Manukau Courier : January 6th 2011
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If you're 16 or 17, you could be eligible for our FREE one-year Youth Guarantee programme. Call us today to find out! Manukau Campus 8 Puhinui Rd Manukau FREE NZQA REGISTERED & ACCREDITED for 16 & 17 year olds! while staying close to the ground FROM Page 14 Flying: Open track: Auckland Blokart member Ray Kelly hares down the Ardmore airport tarmac. Lift off: Ray Kelly is on two wheels heading into a corner at the Ardmore Airport. 50s and each competed in as many as 20 races to clinch their titles. Club vice-president Graham Ingall was smit- ten with the bokart the first time he tried one out five years ago. The principles are pretty much the same as sailing only you're sail- ing on land.'' But you don't have to have sailed on water to master this sport, Ingall says. It's relatively simple to learn. Once you acquire the basics skills, you get better and better with practice.'' And as dangerous as it might look blokarting is quite safe. There's no chance of being tipped out of the cab during a flip because a safety belt keeps a driver harnessed in at all times. And while karts are known to lose it, they never turn turtle on their drivers. The mast and the frame absorb the impact. Blokarting is a sport that appeals to adults but that's about to change. A youth development programme recently put in place has seen the club taking the sport to the schools, Ingall says. Some 60 students were involved in this year's programme. Club days are on Sundays at Ardmore but there are non-race days where informal self- handicap racing is held. Competitive racing is also a big part of the club's activities. It runs three races a year and also competes in an annual series against the Bay of Plenty and Hamil- ton clubs. But one of the biggest attractions for members is racing at Ninety Mile Beach. They hold that event twice a year and each runs over three days. Email president@abc. gen.nz or secretary@abc. gen.nz for details. Blown away by blokarts By ALAN APTED Blokarts were always a picture just waiting to be taken for photogra- pher Simon Watts. He's often sees these sailboats on wheels haring around the tar- mac at Ardmore Air- port near his Clevedon home and made a men- tal note to shoot them one day. They challenged the photographer in him. He's a well-known Auckland photogra- pher who's shot every- thing from the Com- monwealth Games in India to test matches involving the All Blacks, the Black Caps and the Kiwis. Sports photography is his forte but those fast-paced blokarts racing around the tar- mac at 50kmh were something new. Now Watts, with family and work commitments allowing, is thinking seriously about becoming a fam- iliar face at Ardmore Airport. One ride is all it took to go from wanting to photograph blokarts to wanting to take up the sport It was a blast,'' the 34-year-old says. The speed. The wind in your face. It was a real buzz. It was pretty fast and by all accounts, from what I've been told, quite easy to learn. It was probably a bit more than I expected to be honest.'' Watts has sailed before but in a boat. The big difference is blokarts are a lot easier to learn and to handle. They also a lot cheaper and a whole lot drier. I think I could defi- nitely handle one on my own so I'm going back there for sure.''
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