Silverware returns for winner
The cup associated with the South Island Streetstock Championship has returned but it's not the original.
A replacement cup was bought by Invercargill streetstock driver Trevor Nelson recently and presented to this year's winner, Colin Robinson, of Timaru, in Greymouth this month.
Nelson, a life member of the Southland Stockcar Drivers' Association, was annoyed last year's winner, Mark Henderson, of Invercargill, received no cup for the memorable win.
Nelson bought the replacement and donated it to Speedway New Zealand, believing the celebrated race should not continue without a cup.
''I chased it [original cup] for a year, but couldn't find it,'' Nelson said.
''Mark won on his home track and had nothing to show for it.''
Vince Singh, who was the last to receive the original cup in 2001, is no longer in the sport.
The first Speedway New Zealand knew about the missing cup was when Henderson contacted them.
Speedway New Zealand chief executive Tim Savelle said a search was made but to no avail.
''We've got over 50 trophies and we value them really highly,'' he said.
''This one's gone AWOL.''
After the replacement cup was bought and engraved with the names of all winners, Henderson had it for a day before it went to this year's championship in Greymouth last weekend.
Arnie Tuhura nearly brought the cup back to Southland by finishing second.
Southland Stockcar Drivers' Association president Graeme McKernan was fourth and vice-president Megan Molloy ninth.
A J Lapsley and Andrew Johnston, also of Southland, were 10th and 16th, respectively.
Meanwhile, the South Island Saloons Championship and Southland Stockcar Championship will be held at Riverside Speedwayn, near Invercargill, on March 15.
- The Southland Times