Forty-one years after Ron Spriggs’ speedway dream roared to life, his legacy is still honoured in the Cromwell basin.
The Central Motor Speedway held the annual Ron Spriggs Memorial meeting on Sunday.
Despite Saturday’s heavy rain threatening to wash the event out before it even began, followed by the constant threat of rain on Sunday, the majority of races ran before the event had to be called off with only three races left.
Despite the event being called early, Ron Spriggs Memorial champions were still crowned.
In the Youth Mini Stocks, Jake Shearing was an unstoppable force, winning all three races with ease.
A small but competitive field of super saloons put on a good showing with Christchurch driver Trevor Elliot claiming two wins to take the overall honours from Cromwell driver Ray Stewart.
Production saloons produced multiple winners across the three heat races, with the rain making an appearance in the third heat.
However, by that stage James Wood had done enough to win the championship ahead of Gavin Hurring and Steven Nicholas respectively.
Stock cars, six shooters and sprint cars were all affected by the rain and lost a round of racing.
Results from earlier races were counted and overall winners announced.
Dunedin driver Josh Boulton took home the stockcar title after winning both heats.
Three races were contested in the sprint cars, but the 20-lap feature was cancelled due to rain.
Jayden Dodge came out on top, after claiming a first and a third placing in the heats.
Central Motor Speedway president Andy Erskine said he was pleased with the event and, despite the existing Covid-19 climate, the event attracted competitors from Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill and “everywhere in between”.
“It was great to see both drivers and spectators support speedway,” he said.
“It was a good outdoor event.”