The promised dirt spitting and fender bending speedway action happened in sunny clear skies at Taipa Speedway's New Year race meet on December 29.
Large numbers of spectators were awarded great speedway action throughout the day on a terrific, three-day rolled and watered track prepared by Taipa's Bruce Mallindine.
The demolition teams turned their push-'n-shove exploits up to the max from the very first race and ended the day with a spectacular rollover in the third round.
Bill Duval spun and pushed Cliff Larkin into an impressive turnover that resulted in an oil smoke, billowing fire that was quickly doused by the Taupo Bay First Response Unit who are always on hand for this type of speedway incident.
Flea McKay's front-wheel-drive Honda surprisingly won all three demolition teams races for the day.
Kaikohe's Keith Wilson brought his new ex-Martin Halcrow Super Saloon out to play for the first time and was up against the successful Northland Super Saloon veteran, Ray Jordan.
Wilson will be a force to be reckoned with in the near future.
Recently crowned Northland Saloon Champion Roy Walker won the first two saloon rounds of the day against tough opposition from Darren Emm and Ray Dare.
Men's production saloons saw the return of the Steve Hannon Honda VTEC Integra in the hands of Daniel DeWaal.
DeWaal handled the car superbly and gave New Zealand champion Rex Roycroft's Nissan Skyline a real challenge.
DeWaal won the first round and after some rubbin'-is-racin' in the second round, Roycroft won the last battle of the day.
Kaikohe's Mike James found the track to his liking in round one and held off Taipa's Roger Frear in the B Grade Saloons.
Frear challenged for the lead and won rounds two and three.
Melissa Timoti was unbeaten through the three rounds of ladies' production racing, while Jaimee-Lee Aukett drove an excellent race to hold off a strong challenge from Mere Poharama in the first round of ladies' C grade.
Poharama was the first across the line in rounds two and three.
The feature "all-in" final race of the day was hotly contested between Terry Grigg and Ray Dare with Grigg emerging the victor after 15 laps of spectacular nose-to-tail action.
The second day of racing was cancelled because of heavy rain.
Taipa Speedway's next race meeting will be on January 20.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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