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Well, we are a couple of months into the season now and if you want to compete at the Nationals in Hamilton over Easter you should be looking at completing your qualifying meetings.
To race at Nationals you have to race at 3 ĎNQMsí (National Qualifying Meetings). If you look at the back of your green rule book, there will be the racing calendar and beside selected meetings there will be written NQM, so choose which ones you are interested in doing and keep an eye out for a flyer.
Some of our Ďdie hardí racers have just been to Taupo over Labour Weekend for the North Island Champs, results are as follows:
20 inch Amatuer Classes:
Wyatt Clinch -†††† 10th Mighty 11s
Simon Pottow -††† 5th 8 yr boys
Mat Flower -††††††† 4th 9 yr boys
Devon Clinch -†††† 2nd 9&10 yr girls
Jamie Small -††††† 10th 10 yr boys
Kyle Baxter -†††††† 17th 10 year boys
Myron Simpson -† 1st 12 yr boys
Wayne Pottow -††† 8th 12 yr boys
Sam Baxter -††††††† 6th 13 yr boys
Ben Simpson -†††† 10th 15 yr boys
Karl Warbrooke -† 1st Junior Men
Bryan Joyce -†††††† 3rd 30 & over Men
Myron Simpson -† 1st 11-12 yrs Cruiser
Ben Simpson -†††† 3rd 15-16 yrs Cruiser
Karl Warbrooke -† 1st Elite Cruiser
Bryan Joyce -†††††† 1st 30-34 yrs Cruiser
Taupo was also the scene of the Australian Test Teams thrashing the New Zealand Teams. Seniors (16 and over) and the Mighty 11ís both suffered defeat. In October each year the selected teams from Australia travel here and race our guys at the North Island Champs, and in June each year our teams go to Tamworth, Australia to race them. The selections for the Kiwi riders going to Australia is on Easter Friday preceding the National Champs. For those new to the sport the Mighty 11ís qualifying age is 11 years old on a set date prior to the event in NZ or Aussie. Details in the green rules book.
Congratulations to our own Wyatt Clinch on making the Mighty 11ís team and representing New Zealand at Taupo. We look forward to other East City riders achieving this goal of representing NZ in the Mighty 11ís.
There has been comment on the delayed starting time on club nights. In our points hut ladiesí defence, it is often difficult juggling the many jobs of check in Ė groupings, hireage of bikes etc.
We are, however, working on a new system. When you hire a bike etc you will receive a chit that you then take over to the container and somebody will help you sort out what you require. Please remember bikes can only be hired 2 nights in a row unless they havenít all been hired out and there is one left available.
It would also speed things up if riders have the correct change and know what their number plate number is (all riders need one!)
Check in will CLOSE at 6.20. Racing will start at 6.30. Anyone missing check in at that time will join racing in the 2nd round. Thatís the plan anyway!
Speaking of flyers, I am having difficulty getting flyers to al members in time for entries. If you havenít got e-mail or canít open the attachments I send you, please get a copy from the noticeboard, which will have plastic pockets with the flyers or newsletters inside. Once again, check your racing calendar and if you think thereís a meeting you would like to do keep a look out at the noticeboard.
A cruiser superclass series is being held at East City on 4 club nights from mid November. Entry is $5 per night and two age groups are offered at 13 years and under, 14 years and over. The results will be tallied over the 4 club nights and 100% payback to the top 8 riders.
In the New Year a 20 inch superclass series will be held with a similar format so watch out for the flyer in January 2003.
This is a fun club night that we like to turn into a social event. Usual time on Wednesday 18th December, please bring a plate to share for dinner, bring your own meat to throw on the BBQ and a drink for the parents. The club will provide a free sausage and drink for the kids, plus a lolly scramble, fun races, and a team relay race.
We are also asking again for help with the BBQ. We have a few dedicated women who cook the food every club night and that help is immensely appreciated. However, we desperately need someone to take over the organisation of it, buying the food etc. Sheryl Warbrooke has been doing it for years and wants/needs to pass the job on to someone else. If you are interested in the job you will be given guidelines to what is needed etc so it wonít be a big guessing game for you!
Unfortunately, if we canít find someone to take over this role we may all be starving on club nights.
As you know East City is holding the Nationals in 2004, a major event in our clubsí history. It may seem a way off but we really need to get motivated with the organisation of it all. Sponsorship being a major issue, a sub-committee is being formed. If you are interested in helping in some way please let Rik Simpson know. Also if you know of anyone that would be interested in being approached for sponsorship (big or little) tell Rik.
You all did an awesome job selling the chocolate bars recently, with most people being very prompt with payment. This being our first fundraising attempt in years I feel it went extremely well. Could I have some feedback on doing it again in a few months, or any other ideas on fundraising that you know work well?
Iím sorry if this newsletter seems to be a constant plea for help but as in any club we need volunteers to keep everything moving forward, with new people comes new ideas. The more people we have helping, the less work there is for us all to do, and donít forget who we are doing it for!
I hope you enjoy the rest of the year at the track and have a great Christmas.
CALENDAR of EVENTS
Dec 7†† Eastern Bay Champs - Taupo NQM
Dec 8†† Central Region Champs - Taupo NQM
Dec 8†† Waitakere Christmas meeting & Superclass
Dec 14 Summer Sizzler - Papakura
Dec 15 Hamilton Lucky Dip NQM
Jan 19 Taupo Twilight NQM
Jan 25 & 26 Auckland Champs at Waiuku - Dalliston, Superclub
Feb 1† Hamilton Midnight Magic
Feb 2† Paeroa L&P Cup
Feb 8† King Country Champs - Te Kuiti & Dalliston, SuperClub
Feb 9† Te Kuiti T Shirt
Feb 15&16 Town & Country Champs - Papakura (Superclass Sunday)
Feb 22&23 Te Awamutu Grand Prix (Superclass & NQM Sunday)