Excitement builds as race returns
Waimate looks set to roar as preparations for a massive weekend of motorsport later this month get under way.
The Waimate 50 returned to the streets of Waimate in 2010 after an 11-year hiatus, and the success of that event has enabled organisers to build on what was a roaring revival.
Waimate 50 Motorsport deputy chairman Rob Aikman said planning and preparation were well under way.
"Everything is starting to come together. Most of the red-tape matters are being dealt with by the council."
Mr Aikman said the group was lucky to have lots of organisations on board to help.
About 150 people will be involved with the massive task of assembling the street circuit.
Organisers have purchased 1600 metres of spectator fencing as hiring it was going to be too expensive. More concrete blocks and railing supports have been constructed.
"Large hay bales are the other front-line barrier defence we are working on - 600 meters are required to complete the 2.7km circuit," Mr Aikman said.
Waimate 50 Motorsport has adopted a similar format to last time, with four main events tabled for the weekend, including the 1.4km Waimate 50 sprint circuit around the streets of the town, using parts of the original Waimate 50 circuit.
A hill climb from Lundon's Gorge to the Whitehorse Monument will feature again this year. It includes 3km of road, with a purpose-built spectator area to an open finish and views over the Waimate district.
One of the highlights for the spectators last time was the Saturday night standing quarter-mile through the main street, followed by bands. This will be back, with more cars and entertainment.
The weekend will culminate with the rallysprint, a challenging stage of both fast and technical sections and a road that has a bit of everything.
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