Eastern Courier : January 19th 2011
5 EASTERN COURIER, JANUARY 19, 2011 NEWS Best of Fresh for Less Dannemora 345 Chapel Road Pakuranga 290 Ti Rakau Dr Botany 280 Botany Rd Howick 219 Moore St Normal trading hours Mon - Sun 7.30am - 6.30pm. 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In tandem: Auckland Blokart Club vice-president Graham Ingall of Howick is chased by Cameron Butler from Beachlands during a race at Ardmore Airport. Blokarting is one of Auckland's better kept sporting secrets. Land sailing is a sim- pler description of the sport and there's only one club in Auckland that does it. It's the Auckland Blo- kart Club and it's nestled at a site between Papa- kura and Clevedon at Ardmore Airport. It's a relatively new club because the sport in New Zealand is still in its infancy. Records of land sailing go back as far as the Egyptians but it only took off in New Zealand when hang-glider and land sailor Paul Beckett of Papamoa felt the need for a wind-powered toy. He wanted a vehicle that was fun, fast and didn't need a trailer. And it had to be compact. What Beckett came up with was the blokart, a three-wheeled go-kart with a mast and a sail. It weighs about 35kg. A blokart runs much like a sailboat does on water. The sail's con- trolled by a sheet rope and the steering is done with the hands. Speedwise the three- wheeled fliers go faster than the wind that powers them -- twice, even three times as fast. They can reach up to 60kmh out at Ardmore but on the better tracks and given the right wind conditions they can belt along at 90kmh. The Auckland Blokart Club boasts a member- ship of 80, including 40 hardcore racers. Members travel from the North Shore, west Auckland and Hamilton to practise and race. Beckett, who comes up from Papamoa to race, is the club's most famous member. He's one of two world champions who call the Ardmore track home. He won the super heavyweight title at the world championship in Belgium in October. The other champion is Russell Harry of Howick. He won the heavyweight title at the same event. Both are in their mid- 50s and each competed in as many as 20 races to clinch their titles. Club vice-president Graham Ingall was smit- ten with the blokart the first time he tried one out five years ago. The principles are pretty much the same as sailing only you're sail- ing on land.'' But you don't have to have sailed on water to master this sport, Ingall says. It's relatively simply to learn. Once you acquire the basic skills, you get better and better with practice.'' And as dangerous as it might look blokarting is quite safe. There's no chance of being tipped out of the cab during a flip because a safety belt keeps a driver harnessed in at all times. And while karts are known to lose it, they never turn turtle on their drivers. The mast and the frame absorb the impact. Blokarting is a sport that appeals to adults but that's about to change. A youth develop- ment programme has seen the club taking the sport to the schools, Ingall says. Some 60 students were involved in last year's pro- gramme. Club days are on Sundays at Ardmore but there are non-race days where informal self- handicap racing is held. Competitive racing is also a big part of the club's activities. It runs three races a year and also competes against other clubs. But one of the biggest attractions for members is racing at Ninety Mile Beach. They hold that event twice a year and each runs over three days. Email president@abc. gen.nz or secretary@ abc.gen.nz for details. CAMERAMAN'S DREAM By ALAN APTED Blokarts were always a picture just wait- ing to be taken for photographer Simon Watts. He's often seen these sailboats on wheels haring around the tarmac at Ardmore Airport near his Clevedon home and made a mental note to shoot them one day. They challenged the photographer in him. He's a well-known Auckland photographer who's shot everything from the Commonwealth Games in India to test matches involving the All Blacks, the Black Caps and the Kiwis. Sports photography is his forte but those fast-paced blokarts racing around the tarmac at 50kmh were something new. Now Watts is thinking seriously about becoming a familiar face at Ardmore Airport. One ride is all it took to go from wanting to photograph blokarts to wanting to take up the sport. ''It was a blast,'' the 34-year-old says. ''The speed, the wind in yourface--itwasa real buzz. It was pretty fast and by all accounts, from what I've been told, quite easy to learn. It was probably a bit more than I expected to be honest.'' Watts has sailed before -- but in a boat. ''The big difference is blokarts are a lot easier to learn and to handle.''
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