Location - As the name suggests the track is located close
to the sea. Leave Wanganui and head towards Palmerston North. Go across
the bridge over the river and hang a right. If in doubt follow directions
to the airport as the track is literally just around the corner from
the airport. Indeed if an aircraft does land during the meeting
you may be convinced the aircraft will be landing on the track such
is the proximity of the airport.
Parking - Parking appeared to be limited to the area around the
track and surrounding paddocks. The paddocks were filled with gorse
and a four wheel drive would have been a more appropriate weapon of
choice than my car. Indeed a four wheel drive comes recommended
for much of the parking around the speedway and the road borders
on grassed banks.
Premiere Meeting - It's a calendar void of any recognisable
events. Your best bet might be the West Coast Superstock Champs but
even that could be a push. I've never been to one but if the
reports in NZDTR magazine are anything to go by you might get
a field of about a dozen cars.
Also worth attending - West Coast Stockcar Champs, West Coast
Best spot to sit - Turn one and two is bordered by a massive
bank that is terraced for fan viewing. This is where the action happens
and is a popular spot to sit. The terrace is protected by perhaps
the highest safety fence at any speedway in New Zealand - it's
massive. Other areas are also good with enough banking to provide
fans with a good view regardless of seating position.
Classes run - Superstocks, Stockcars, Adult Ministocks, Youth Ministocks, Sidecars, Production Saloons
Uniqueness - Wanganui is an egg shaped track with a very tight
turn 1 & 2 followed by a sweeping turn 3 & 4. Turn 1 & 2 is where it
all happens. It's an impossibility for a large field to get through
the corner without some sort of action unfolding. The entrance is
tight and the exit is even tighter, numerous cars found the wall exiting
turn 2 when Percy was in attendance. Overall the track is one of the
more pleasant to spectate at.