Ruapuna Speedway

Ruapuna Speedway is located in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Racing at this location contains: dirt oval.


 

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14 hours ago

Ruapuna Speedway

Its giveaway time again! The last promo we did in association with our great mates at the Racecourse Hotel and Motorlodge was a stunning success...We have another $100 meal voucher, and a $50 meal voucher to give away BUT theres a bit of a twist! To win these great prizes you have to (a) Like this post (b) Share this post (C) go to www.racecoursehotel.co.nz check out the Restaurant menu and tell us what main course you'd spend your voucher on. Winners will be drawn 18 July 2020 ...

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2 weeks ago

Ruapuna Speedway

Ruapuna Speedway is proud of its long association with Valvoline ...

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2 weeks ago

Ruapuna Speedway

we truly appreciate and value the great contribution that our volunteers make to our Speedway. You certainly are 'The Best'. If you want to join our great team please email treasurercsa@hotmail.com ...

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2 weeks ago

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Ruapuna Speedway has a long association with our friends at Nelson, who are currently in a battle. Lets help them out! If youre like me, the Speedway IS the reason that I travel to NelsonNelson Speedway is currently going through a resource consent process and have asked for the Speedway Community to help.

We need you to support the application made to the Tasman District Council via the official consultation process.

Link to the Nelson Speedway Submission: www.tasman.govt.nz/document/serve/RM191306%20Nelson%20Speedway%20Association%20Inc%20-%20Applicat...

So how can you help?

Step 1: Complete this form to show your support (Nelson Speedway has completed part of the form for you to make life easier)
nelsonspeedway.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Nelson-Speedway-TDC-RC-Form-3.pdf

Step 2: Save and download the completed form

Step 3: Attach the form and email it to resourceconsentadmin@tasman.govt.nz and cc in info@nelsonspeedway.co.nz

If you are from outside the Nelson area, still complete the form. Lets show them just how widespread the reach of Nelson Speedway is and how important Nelson is to the Speedway Community.

Cut off Date for submissions is 26th June

#SpeakupforSpeedway
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2 weeks ago

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awesome! don't miss this ...

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2 weeks ago

Ruapuna Speedway

Bookings are now open for the CSA Prizegiving and dinner to be held at the Racecourse Hotel and Motorlodge on Saturday 25 July 2020 at 6.00 pm

There will be a maximum of 120 seats, therefore if you would like to attend please email through to secretary@ruapunaspeedway.co.nz your booking request including number of people and names.

Book now, to avoid disappointment!
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2 weeks ago

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Christchurch Speedway Association Election of Officers for 2020-1

President; Rob Roxburgh
Vice Presidents: Steve McCallum
Jamie Duff
Kent Ramsay
Russell Lilley
Treasurer: Gerard Hansen
Secretary: Jeanette Ellis
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3 weeks ago

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There is a big team of people who make a night at Ruapuna possible. One of the most visible is our Infield reporter / commentator . Lets see what makes him tick.

THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE...Introducing Warrick Korstanje

The introduction to speedway for me came after the good old Industry Fair days at the CHCH Showgrounds when we spotted a guy smoking in a white singlet warming up a bike on the rollers. We watched Ronnie Moore riding the Wall of Death. Mum and Dad told us stories of Aranui watching Ronnie miraculously ride around and under everybody before they were married. When he came to ride at Templeton, we had to go and the speedway bug got me. To me the 1975 Champion of Champions meeting where Ronnie, Barry and Ivan rode their last meeting together against some of the best Champions around at the time was one of the most memorable. Ronnie would also be my favourite competitor even though he was in his twilight when we first saw him. His personality and commitment to Speedway said it all. The privilege to talk to and interview Ronnie, Barry and Ivan on occasions is something I value. The most memorable and emotional meeting I have done would be that first Ronnie Moore Memorial Meeting. You could not help but well up a little at the outstanding number of ex competitors and fans who made the effort to attend and race in respect of a true “Peoples Champion”. Selwyn Burt is also part of a club of many people who have given back so much in my time witnessing this sport.

As far as writing goes I started writing for Lynda Kruger for the NZ Dirt Track Magazine in 1987. Marvellous lady, had to read my hand written scripts posted in back in those days and written with a piece of carbon paper in-between so I knew what I had sent in. There were a few blues in handwriting interpretation. Younger fans would not understand. First role as a Speedway official was as a time keeper (and unofficial referee) at Ellesmere with AJ and his team. Started announcing at Moore Park about 18 years ago in the first season at its current site. I was walking past the old caravan and Dave McPherson saw me and pulled me in to give him a hand.

My favourite meetings. Well being a bike person those memorial meetings, Ronnie’s, Ivan’s and Andy Trees would rank as some of the most rewarding but most difficult ones to get up for. The last NZ Sidecar Title at Moore Park even though it was award winning was the most difficult meeting I have ever done. Ruapuna and Ellesmere rank because they are also considered home tracks. It has been a privilege to be part of many great meetings across a variety of classes at all these tracks.

My favourite car class is midgets and what an outstanding Accessman NZ title we saw this season with Michael Pickens breaking the NZ record to win his ninth title. The commitment and hard charging from Dave Kerr over the years is impressive while Tom Lumsden, Jeremy Webb along with young Jack Low, Jay Chadwick, Glen Durie and the rest of the midget class provide some tough completion locally.

My role at Ruapuna is on the infield. You are a little closer but I have never have felt unsafe from the racing it’s self even when sidecars were running. Logic and common sense are your best friends here. You witness the competitor’s cars/bikes working and reacting from a different angle. The infield set of eyes is a support role to the team as sometimes I catch things that they cannot clearly see simply because of the different orientation the infield position gives. Preparation for infield commentary requires pre meeting walk around to check whose running. I have a list of competitors for each class but the majority of my commentary work has to recall numbers and names instantly in my head. I make no apology for getting some names wrong, we can laugh about it and I get a little ribbing with from competitors afterwards sometimes. Over the years I seen two and three generations of racers come through and sometimes recalling the correct Christian name is challenging.

My infield role involves providing feedback on the infield activities, trying to inform why a competitor has retired, (not as easy to identify sometimes) and incident reports. At times it may be assisting the infield staff with information, crash crew and those interviews for heat or feature winners. From my days on the bank I remember always wanting to know why someone retired, what went wrong or how someone was fairing after an incident and was always interested to hear from a race winner or injured party. I try to keep the fans informed in the time permitted although the freedom on the infield to relay that information has become more restrictive now days.

I take a few deep breaths when arriving on a crash scene. I have seen some nasty ones and it is a testament to the safety equipment in our sport that most are able to walk away. You observe the scene and I am so pleased when a car is righted quickly so the driver is sunny-side up. They instantly look and feel better. I look at the driver and see what is happening and hope to be able to report back to the fans and crew that they are conversing with the medical team. Then I look at the car. Sometimes, although speedway is full of thrills and spills that may be exciting to watch, a bad one, particularly in the old days often spelt the end of the season for some competitors. Today with many off the shelf parts (and a big wallet), it is not so bad and some incidents were competitors are back out in their next race or make the final after a bad one is a testament to the teams commitment to our sport.

When we started interviewing, a lot were scared of that microphone. Congratulations to all the competitors who participate. I see first- hand how stuffed some of you are after a race win, see the streaming eyes from the methanol build up inside the cage on especially on still nights or view the pain you may be in after an incident. From time to time you get some brilliant interviews or one liners. Jonathon Allard and Allan Woods would be a couple of the most honest on one hand and crowd pleasers to talk to on the other. Buddy Kofoid the rising star enjoys talking while those with the experience of racing overseas can do it well. Ruapuna competitors have improved in recent times. Listen out for Liam McCoubrey’s next one liner and we may get one from Caleb Baughan since his big break at last year’s National at Palmerston North. Matt Leversedge, Jeremy Webb, Kyle Glover, Jamie Duff, so many the list goes on, all realise talking to your fans pays dividends for the sport and there team and it is all part of our show that I am pleased to bring you when time permits
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4 weeks ago

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winner winner Chicken Dinner...or Roast, or Lunch...or breakfast congratulations to our winners Mark Teear and Sharon Stackhouse who were presented with their Racecourse Hotel & Motorlodge dining vouchers...If you missed out, why not just go and try them...tell the Ruapuna Speedway sent you! ...

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4 weeks ago

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What a great promotion that was! thanks to all of you who entered the Racecourse Hotel Voucher competition congratulations to Sharon Stackhouse who won the $100 voucher thanks to the team at The Racecourse Hotel & Motorlodge we have a consolation prize of a $50 voucher and the name pulled from the hat was Mark Teear. We truly appreciate everyones interest. Make sure you go and visit the Racecourse Hotel & Motorlodge and enjoy one of their stunning meals . Sharon and mark, please send us a message at the Ruapuna facebook page and we will get your vouchers delivered ...

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