Eastern States Speedway
Location - Normally referred to as Blenheim, the track isn't in
Blenheim but is 10km away near the small settlement of Renwick. From
Blenheim take SH6 to Nelson. Soon enough you will come into Renwick. Ideally
you would hang a right into Old Renwick Road but unfortunately a right
hand turn is not permitted. So keep on driving through Renwick and out
the other side. About 3/4 of the way down the first straight after Renwick
you will see a sign showing you where the track is. Turn right into the
gravel road which will take you to the track.
Parking - Was beside the track and a gold coin donation was required
which got Percy into a draw of some description. Percy didn't win. There
did appear to be a few locals who parked outside the proper carpark. The
spot appeared to be behind the pit area on Old Renwick Road.
Premiere Meeting - It would be easier to find a needle in a haystack
than to find the premier event on the Blenheim calendar. May the Easter
meeting on the Friday night? That could attract a large number of cars
given Nelson runs the Saturday and Sunday.
Also worth attending - DHL South Island Saloon series looks to be the
best of the rest.
Best spot to sit - The spectator area suffers from a lack of height
and finding a good position can prove problematic. Percy was also in
attendance at a major championship which doesn't help judging where the
best place may lie for a normal attendance. Given the safety fence I'd take
a punt at sitting on the straight between turns 2 and 3, sitting well back
Classes run - Ministocks, Stockcars, Superstocks, Productions
Saloons, Saloons, Super Saloons, Streetstocks, Sidecars, Modifieds.
Uniqueness - Blenheim is like two airport runways joined together
by two relatively tight and slightly banked corners. Yet it is a deceptively
long 422 metres around the pole line which incidentally is the part of the
track you want to be racing on. The track looks like given the right
conditions it would be really good for non-contact classes.