheers
Hi everyone, my name is Shanin im 24. I have only been involved in speedway for the past 4 or so years and totally love it. We can usually be seen at Te Marua (home track), but like to get around most tracks every season. We travel up to the Bay of Plenty at least once a month, so usually choose between Rotovegas and Bay Park to attend when up there.
Paul is orginally from Stratford. His Mother and Father were both original members of the Stratford Speedway Club for many years, so its great we both enjoy the sport and have that in common.
We have both never raced ourselves but plan to in the future. Owned a streetstock but never did anything with it, then it was sold without us even knowing about it. Glad to see the person who has got it now has done something with it. Maybe he will sell it back to me one day!
I work for the TAB, where I have been for over 10 years now. I love the fact we offer odds on Speedway, it gives me something to look forward to! (there is certainly not enough of it tho). I am the person who gets all the mistakes changed when the boys get it wrong, which unfortunately is a common occurance.
Post by MaRISSA Gough on Feb 18, 2006 10:56:24 GMT 12
Hi Im Marissa aka Rissa and im nearly 30 Have been involved in Racing for as long as I can remember. You will usally find me at AK but you can hear me before you see me. Very loud speedway supporter and proud.
Loud and Proud Auckland Supporter who nows plays lawn bowls