Establishing a cement 130 x 80m all-weather track is a big dream for Blokart Hawke’s Bay, so NZCT's grant of $10,000 is very welcome to make this wish come true.
Blokart Hawke’s Bay was formed in 2013 to support locals who want to blokart together and to grow the sport. The club has been looking for a suitable piece of land on which to establish a blokart track. John Marshall, Club President of Blokart Hawke’s Bay, explains this has been quite challenging as the speed of the blokarts requires a large piece of land.
"Luckily, we have overcome that obstacle already," says John. "This year the club successfully negotiated a lease of 32000m2 from the Napier City Council. We have been through the resource consent process and have designed a track which will be 130 x 80m in size or 10,400m2. The track will involve significant earthworks and drainage including 3000 tonnes of gravel and 100 tonnes of cement."
Creation of a blokart track is, according to John, a fantastic asset for Napier and Hastings. The club's vision is to obtain a fleet of hire karts for public use, for inter-school sailing and which could be used by companies for team building and staff social activities. Blokart Hawke’s Bay would also like to host regional and national competitions that would bring revenue and people to Hawke’s Bay.
"The budget for the track is around $100,000, and we have raised $78,000 so far. We will use NZCT's grant for the purchase of cement, track base course materials and earthworks for the blokart track. We are working hard to get the remaining amount as quickly as possible so that we can start with the construction of the track."