ALL fingers and toes will be crossed and prayers for sunshine will be in order for Riverside Speedway on Saturday.
The club had been trying to celebrate 25 years of the ILT Foundation sponsoring the annual Fireworks Extravaganza, but the first attempt was rained out before the meeting started, while the last attempt was also a rain-out after just more than a round of racing.
The club promised fans a discounted rate to the new event and had delivered, with adults $10, children under-15 free, and pensioners $3.
The track would once again be known as ILT Foundation Riverside Speedway, a tip of the cap to the long support the foundation had given the club, and the ILT Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza would also be held.
There would also be the re-running of the Brett Cooper Memorial for modified sprints, Cecile Kergozou Memorial for Streetstocks and best pairs for production saloons, all events affected by rain.
Added to this programme was the Southland Youth Saloon Championship, a title which Harrison Brown had a mortgage on in recent seasons.
He would dearly like to make it three championships, back-to-back, but would face some stiff competition in the grade.
Brown was targeting another Southland championship as he would also compete in the Southland Youth Ministock Championship.
Brown would be the only Riverside driver in the championship, despite having to run the Cromwell track code on his car.
Several cars were expected from Cromwell and Christchurch, making this championship an exciting one to watch.
X Factor Racing had thrown up some cash to the saloon competitors and would have the Dash For Cash.
A good field of saloons was expected as they strove for track time leading up to the SW Finance New Zealand Championship in January at Riverside.
Along with all of the championships, there would be exciting action on track from stockcars and six shooters making up an action-packed evening, topped off by an amazing fireworks display.
Racing was set to get under way at 4pm, with public gates opening at 1pm, maybe slightly earlier, traffic depending.