Stockcars weigh up to half a tonne, and saloons weigh in at roughly $100,000 but neither mass nor money reduced risk and aggression at Dunedin’s Beachlands Speedway on Guy Fawkes night on November 5.
Over an epic evening punctuated by high-speed collisions, even the no-contact youth saloons featured a multiple pile-up.
Clutha’s speedway racing community muscled in, especially in traditional stockcars and the spectacular, popular streetstocks, where drivers are kept on their toes by never knowing which direction they will race in — a measure that keeps their rides ‘‘streetstock’’, rather than modified for the slide.
Firefighters extinguished several fuel fires until the after-dark finale, when the crowd was thrilled by Dunedin’s only public fireworks extravaganza.
Beachlands and other speedway schedules, programmes and results are available online.