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Track: Palmerston North
Date: Friday 20 January 2006
Event: Ivan Mauger Golden Helmet Series

Reporting & pictures by Mike Pollard


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Palmerston North - Friday 20 January 2006
Ivan Mauger Golden Helmet Series
Reporting & pictures by Mike Pollard

Not so much a speed-weekend, more of a speedweek!
Hello and welcome to Palmerston for day one of three, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of speedway at the Palmerston North Showgrounds.


It was the solo bikes that took to the tracks 75 years ago, and so it was fitting that the opening night celebrations featured the Ivan Mauger Golden Helmet Series.


Headline riders from around the globe include; Craig Watson - Australia, Andrew Bargh - New Zealand, Jason Bunyan - England, Filip Sitera - Czech Republic together with Mattia Carpanese and Daniel Tessari - Italy. After 12 x heats, 2 x semi finals and a 6 x rider finale, the winner of the coveted golden helmet was declared as Craig Watson of Australia who took the applause of the appreciative audience. The corporate boxes were packed with speedway stars that have become household names over the past 75 years, and a number of "good old boys" with a lump in their throats reminisced over the tannoy about their exploits in the pioneer days of speedway. An emotional night for all involved with the celebration. One memory i shall keep for some time, was that of an elderly gentleman being slowly ushered through the pits to the pit gate by a member of the promotion team, and then being helped to sit astride the bike, only for the guy to then whizz around the track to the cheers of the crowd........ really quite emotional, even though i have no idea who he is!

Superstocks

The meeting also served as an official practice session for the overseas competitors in the 248 cid Global Challenge to be staged the following day.

With all drivers "racing" together, #3gb Pete Falding, #64gb Kev Smith and former rodeo star #13nl Ronald van den Hadelkamp all looked to be quick from the get go, whilst USAC/CRA sprint car driver #97usa Ronnie "the rocket" Case looked to be on a steep learning curve as he tried to come to terms with a superstock. The 2 x other overseas drivers having a run were #48n Brett Nicholls from the South Island (well it is overseas!), allthough quite what #591p Wayne Hemi was doing out there is anyone's guess!

Cars/Bikes racing
Solos 28
Ministocks 22
Sidecars 7
Superstocks 6 (overseas practice)



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