There are many drivers in the history of Taipa Stock and Saloon racing worthy of mention - here are a couple from recent years that have been great ambassadors for Taipa both regionally and nationally...
Roy (Inchman) Walker & Julie Graydon
2012 Roy 'Inchman' Walker
Roy 'Inchman' Walker wins 'hat-trick' of trophies in 2012
Roy 'Inchman' Walker's latest achievement has been to take out the NZ CTRA (Circle Track Racing Association) Limited Saloon title at Whangarei Speedway on Saturday, April 14 2012.
He can now add this to the North Island CTRA and Northland Speedway Championships he won at Taipa earlier in the season.
'It was a good day' he told Northland Age reporter, Frank Malley, in an interview after the event. The national CTRA title was won against a very competitive field featuring some of the best drivers from Kaikohe, Whangarei, Huntly, Auckland, and Bay Park speedways.
Some of you will be aware that Walker changed cars for the start of this season, swapping the former blue beast 355 Chevy, now owned by Taipa Speedway stablemate, Terry Grigg, for a red 365 Chevy, rolling body ex Shane Hick, last winter. He replaced the motor and gearbox in what he called ?a bit of a project? and it has helped him set up the car as an 'investment'
In recent seasons he had found it necessary to race outside Northland in order to be able to gauge where he was at 'against the best of the best' but he says he was still flying the flag 'often chequered' for both Far North speedway, and his beloved Taipa Stock & Saloon Car Club.
2011 Roy 'Inchman' Walker
Taipa 6 March 2011 - CTRA NZ Super Saloons - 2nd Roy Walker
Kaikohe 22 April 2011 - CTRA NI Saloons - 1st Roy Walker
2010 Roy's Overall Season Results
Another successful season for the 'Inchman'
Roy 'Inchman' Walker has finished this season with great results
5th North Island Saloon Championships - Rotorua 31 December 2009 (32 cars entered)
10th New Zealand Saloon Championship - Baypark Speedway Tauranga 1 & 2 January 2010 (6th fastest lap time, from 63 cars entered)
5th Auckland Saloon Champs - Waikaraka Park 23 January 2010
3rd Waikato Saloon Champs, competing against 1,2,3 NZ - none finishing in the top 3 - Huntly 27 February 2010
2nd Speedfest - Best of the Best - Huntly, 16 of the top cars in NZ competing, was only beaten by 2NZ Brent Mcclymont. Race 1 coming from grid 11 to finish 3rd , Race 2 grid 6 to finish 4th , then top points off the front of the feature race 3. Roy was off the front row 2nd highest qualifier, beside 3NZ. He blew him off in the drag race to the first corner and stayed in front for 7 laps, before after several accidents behind, 2NZ finally got passed him. 4/ 100's of a second difference in their fastest lap time's. 15 April 2010
1st NZ Saloon CTRA Championship - Whangarei against 9 cars, coming from the rear of the field, to pass them all and win in the first race, midfield the second race to win and finish 2nd in the third race. 24 April 2010
Roy wouldn't be able to compete without the huge support of his sponsors and crew, which he thanks very much.
Roy won the NZ GP at Kihikihi this year.
The results from Speedfest were published for April which was the last
meeting Roy competed in away before Queens Birthday weekend.
The season ended up in Auckland, for the fewer race meetings Roy
competed in this season, as 3rd for highest points in Race 1 and 2nd=
for the Feature race for the season. So that was a great achievement.
Roy's getting the car ready for the up coming
season with a few changes.
He's looking at this stage to competing in the North Island Champs at
Rotorua Dec 27+28 and the NZ Champs held at Baypark Jan 1+2 2010.
2008 Roy's Overall Season Results
Nth Is Saloon Champs, King Of the Park & Auckland Saloon Champs 2008
Race 1, Roy moved up through the traffic from about grid 7 to finish about 3rd.
He got called up to race control and advised his car was backfiring over the decibel limit. He advised them he could only patch it but would have it fixed properly for the second night?
Race 2 he was doing really well and got to the front again, following a Huntly car backfiring and all over the track. The black flag came out and everyone thought it was for the Huntly car, but no it was for
We were devastated again and thought, man SNZ must have it in for
Sat 29 March - Next race meeting was the King of the Park.(17 cars)
He had nothing to loose and gave everything. He raced hard and fast and got to the front...few positions every time. He was sitting 2nd on points for the feature and drew grid 2 to run off the front with 1 NZ Phil Towgood, what an awesome sight,
Sat 5 April -
Heat 1 he started from last grid 21 and finished 5th. Amazing feat with all those cars and a lot of crashes happened.
Heat 2 started 11th and finished 2nd...another race full of crashes etc.
Heat 3 he was tied on points with Phil Towgood 1NZ, Roy off grid 1 and Phil off grid 4(unfortunately), what a race, Roy led for nearly the first half of the race until a yellow flag came out for an incident then Phil was right there. He made a pass on
On checking the club points
Nth Is Saloon Champs at Huntly - 14 & 15 March.
Roy is entered in North Island Champs at Huntly 14 &15 March
Roy (Inchman) Walker, who was racing at Taipa?s 2 day meet 29 & 30 December 2007, to make sure both his car and himself are performing at their peak, entered the NZ Saloon Car Champs held at Waikaraka Park, 11 & 12 January. (See report from this event below.)
This Chev 355 powered Corvette was purchased during the latter part of 2006 and debuted New Year at Taipa.
Julie Graydon has been racing
With 15-20 cars each race, he has not come through unscathed, and this has resulted in some damage at times.
NZ Saloon Car Champs -
Taipa Stock & Saloon Junior, Daniel De Waal, was the first of the club 'Inchman' supporters aboard the Mobil Coopers Beach, and Far North Marine Brokers, sponsored minivan that travelled to Waikaraka Park last Saturday night to watch the NZ Saloon Car Champs three heat final.
On Friday he had his car scrutineered by Speedway NZ and passed with flying colours.
He was in White group for qualifying heats with 17 cars in total.
Race 1 he was grid 5 and 15 laps long, he was driving very cautiously trying to stay out of trouble and managed to overtake all the cars and finished 1st. All were all thrilled to bits and this relieved the nerves and tension.
Race 2 he was off grid 14 at the back of the field, so was very conscious of keeping his car from any incidents, there was an incident in the race bringing out the yellow flag, which made the field tighten up. He then had the chance to pass numerous vehicles without incident to finish in 8th position. Well done.
All he had to do was finish race 3....
Race 3 he was off grid 8 and was going along well passing some other vehicles in about position 4-5, until a Bay Park car hit him on the pit corner, this was okay until the next lap where this same car hit him in the same place, quite hard and they became tangled together with the other car driving him onto the infield. Other cars went past and then they came free and
He was lying 8th equal from the qualifying races, he needed to be 6th to go through.
This meant he now had to run off in the repercharge race, starting off grid 3. Only the first car went through to qualify for the final NZ Saloon title. He tried for many laps to get past another
The same car that took
As we can all imagine he was gutted. He did so well, and through no fault of his own, did not get the chance to compete for the title.
A special thank you to all his sponsors and crew who helped him and to his support fans in the crowd from the Far North.
The NZ Saloon Car Champs title was won by #48a Phillip Towgood.
Daniel and the crew were entertained by other grades during the evening: ministocks, standard stocks, and the ever exciting and spectacular super stocks, which were lapping as fast as the super saloons amid their throaty roar chaos.
So, maybe next year
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