Car club drivers back on starting line

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Motoring enthusiasts can get their fix this weekend when the Ashburton Car Club hosts its first post-lockdown event motorkhana.

It will be held at the club’s grounds on Wakelins Road, just off the Methven highway, on Sunday.

Ashburton Car Club’s Shayne Adams said the grass motorkhana was a fun event with some keen drivers taking to the starting blocks.

The course, which changes during the event, is a great test of each driver’s driving skills too, as they aim to get around the course in the quickest time.

Mr Adams said the club missed out on hosting four events due to Covid-19 lockdown, all usually run during Ashburton’s Wheels Week Plus programme. The main event was the popular Auto Sparks Street Sprint around the Riverside industrial estate. It would have been its 31st annual event.

But there was also the Suzie Morrison memorial night car trial, the club’s motorkhana and twilight autocross events

Mr Adams said the four events were the club’s main source of income for the year.

This weekend’s motorkhana is the club’s first event after lockdown and a good chance for a few drivers to let off some steam.

He said spectators were most welcome but everyone, including drivers, would need to fill in contact tracing forms.

Access is via the back gate of the clubrooms with a one way in and out system.

He said there would be no access to the clubrooms, except for people to use the toilet facilities.

The motorkhana will see at least three different courses set up for drivers and each driver will race three times.

He said drivers were welcome to register on the day from 10am; it costs $20 to take part.

It will finish around 3pm and be followed by the prizegiving.