When I woke up on Saturday morning, I had no idea that in a matter of hours, I would be flying along a dirt track at 100kmh, swinging around corners as cars only centimetres from my door jostled for position.

But that's exactly what happened as I spent what turned out to be a glorious day in the sun, down at the local track on Dawson St for a Whangārei Speedway Club meet.

An emotionless face from a speedway newbie didn't let on the fair amount of nerves I was feeling as I was strapped in next to speedway legend Rex Roycroft (left). Photo / John Stone
An emotionless face from a speedway newbie didn't let on the fair amount of nerves I was feeling as I was strapped in next to speedway legend Rex Roycroft (left). Photo / John Stone

Now, as I've said once before, in an opinion piece after the Rally of Whangārei this year , cars are not much more than a way to

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