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Welcome to Oceanview Speedway
Naming Rights

The Wanganui Stockcar and Speedway Club has confirmed its naming rights sponsor for the 2016-17 season.

 Supercheap Autos came on board as our naming rights sponsor last season, and we are delighted to confirm that the company has agreed to sponsor the speedway for a second season.

 The 2016-17 speedway season is getting closer every day, with the race season at Supercheap Autos Oceanview Speedway due to kick off on Sunday 23nd October at 3pm. Big thanks to Supercheap Autos for partnering with the Club once again.

New Season Race Calendar 2016/17

Our calendar is now on the Race Calender tab

All details for each meeting will be announced at a later date

We are happy to annouce that Elite Mechanical  have come on board again and will sponsor the Stockcars.  We will be running the Elite Stockcar Challenge over the entire season.  Written rules to follow before the season starts.

Membership sign up

Tonight all intended Oceanview competitors for 2016-17 are invited to come to the clubrooms from 6.30pm for

Driver Sign-up and SNZ licensing.

We also give club members advance notice that there will be a working bee at the track on Sunday 18th September at 11am.






 We would l

ove to have a good turnout of members and helpers, and after next


Tuesday night's committee meeting we will have a list of what needs to be done, and what tools you might want to bring along.

Remembering Charile

Remembering Charlie Berntsen 

On 13 October this year, the family and friends of "Big Bad" Charlie Berntsen will mark the first anniversary of his sad passing.

Although Charlie's racing career began in Palmerston North, he was an integral part of Oceanview Speedway from the very beginning.

He helped to build the toilet blocks at the track, and on Opening Day, won the very first race on the new track. He captained the first Wanganui Warriors team,

and of course won the New Zealand Stockcar Championships in 1982, at Oceanview, of course. 

The Wanganui Stockcar and Speedway Club is keen to celebrate Charlie's long association with the Club. Charlie was the Club's Patron at the time of his death,

and the wake after his funeral service was held in our clubrooms. The Club has held discussions with Charlie's wife Ann and the family, and it was decided last night that the

clubrooms will be renamed the Charlie Berntsen Clubrooms.. And as an added nod to Charlie, the bar area will be renamed the Brew 22 Bar. Younger readers may

not get the significance of this, but those of us who watched the early days of Stockcars in Palmerston North and Wanganui will remember Charlie's infamous Brew 22 car. 

Whilst we are still to finalise the season calendar for Oceanview Speedway for the 2016-17 season, one date is now set in concrete; Sunday 16th October. On this day

we will celebrate Charlie's long involvement with the Wanganui club, and the official renaming of the clubrooms will take place. Thanks to a suggestion from new Patron Bob Smith,

we are also planning a True Legends Day, where some of those drivers who raced in Charlie's era (1963 to 1984) will be invited to come to Oceanview Speedway and turn a few

laps for old time's sake. We are hoping that the Golden Oldies clubs will turn up and make some cars available, so that those of us who can remember how things were back

in the day can have our memories refreshed, and the younger generation can see some of the heritage of the sport on display. 

We have chosen this weekend because of its proximity to the date of Charlie's death, but also because Palmerston North Speedway will open on the Saturday night,

and those who have battled withdrawal symptoms over the winter can get a double fix of speedway that weekend, as well as celebrating the life of a speedway legend. 

More details will follow in due course, but mark this date in your calendar now. The Charlie Berntsen Trophy for Stockcars will still be contested, but at a stand-alone

meeting later in the season.


Sunday 24th report

 Podjursky Triumphs in West Coast Champs


By Tony Stuart


It was the turn of the Superstocks to take top billing at Supercheap Autos Oceanview Speedway on Sunday. The class has been plagued by low numbers this season, but a strong 12-car field was on hand for the West Coast Superstocks.

In addition, three Memorial titles were up from grabs, one in each heat, for the late Noel Kensington, George Podjursky and Craig Heibner. These titles are always keenly contested, and this year was no exception.

Cars from Christchurch, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington and Stratford were on hand to battle the locals. In the first heat Bevan Humphrey (54V) streaked away from his front row grid to win comfortably from Mitch Vickery (26S) and Kerry Podjursky (56VN). As well as taking maximum points in the championship, Humphrey won the Noel Kensington Memorial.

In the second heat and George Podjursky Memorial, Christchurch visitor Malcolm Ngatai (19C) got the jump ahead of Podjursky, who was desperate to win the race in memory of his late father. Podjursky chased Ngatai hard for the whole race, but couldn’t reel the former 1NZ driver in.

After two heats Bevan Humphrey led on 22 points followed by Podjursky (21), Vickery (20), Ngatai (19) and 23V Scott Duncan (17). This set up a fascinating final heat, with Vickery on the front row, and Podjursky and Humphrey back in the field.

Mitch Vickery led out the third heat, but he was blocked by 25B Kairyn O’Brien entering the front straight on the third lap and Podjursky took the lead. Vickery recovered, and he and Ngatai took off in pursuit of the leader. 

Just as they were gaining ground, Vickery and Ngatai came together at the exit to turn 2, and Humphrey almost rolled as he vaulted over the front of the 19C car. Duncan, sitting in fifth place shot past the other three cars, bringing him into podium contention.

As the laps counted down no one could catch the flying Podjursky who took the race, the Craig Heibner Memorial, and the West Coast Superstock title with 33 points. Duncan came home in second to claim third place in the championship, and veteran Bob Smith held on for third. Bevan Humphrey came home in fourth place and picked up enough points to give him second place in the championship.

Kerry Podjursky is a household name in the sport, but is usually associated more with influencing the outcome of races rather than winning. But on Sunday his tank was humming, and his victory was both richly deserved and very popular. With local cars taking the first three placings in the West Coast championship, there were some very happy locals at the conclusion of the meeting.

A good field of Stockcars gathered for Round 3 of the Elite Mechanical Stockcar Challenge. The highlight of the first two heats was the ongoing battle between 2NZ Dion Mooney and 82V Dennis Black which began at the previous meeting. 

It wasn’t until the final heat that Mooney and Black decided to race instead of trying to eliminate one another, and when they did Mooney took out the race to consolidate his lead in the points. Nicky Johnston (32R) and Shane Kells (87V) took out the first two races, with Blair Lockett (89V) and Ron Tye (99V) picking up multiple minor placings.

The Elite Mechanical Series is run on aggregate points over four rounds, so when it concludes next weekend, Dion Mooney is bound to find himself the centre of attention one way or the other, with big money up for grabs to the outright winner.

The season is fast drawing to a close, but there are still two meetings to go. All classes will race on Saturday 30th April starting at 6pm, and there will be a second meeting on Sunday 1st May, concluding with a Demolition Derby.

It has been a long season, but it is finishing on a very high note. 

Vulcans new logo

The Wanganui Vulcans would like to congratulate Andrew McHugh for his winning design.

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We are on Twitter

If you are on twitter feel free to follow the tweets of the local drivers 

Site is updated by Tony Stuart.



How the Points System Operates

Points are allocated for ALL races up to a maximum of 6 points.  

Standard Races:

1st =  6; 2nd = 5; 3rd = 4; 4th = 3; 5th = 2; 6th = 1  

Feature Races:

1st =  6; 2nd = 5; 3rd = 4; 4th = 3; 5th = 2; 6th = 1  

Grand Slam Races: (not included in overall points)

1st =  6; 2nd = 5; 3rd = 4; 4th = 3; 5th = 2; 6th = 1

Points are allocated to the driver of a vehicle not the vehicle itself.

Feature Points are included in the overall season points as well as being recorded separately.

Stockcars/Superstocks - when these two classes race together in a Standard or Feature Race, they are awarded points as per their placings per class.  For example if Supers finish 1, 2, 5, 6 , they will be awarded points as 6, 5, 3, and 1.

If Stockcars finish 3, 4,  in the same race, they will also be awarded points as 6, 5.  

The Grand Slam allocates its own points and these are awarded as per the placings regardless of class (Stockcars or Superstocks.)

When a Championship is run at a meeting (West Coast Champs or Charlie), no points will be awarded OR if the Teams are away on a race meeting No points will be awarded

Losing track of points can occur when Drivers swap vehicles during a Race Meeting and don't notify the Office Staff.


Photos from the track can be found at the link below.  If you would like to order a copy or two, private message on the page and let us know.  There will be an album on site at the Souvenir Hutt in weeks to come,


Photo's are courtesy of PS3 photography 


InterIsland Ferry Crossings

For any Speedway drivers/members that intend to cross the waters this year, the awesome guys at Interislander have put together a great discount deal for you.  All you have to do is book by contacting Tony on 021 726 711 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and he will help you out.

You dont have to pay till you arrive at the terminal.  Driver free with vehicle.  If you can't make your crossing, just let him know, they will put you on the next available crossing.  

For more details please contact Tony on the above number or email. 



www.cookstraitcrossings.co.nz are now 

Speedway NZ’s ferry crossing partner for the 2014/15 season.

Their great rates and generous terms and conditions that are available for all members of the speedway community,

Passengers:   Adults $39.53      Child (0-17 years) $22.89

Cars, Utes & Vans

Kaitake $103

Arahura/Aratere $114.44


Kaitake $22.89

Arahura/Aratere $36.50

Trailers up to 5.5m

Kaitake $132.13

Arahura/Aratere $143.57

Each extra metre or part thereof $40

Trucks, motorhomes etc per metre, including 1 passenger, meal & cabin

Kaitake $49.94

Arahura/Aratere $55.14

To book, visit their website or contact Tony directly on 021 726 711. 

Club Postal Address & Email Address

The Secretary
Wanganui Stockcar & Speedway Club Inc
PO Box 4214


5 Grey Street


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