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Fanga Dan, Hayden Paddon headline 60th anniversary at Waimate 50

Sixty years is an amazing feat for any motorsport event let alone a street race in a small town of 3,000 people, but the Waimate 50 has managed to stand the test of time.


This year the annual Waimate 50 Motorsport Club celebrate its 60th anniversary in style with a huge line-up of national icons in attendance.


Organisers of the Waimate 50 are excited to announced former World Rally Championship star Hayden Paddon as one of the headliner at this year’s event. Paddon had his first taste of the Waimate streets last year and is back again for 2019.


“We’re really looking forward to this year’s Waimate 50 taking the sport to the people and putting on a show,” Paddon said.



Paddon in the hillclimb-spec Hyunda i20 rally car at last year's Waimate 50 / Photo: Tony Crossed


While excitement is high it’s not yet known what Paddon will drive and what categories within the event he will compete in. Disciplines are still to be announced but will cater to both cars and bikes like in years gone by.


Paddon recently acquired a brand-new Hyundai i30 N TCR car meaning an invite to the Ellis Lea Invitational Race is not off the cards. However, with his Hyundai i20 AP4 set to get a makeover before the event, that car could come back sporting a similar outfit seen at the nearby Ashley Forest Rallysprint.


One thing is for certain, there’s no doubting the local Geraldine star will put an amazing show on for the fans. 


The other big-name returning in 2019 is that of Whangarei-based driver ‘Fanga’ Dan Woolhouse. The two-time D1NZ National Drifting Championship title winner is backed by Ford New Zealand and will be bringing down the very angry wheel-popping Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-D to compete in a new revived drift show on the Saturday night.



'Fanga' Dan Woolhouse and his Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-D will be a star attraction / Photo: Danny Wood


Fanga always brings an amazing talent pool from the North Island and there’s a good chance that this year will be the strongest contingency ever seen at an event for championship title holders.


“It’s a great privilege to bring some of New Zealand’s best and most successful drifters down to the historic Waimate 50 this year,” Woolhouse said.


“Not only to attend one of the country’s most iconic motor racing events but to compete alongside so many long standing legends is truly special.


“It’s a real credit to the organisers who are have kept New Zealand’s longest standing street race alive and kicking while watching it adapt and develop over the years.


“I’m proud to have been given the opportunity to be an ambassador for the event over the years. This year is a obviously a huge milestone for them turning 60 and we will be bringing a new drift show with a massive line up of drivers to celebrate on the streets of Waimate come October.”



The drift demonstration is a recent addition to the Waimate 50 street race / Photo: Tony Crossed


The iconic festival that takes months for the local volunteer committee to build and is set for 26-27 October 2019.


A whole host of new features for the 60th anniversary are set to be announced in the coming months.