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The Cromwell fireworks
display to celebrate Guy
Fawkes will be held tomorrow
night at 9.25pm at the
Melmore Marina below the
Cromwell Town and Country
Club. On Saturday there will
be a display at Alexandra's
Pioneer Park from 8.30pm
and at the Roxburgh Sports
Ground from 7.30pm.
The Otago Central Rail Trail
Charitable Trust chairwoman
Daphne Hull has stepped
down as chairwoman of the
trust. She will be replaced by
Dunedin city councillor Kate
Wilson. Ms Hull will remain as
Last week's Mirror
incorrectly said five
community boards would
remain in the Central Otago
district following the recent
review. Actually there are
four community boards but
five wards as the Vincent
Community Board is
comprised of members
elected from the Alexandra
Sprints preview rocks writer
In the fast lane: Mirror reporter Che Baker with Cromwell driver Paul Beattie before taking to the track in the Cromwell
Street Sprints in Cromwell on Sunday.
140kmh on the
streets a buzz
By CHE BAKER
After meeting with the organisers
of the Cromwell Sprints it become
apparent my lack of first-hand
racing experience was not going
writing about their beloved sport.
So it was sorted, Central Otago
Motorsport Club president Grant
Keen and member Justin Marsh-
all signed me up to co-drive in my
Triple lock seatbelt fastened,
Cromwell driver Paul Beattie and
I hit the track in his purposely
built 2004 Mitsubishi Evolution8
and he begins a brakes test.
Vroom, Stop. Vroom, Stop. This
continued at least 10 times,
throwing me around the car and
making me dizzy.
At the startline Paul explains how
the car was going to go into anti-
lag mode to allow us to get the
fastest takeoff as possible and
keep us at full throttle along the
1.5 kilometre track.
I wasn't nervous but my hands
started to sweat in the hot car.
''We're really going to have to
push it this time,'' Paul said.
We burst off the start line and
approach the first corner.
I was expecting us to slow down
but that was the opposite of what
happened and we sped up.
We are rocketing!
It feels so unnatural (yet exhilar-
ating) to be driving at up to
140kmh in a 50kmh area around
right angle corners.
However I'm too busy looking at
the road to take a glimpse of the
I see a road block of tyres ahead.
The track disappears.
We are going to hit something! We
are going to hit something! I kept
saying to myself.
But Paul shows his passion and
professionalism when it comes to
driving and the car glides with
ease as he weaves around the
series of tyre chicanes.
Oh, that's where the track went.
I completely relax realising I'm in
We hit the final straight and I'm
thrown back into my seat as we
try to beat the clock and pass the
finish line. I explain to Paul I was
certain we were going to hit
something during the race.
''Oh we did, we hit a tyre stack,''
Paul replied. Too fast for me to
''That was great. You're a great co-
driver, want a job?,'' Paul asks.
''Yes!,'' I reply without hesitation,
realising driving is not going to be
the same for a while.
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