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Holden Trade Club Saloon Speedweek Finale Presented by Valvoline PLUS V8 Modifieds

December 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Blue car racing on sand race track

After five rounds in a week, for 24 of the country’s top saloon drivers – 8 from the NI and 16 from the SI – it all comes down to Saturday, December 8 at Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway. The final showdown of the Holden Trade Club Saloon Speedweek presented by Valvoline.

If all goes to plan, four Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway ‘t’ drivers, Ivan Murdoch(7t),  Phil Burgess(15t), Graham Williamson(21t) and Barry Taylor(28t), will be at the pointy end when the green flag drops at 6pm.

Adding to the fast and furious action are some nine V8 Modifieds competing in round 1 of the Mainland Modifieds Series. These winged beasts were introduced to New Zealand in the 1970s and despite competition from sprintcars are considered to have held their own, although one small mistake and they can roll along the dirt like metal tumbleweed.

Modifieds are lightweight space frame open wheelers with a huge down-force wing that as driver Andrew Naven, who will be on the Central Otago clay in 69c, suggests makes them look like a sprintcar but with bodywork of a saloon. All modifieds racing at Cromwell have methanol fuelled V8’s putting out some 635 horsepower.

All favourite support classes will also be racing.

As a footnote, for a number of reasons that would prevent the Central Motor Speedway from putting on “Central Otago’s Fastest Family Show on Earth”, the Saloon Showdown previously advertised for Sunday December 9 has been cancelled. But Saturday alone should have everyone going home suffering OES (Over Excitement Syndrome).

Gates open at 4:00 pm.


Central Motor Speedway


Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway
Sandflat road
Cromwell, Otago New Zealand
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