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Kylie Murdoch has petrol in her veins.

For the Cromwell woman, nothing compares to a day at the speedway.

‘‘I love race day. The noise, the dust, the dirt, the smell,’’ she said.

The Central Motor Speedway (CMS) volunteer first encountered the sport on a date with her
now-husband Ivan but initially was not a fan.

‘‘It was noisy and dirty and I wondered why on earth my date didn’t play rugby like everyone else I knew.’’

Fast-forward to today and she is embedded into speedway life — won over by the excitement and atmosphere of the sport, but also the people.

‘‘These people have become family,’’ Mrs Murdoch said.

‘‘With speedway you have friends all around the country, everyone knows everyone. It’s
realy unique like that.’’

Speedway is one of her happiest places, with weekends and holidays filled up with related
activities. Ivan drives and children Amelia (10) and Finn (6) are both junior volunteers.

‘‘I love the fact that it’s a genuine family thing,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s such a warm community. We travel all over the country together.’’

Mrs Murdoch started volunteering at Central Motor Speedway manning the pit gate.

She joined the CMS committee, taking up the role of secretary six months ago.

But she continues to man the pit gate.

‘‘It’s the coolest role. I get to see and talk to everyone on race day — drivers, the pit crews,
volunteers.’’

As a people person, communicator and networker, Mrs Murdoch said volunteering with CMS suited her to the ground.

On a community level CMS brought a lot to the table.

Run by 12 committee members and an army of volunteers, Mrs Murdoch said race days contributed hugely to the local economy.

‘‘We bring people in from all over the Southern region and they all want fuel, food and a bed.

‘‘Socially, it’s a happy way to bring people together and add some family friendly excitement and joy to life at a time when Covid fatigue is very real.’’

Covid compliance and vaccine passports had been ‘‘next level’’ challenging but CMS has a policy of not cancelling.

‘‘We don’t want these things to affect the entertainment we provide so we do what we have to do to keep racing.’’

Mrs Murdoch found her niche volunteering with Speedway and she encouraged others to give it a try.

‘‘You can meet great people, fill your bucket and you might even find where you belong.’’