Cromwell Street Sprints

Amongst a series of cancelled events, it is great to see that the annual Cromwell Street Sprints is all go for Sunday 27 February.

Now in its ninth year, this event, organised by the Central Otago Motorsport Club, is growing in popularity.

Driver numbers are restricted to 55, so there is already a large waiting list for 2022, with drivers travelling from all over Canterbury, Otago and Southland.

The Central Otago Motorsport Club was formed to allow local people to participate in grass roots motorsports and give them the opportunity to progress further if they wish.

In partnership with its Queenstown counterpart, the group organises an average of one event per month.

Garry Morton, who has been involved in organising the event for 8 of its nine-year history, says that the Council and industrial area businesses, have been very supportive.

The national body, Motorsport New Zealand, dictate the guidelines, and are especially diligent in these Red Alert times.

They send a steward on the day, and that person has the power to override local organisers if required, to keep safety paramount.

Garry says that they keep things as simple as possible, and that’s why they hold the event on a Sunday, to be less disruptive to businesses.  

“The race itself is self-funding, but we rely on our wonderful sponsors. Without these awesome businesses and people, the event just couldn’t happen.

Every year they put their hands up to provide prizes.

Donald Young sponsors by providing hundreds of large hay bales, which have to be transported to the streets, and then back to Lowburn after the event.

The surrounding businesses offer prizes and trophies for the various grades.”

There are five grades for the various car classes, and this year there will be a youth grade, with three under-20 drivers racing for their first event.

All drivers must be registered with the national body.

If you are looking for some street racing excitement, get along to the Cromwell Street Sprints, 8.30 am to 5.30pm on Sunday, 27 February.

More details on FB Central Otago Motorsport Club and on website centralotagomotorsport.org.nz