Waitati School principal Heidi Hayward prepares to do
battle with (from left) Logan Park High School teacher Andy
Parsons, Mornington School principal Brent Caldwell, Big
Rock School principal David Grant and Green Island
assistant principal Aaron Warrington, at Beachlands
Speedway. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Five principals, an assistant principal and two teachers
will drive like they are being chased by Novopay tomorrow night
when they line up to race at Beachlands Speedway.
Throwing caution - and their pride - to the wind, Big Rock
School principal David Grant, Concord School principal Steve
Turnbull, Green Island assistant principal Aaron Warrington,
King's High School teacher Richard McNaught, Logan Park High
School teacher Andy Parsons, Mornington School principal
Brent Caldwell, Palmerston School principal Gareth Taylor and
Waitati School principal Heidi Hayward have confirmed they
will be in the starting line-up. However, it appears some are
treating the race more seriously than others.
Defending champion Brent ''Born to be Mild'' Caldwell said,
despite his nickname, he was relishing another opportunity to
get behind the wheel and create mayhem on the race track.
''The secret to my success is a lead foot. I've always been a
driven person. I think if I'm being followed by someone in a
car from National Standards or Novopay, I'm going to drive
like a madman.''
At the other end of the spectrum is Miss Hayward.
In the past, she was known as ''Crash Bandicoot'' for her
driving skills. She was not looking forward to driving a
''I'm not looking forward to it at all. I'm going to be
clutching the steering wheel. You're not allowed to wear
nylon underwear or footwear, just yucky old overalls. So
that's scary in itself.
''This is a nightmare for me.''
Beachlands Speedway vice-president Matt Stewart said the
educators would be driving stripped-down six-cylinder Holden
Commodores and Ford Falcons, equipped with roll cages, which
were capable of reaching 100kmh on the small oval dirt
Hundreds of pupils and parents are expected to watch their
school's representative in the annual event, he said.