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20th March 2017
North Island Modified Championship
Welcome to Stratford Speedway
Taranaki's Action Attraction!
Tonight’s meeting (April 29th), which was the final of the season, has unfortunately been cancelled due to the rain. As this is the last meeting of the season and winter is just around the corner which means that it is about to get a lot colder and the weather even more unpredictable, there is no rain off date for tonight. I guess it is no surprise that this terribly wet season that has been so badly affected by rainouts is ending on a damp note but it is just the way the summer, if you can call it that, has been.
We will see you all next season for a hopefully much drier 2017/2018 Speedway Season!
Welcome to the Stratford Speedway website, where you will find all the information you need on upcoming race meetings, competitors, classes and so on.
The downloads page is where you will also find club membership application forms, driver profile forms, event entry forms (as they become available) and so on.
Interested in sponsoring or advertising with our club? The 'sponsorship' page is where you will find information on what we can do for your business and our rates. Check it out, you may be suprised at how cheap it is to advertise at our popular venue!
The site is owned by the Taranaki Stockcar Club who race each season on the Stratford Speedway Oval, located at the A & P Showgrounds in Stratford. Stratford can be found in the heart of Taranaki, New Zealand, approximately 30 minutes south of the regions largest city New Plymouth.
Racing commenced back in the 1964/1965 season with 14 stockcars competing at the first race meeting. Over many years, the club has seen many laps of racing, classes come and go, and, a dedicated bunch of volunteers operate this track. Stratford competitors have had a proud history, with 23 New Zealand championships (more than any other track) won in the premier classes of Stockcars, Saloons and Modifieds. The club has also enjoyed good success in teams racing with Stratford teams winning many races and events during its history.
In 1999/2000 the club became the first track to install electronic lapscoring and later that season won the prestigious Speedway of the Year. The track plays host to around 20 nights of racing each season, beginning in October with the practices and finishing in March or April. Highlights of the season usually include the Fireworks night in early November, the Boxing Day Demolition Derby, and, the national Championship meetings.
380 metres in length
10 metres wide on straights
13 metres wide in corners
Papa surface with lime chip and sawdust added
Are you keen to swap sides of the fence and become a driver?
There can be a lot to get your head around if you are new to the sport - Licences, club memberships, green sheeting etc. If you are a new competitor, your class rep should be one of the first people you call. They will be able to answer any questions that you may have and guide you through the process of what you need to do. They also keep the number register for your class and will be able to tell you which numbers are available as you will need one! You can find the phone number for your class rep here.
You will need to become a member of the Taranaki Stockcar Club before you can race or practice and you will also need a Speedway New Zealand licence. Full competitor club membership is $120 and Youth competitor club membership is $50. You can download the club membership form here. Speedway New Zealand Licence fees for the 2016/17 season are as follows: Adult Competitor National Class - $250, Adult Competitor Derby/Streetcar - $100, Youth Competitor - $150, Additional Class endorsement - $50 each class, Vintage - $100. There are two ways you can buy your licence - either online at Speedway New Zealand or at one of the club licencing days. Check out the season calendar to see when these are. You can also purchase licences at the track on race nights but we prefer that if at all possible you get you licence prior to avoid clogging up the pit box when the staff are busy. In some cases you are better off to purchase your licence at the club licencing days as you will recieve a temporary licence at the time of purchase which will allow you onto the track at the practices. If you purchase online, you need to wait for the licence information to come back to the club, approval given and then for it to be couriered. We are not trying to discourage you from using the online licencing system but be aware if you need your licence in a hurry, it may not be the way to go.
Reminder, if you licence online, you still need to become a club member. If you pay for your club membership online via SNZ with your licence, you will still need to fill out a membership form and send it to the club or scan and email it to email@example.com
Speedway New Zealand has a good Handbook available for new competitors which can be found here.
The Taranaki Stockcar Club has an Information Booklet that all competitors must read. It contains information on club rules and how things work on race nights. You can download it here.
The Speedway New Zealand Rulebook is available to be downloaded here.