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Editorial | May 18

Part of our cover this month pays tribute to, without a doubt New Zealand's greatest ever Speedway competitor, Ivan Mauger. Ivan sadly passed away a few days before we went to print for issue 383 and there was no doubt about who to put on the cover. It has been extremely special to see the amount of comments made in regards to Ivan and the impact he had on the
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One Mauger Loss

By Mike Wilson Photos: Bill Meyer Although many of us knew of Ivan's poor health it still came as a shock when we found out the great man had finally lost his long battle with illness on April 16. Mauger was more than just an icon of the sport, but a true pioneer with his undoubted professionalism and determination. Long before many sports psychologists started teaching the importance of visualization
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Western Springs on Death’s Door?

By Matthew Percival Photos: Shot360 Ninety years of speedway history could be gone faster than infield photographers if Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) has its way. The speedway lease is set to end at the conclusion of the 2018/19 season with an uncertain future awaiting. Moves to combine operations with Waikaraka Park have been rejected by promoter Greg Mosen who walked out of negotiations due to the $26 million price tag
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The Grid: 10 things you might’ve missed

It's been another big year for New Zealand competitors racing overseas and towards the end of this season, another driver has added his name to the list. Former North Island Sprintcar Champion Stephen Taylor has competed in five events through South Australia & Victoria in the Trevor Green owned N74. He's had a strong start, winning two heat races, one on debut, and timing well at multiple tracks. Stephen is
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Lonergan Nails A Big One At Last

By Rob Arnold Photos: The Pits Feature photo: Three to four wide Stockcar action at its best After breaking two axles in qualifying it seemed like Gary Lonergan’s weekend was over before it even started. The generous gesture of several Stratford runners to loan him replacement parts, typical of the camaraderie we see in the sport, kept him in the running. The 95a then grabbed a transfer spot in the
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People’s Choice Awards Finalists

The second annual NZ Dirt Track Racing People's Choice awards are well and truely underway and we are now excited to announce our Top 10 Finalists in each category! In its inaugural year in 2017, the People's Choice Awards proved a great success with over 1200 votes received. Nominated competitors were narrowed down to 10 finalists, who battled in out for overall honours. Heading into the 2018 awards, we decided
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Cowboys Outride Cowgirls

By Jody Scott Photos: Go Slideways The KB Cowboys needed all their experience to overhaul the KB Cowgirls, NZ’s first all-female Stock car team at Legends weekend in Palmy on April 14. A brave effort given they led the majority of the race until some sly blocking got the Cowboys home in the final laps - it still wasn’t assured going into the final corner but old skills came to
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Easter in Paradise

By Daniel Neville Photos: Graham Hughes Feature photo: Lift off! For the 98m Superstock of Mark Costello Easter weekend is good for all sorts of things. Chocolate, hot cross buns, four days off work for many, oh and let's not forget speedway. As it does every year the Hickey Contractors Easter Extravaganza at TWS Paradise Valley took place over 2 nights with great racing across all classes and a much
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Dunedin Renaissance with Ricky’s Dual Roles

Photos: TJ Photos The ongoing revival of Beachlands Speedway in Dunedin has been one of the highlights of the season, with packed out events grabbing national attention and attracting rave reviews from high profile competitors. Experienced promoter and racer Ricky Boulton has continued to oversee an impressive improvement both on and off the track, with speedway in Otago reaping the rewards. From the East Coast Sidecar Roundup in November through
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Duff Dominates Series Decider

Words & Photos by Chris Campbell The 2017/18 Hydraulink War of the Wings (WoW) series was settled at Central Motor Speedway on Easter Friday as part of the two day meeting held at the Cromwell track on 30th March and 1st April. Heading into the finale 19c Jamie Duff led by a slim 18 points from 57n Connor Rangi, and throughout the night Duff asserted dominance to extend his advantage