IF you were planning on taking the family on holiday straight after Christmas this year, maybe wait until at least after December 28, as the place to be will be X Factor Cars Riverside Speedway.
The club, which had a nightmare last season, has made some radical changes to the race calendar, the biggest change being the ILT Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza which will be held on the night of December 28.
This meeting will also see the Supercars of Clay hit the track with the Mag and Turbo Super Cup. The super saloons will also contest the Southland Super Saloon Championship, and all grades will also be on hand to battle it out for the Christmas Trophy.
One of the reasons for the change of the fireworks date is the November slot in the calendar has been rained out the past three years, so the club thought a date close to Christmas made sense.
Club members acknowledged, while people went on holiday, many people stayed local and this would provide a great family day’s entertainment.
Fields should also be big with Dunedin racing on December 27 and Cromwell racing on the 30th travelling drivers are keen to compete on all three tracks.
The rest of the Riverside calendar is also action packed, kicking off two weeks earlier than usual on October 2 with a Demolition Derby, then crowd favourites the sprintcars will hit the track on October 16 for the Southern Sprintcar Series.
The first Southland championships will take place on October 31 with contact grades, stockcars and streetstocks, deciding on a champion early in the season. There will also be a teams’ derby.
November 20 will see most of the remaining Southland championships being contested; saloons, youth saloons, six shooters and modified sprints will all have titles on the line.
December is set to be a busy month with a double-header scheduled for the weekend of the 11th and 12th. These meetings will see a new saloon series featuring many of the South Island’s best drivers, as well as silverware aplenty for the supporting grades with other series running during the weekend.
After the fireworks extravaganza, it’s time to welcome in a new year. January 15 will see the Six Shooter Series debut at Riverside as well as the Brett Cooper Modified Sprint Memorial, while two other fiercely contested memorials, The Cecile Kergozou Memorial for Streetstocks and Rod McLaren Memorial for Saloons, will take place on January 30.
February is a quiet month for the club as the Burt Munro Challenge along with events at neighbouring clubs mean available weekends are hard to find.
However, Tuesday, February 8, is earmarked for a meeting under lights which should create an amazing spectacle, the first night races at Riverside.
We then roll into March and the welcome return of the War Of The Wings Sprintcar Series after a two-year absence from Riverside.
The winged warriors will take to the track on March 5, supported by the Modified Sprint Series.
The season highlight comes next with Speedway Royalty Peter Rees bringing his Rees Tour south for the second time. Rees will look to bring more than 100 stockcars, superstocks and classic stockcars for a night of mayhem not to be missed on March 25.
The club will also be racing on March 26 in a double-header with the Scott Gordon Memorial for Six Shooters.
April brings down the curtain on what would hopefully have been an amazing season of action at Riverside. April 9 will see the club hold its final meeting with the Southland Sprintcar Championship on offer, along with the Easter Trophy across the grades and the crowd favourite, the Ronnie Tree Memorial for Stockcars.
- For the full calendar of events, go to www.riversidespeedway.co.nz