Takeaway produces a favourite feed at Ascot Park
The operators of a fast food business, contracted for the Christmas races at Ascot Park on Saturday, had a terrifying experience in Zimbabwe in the early 2000s.
Garnet and Jean Bonsor came to New Zealand in 2002 after the Zimbabwean Government forced them and other white farmers to leave their properties.
''We had two days to get out or go to jail,'' Mr Bonsor said yesterday.
They settled in Alexandra in 2002. Mr Bonsor worked in an orchard for four years before he and his wife built a fastfoods van and began trading as Top Nosh.
The couple's business operated at 52 sporting or community events last summer. They were at Addington and Riccarton race meetings for Cup Week in Christchurch last month.
''Weather plays a big part in our business,'' Mr Bonsor said.
''We're getting to know what events prefer certain food.''
Whitebait patties have been the Bonsors' best sellers at the Christmas races (Ascot Park) and the couple expect similar interest this year.
Meanwhile, a taxi stand will operate outside the racecourse's main entrance on Saturday. Blue Star Taxis owner Keith Henderson said taxi numbers at the racecourse would gradually increase late afternoon on Saturday.
''We'll have 40 (cars or vans) working out of there by 6pm,'' he said. Blue Star has a fleet of 50 vehicles.
The Southland Times