Dissapointment as bad weather forces cancellation of race meeting

Image result for bad weather SpeedwayFans and competitors at the Oxford Speedway race track were left a disappointed lot after heavy rains forced the cancellation of a recent race meeting. The Queen’s Birthday Weekend Southern Stampede slotted for the weekend of June 16 had to be pushed ahead due to severe weather conditions.

The announcement was made on the race track’s social media pages where it was communicated that the next event would be held on July 15- again, if the weather allows. The news was met with cries of disappointment from people who were clearly anticipating the event, with a good number tagging their friends to come to witness the bad news.

The harsh weather was not totally unexpected. The track’s management had announced during the week that they were putting extra supports in the clubrooms in anticipation of the predicted snow. They had even pushed the move from Saturday to Sunday in the hope that things would improve before then, but it was not to be, eventually.

Palatable disappointment

Despite New Zealand being a largely fair weather nation, weather extremes are not an uncommon occurrence. The same track has had to cancel meets numerous times before. That does not in any way make the disappointment less palatable whenever such an unfortunate event occurs.

Speedway racing has become a borderline cultural activity in the small farm town in North Canterbury, with almost half of the entire population attending races at a time. The closure of the venue for five months in 1995 proved to be one of the most boring periods for most race lovers.

The little race track offers a lovely outdoor platform for Oxford people to gather and interact with entire families, besides enjoying the thrill of witnessing first-hand drivers of all categories go up against each other in different categories. Still, it is unlikely that any resident would want the track to be made less tough.

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