New all-weather blokart track opening in Sanson
It's called the "blokart grin". It's the beaming smile that spreads across the face of every first-time blokarter.
And more people may get the opportunity to give the sport a go at Sanson.
A new all-weather blokarting track is opening in Sanson on April 12. The purpose-built track is larger than 8000 square metres and is only the second purpose-built, all-weather track in the country available to the public.
A blokart is a class of land yacht, invented and made in New Zealand, says Manawatu Blokart Club member Colin Cook.
A three-wheeled cart and sail are propelled along by wind.
Cook loves the sport. "You can't help but smiling when you're racing along, we call it the blokart grin."
Cook described blokarting as having "all the fun of yachting without getting wet".
Cook, who used to sail yachts, got into the sport when his wife bought him a kart for his 60th birthday. He and his wife Jo are both keen blokarters.
"It's a sport for anyone aged 8 to 80."
Cook said he had got up to speeds of more than 90kmh, which had been terrifying.
The opening of the track at the Sanson Domain on State Highway 1 will include a display by members of the club.
The inventor of the blokart, Paul Beckett from Papamoa, would also be there, Cook said.
Along with blokarts, the site is also home to dedicated courses for lawnmower racing and remote-controlled cars, which would be on show at the opening, too.
The club is leasing the site from Manawatu District Council. Cook said the new track was a great asset and it would hopefully attract new members to the sport. It was also better from a safety perspective. Blokarts were often used on the beach and this could be a hazard.
Work for the track started towards the end of 2013.
Cook had led the way with fundraising and fellow member Robert Deighton had stepped up with a lot of the construction work.
For more information on the club and ways to join visit manawatublokartclub.co.nz.
- Manawatu Standard