Action-paced wheels festival

The Ashburton Speedway Association will host two days of racing action this weekend, including some national titles.

Events for the Greg Donaldson Contracting Ashburton Wheels Week Plus are on the starting line and ready to roll.

The annual wheels spectacle starts on this weekend (April 30) and runs until May 15.

Greg Donaldson Contracting is again naming sponsor.

The 2022 event is a scaled-down event because of covid, but will feature thrills, spills and wheel-related action appealing to all ages.

It kicks off with the roar of speedway racing.

The Ashburton Speedway Association track, near the airport, will host two days of racing will include some New Zealand title races.

Wheels Week committee member Peter Jacob said work on the programme of events had started in December.

There had been a real chance Wheels Week might not have gone ahead because of covid, as was the case in 2020, but it had come together and excitement was in the air with the release of the official programme.

“We are pleased with the programme we’ve be able to put together and I’m sure the events will provide a lift for the community.”

Check out the full programme and get a sneak peak of some of the Wheels Week action at

The Rotary Club of Ashburton Plains Classic Car Run on May 1 is expected to be bigger than usual, simply because there had been few similar events for a number of months.

A tractor pull event at Mayfield is new to this year’s Wheels Week programme.

He said some events, like the wheelchair basketball, which featured a travelling team of wheelchair-bound athletes from Christchurch, were dependent on how covid played out in the community.

May 1 will also feature the Ashburton Car Club’s motokhana and the Ashburton Motorcycle Club TT.

The world-class Ashburton Aviation Museum will be open from 1pm until 4pm and again on May 8 and 14 at the same times.

Ashburton Motorcycle Club’s Shane Christie, left, with Clint Collett ahead of last year’s Wheels Week road trip.

The second weekend of action includes the popular Ashburton Car Club’s street sprints, which start on Saturday, May 7 and conclude with the top 32 racing in the final on Sunday, May 8.

There is also a motorcycle show and shine event on at the Ashburton RSA the same day and the Plains Museum and historical complex will open and have their historic K88 train offering rides.

The Susie Morrison and Grant Gordon Memorial Trial will run in the evening on May 11.

The final weekend of action includes an Ashburton Motorcycle Club ride and a family fun bike ride along the Lake Hood Track on May 14 sponsored by McKay and Donaldson.

The annual street sprints action gets under way in Ashburton next weekend.

A new event this year is a tractor pull at Mayfield Domain, which is open to old, new, big, small and modified tractors.

It runs over two days.

Clickety clack, clickety clack goes the model locomotives around the track at The Plains complex in Tinwald.

Other events include an Ashburton Toyota vehicle display during the week on the green in downtown Ashburton, wheelchair basketball at the Oxford Street Stadium (May 14), a coffee and classic vehicle show in the Robert Harris car park, Ashburton Family Go Kart Club event and Mid Canterbury 4X4 Club event (all May 15).

The full programme of events can be found on the website and on Facebook.