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September 2014

We started the month off with a Autocross at Springvale, it was a gorgeous spring day, and after a gap in the calendar people were rearing to go. The times improved throughout the day, with competition getting very tight at the top end and some friendly rivalry ensuing.

As we did last year we are also entering the Blossom Festival Grand Procession Parade on 27th September, as well as a COMC display in the Pioneer park. Thanks to help from Jo at the CODC/Young Driver of the year.

August 2014

August was a quite month for the Club, due to the Highlands event late in July there were no scheduled events for August, this has given us all time to sort out performance and maintenance issues and be all ready for our next event.

July 2014

On 6th July the club saw the introduction of a new autocross venue at Hawea in an open flat gravel pit (thanks to those who sorted out this venue), it was a great to learn to control the cars in the long slide round the corners, everyone had a great deal of fun (see gallery).

On 26th July COMC had a big day with racing at Track C at Highlands, we saw some amazing new cars not seen at previous events (Radical SR3 and Lotus 7). Another popular event run by the club saw a big turn out of 45 drivers for this event (some entrants travelling from Oz, just for the event). Thanks to Dave and Co for a very well run event, we were able to get 5 runs in for the day.

Later that night we held our annual prize giving at the Nose Restaurant, after a wonderful Meal and drinks the following awards were giving (along with other prizes; See Gallery):

Class 1st 2nd 3rd
Class A (0-1600) Paul Keegan C Allison R Visser
Class B (1600-2000) S Gray H Smith M Harrsion
Class C (2000 +) G Galbraith & M Shand M Robinson
Class D (4WD) F How-johns S Taylor C MacAskill
Overall Winner Steve Gray
Rookie of the Year Matthew Owen
Most Improved Driver Terri Taylor
Top Junior Driver Simon Taylor

June 2014

COMC has hasn’t slowed down over the winter months, we started the new race calendar off with a Autocross at Springvale on 7th June (see gallery), it was a good start to the new season, for some 🙂

On 10th June we held our 3rd Annual General Meeting. For a relatively new club we have packed in a lot of successful motorsport events in last couple of years. Well done to all of those involved in running these events and we all look forward to the clubs future in Central Otago.

The committee for the 2014/2015 year was voted as follows:
President: Michael Harrison
Vice President: Nick Dalgety
Secretary/Treasurer: Dave Moreton
Club Captain: Paul Keegan
Risk Management Officer: Steven Hansen
Technical Officer: Steve Gray
Clerk of Course Representative: Ken Galbraith
Event Liaison: Mark Tait
Merchandise Manager / Webmaster: Matthew Shand
Committee Member: Blair Jenkins

May 2014

At the start of the month we had a Track day at Levels Raceway near Timaru. It was great day both the weather and the racing. (See gallery for photos and videos).

It was the last event on the race calendar to gain points for the club competition and some were racing to make it further up the leader board, others were just racing for the fun. It was a great day, enjoyed by everyone.

We have our AGM and prize giving coming up, all are welcome.


April 2014

With the unfortunate cancellation of the Hawkesburn Gravel Event, we were very lucky (on short notice) to organise a Tarseal Motorkhana at Highlands Motorsport pits. This was a great event, with skill and speed being combined to see who could make it around the cone circuit without time penalties (See gallery for pictures and videos), it was an event that could be (and in some cases was) done in the family car.

Over the Easter Weekend there was the Highlands Festival of Speed event, which some of our members volunteered for, adding to our skill base (and the best viewing), as well a number of a members entered the Highlands Fling (with COMC member Paul Bettie claiming 3rd place).

March 2014

This month has been a slightly quieter month for the Club, after the hectic pace of February, which had the organising and running of the Cromwell Street Sprints.

On 23rd March we held an Autocross at Springvale, see Gallery for video clips of a couple of runs, As we did last year, we are also helping with volunteers at the CODC Young Driver of the year (see facebook link and CODC Link) on 26th March and 30th March.


February 2014

It was a busy month as the clubs big event of the year the Cromwell Street Sprints was held on 23rd February, there was a lot of organising and planning by the dedicated Street Sprint committee (huge thanks to Gary, Paul, Corey, Flip and others). Hopefully you may have noticed the articles about the street sprints in the Noticeboard, The CO News and the ODT etc. It was a great event, see you next year!!

As well we held a Hill cross (or is that an auto climb – a combined Hill climb/Autocross) at Springvale on 2nd Feb, everyone who went enjoyed the event, as well as  a great after event social BBQ.

January 2014

Another exciting month for Cromwell with the V8’s coming to Highlands. COMC are involved in providing volunteers around the track and looking forward to a great day.

No monthly meeting in January and we have had 1 new member join this month.

It is a busy month for the organising committee of the COMC Cromwell Street Sprint which takes place in the industrial area of Cromwell on 23rd February. Entries are open for club members and if the field of 50 is not filled, then will be open to other clubs on 25th January. Emails will be sent to club secretaries. Spectators are very welcome to come and watch some great club sprint action from key vantage points – these will be advertised in local media.


December 2013

A great day at Teretonga – thanks to SSCC for the use of their track. Exciting last round for those who dared go out in the pouring rain. Thanks to all the volunteers.

The December monthly meeting on the 10th was down in attendance and we have had 2 new members join this month.

Entries are now open for the Cromwell Street Sprint on February 23rd. This is limited to the first 50 entries, so get yours in now. This is club sport advanced, so cages and MNZ licenses required. Spectators are very welcome to come and watch some great sprint action from key vantage points.