Promoters Speech from Prizegiving

On Friday night, we had the Western Springs Prize giving. We thought you may be interested to read the speech I delivered on the night.

Greg Mosen (Promoter)

 

It’s great to see everyone here tonight in a relaxed environment away from the pressures of race day.

First and foremost I want to acknowledge Bill Buckley for his continued support of speedway particularly at Western Springs. Without him, I don’t know where we would be. I would also like to thank him from a personal standpoint for his continued support of me. I also have to thank my wingman Melissa for all that she does and the people that make Western Springs run smoothly every night including the volunteers, officials and safety crew.

I would also like to thank our sponsors and am proud to say they have all signed on for another season which is great news.

Where is speedway going?

At this stage we are still negotiating with the RFA and I can tell you that we have made it very clear that we want to stay at Western Springs. This is our preferred option. We have also made it very clear that we will not be moving to Colin Dale despite what they may think! With the Warriors now being given a 10 year contract to stay at Mt Smart, we are working on the same deal for Western Springs. This is a long drawn out negotiation and we may eventually call on you all for your support whether that be in the form of letters to council or protests, we are unsure, it will depend on the outcome of these talks but know that we are 100% committed to the future of speedway in Auckland.

Despite the restrictions handed to us with only 12 meetings, we still managed to get an action packed season starting with the Porter Hire International Sprintcar Series where we had legend Steve Kinser come out to farewell his kiwi fans. Brad Loyet also put on an amazing show along with the kiwi lads.

This coming season for the sprintcars we hope to build on the National Series with talks having already started regarding how we go about this.

We then went full on into the United Truck Parts International Midget Series with 6 visiting USA drivers and 3 from Australia.

Rolling Thunder was a huge success along with the celebrity race, it made for a great night and one we would like to add to our annual calendar.

During the season we hosted the NZ Midget and TQ Championship Titles and the North Island Midget Championship.

The Seamount Group Barry Butterworth Classic as always was a great night along with the Heritage Shield and the National Series for all classes.

This last season we had the introduction of the Bill Buckley Sidecar Series much to the delight of the fans and we hope to keep them as a regular inclusion to the programme in future.

I would like to congratulate all of the winners and wish everyone a safe and happy off season.