THE 1999/2000 TEAM
This team was what I would like to say 'unbeatable'. The team consisted of the following drivers: -
Carlos Chesnutt (64A)
Blu Rawiri (97A)
Shane Bessant (19A)
Paul vazey (35A)
Peter Church (66A)
The Teams Nationals - Waikaraka Park 01st/02nd December 2000
Qualifying for the Alleycats Results
Auckland Alleycats vs Waikato Invitation - Alleycat win (66A Peter Church)
Auckland Alleycats vs Kihikihi Crusaders - Alleycat win (35A Paul Vazey)
Auckland Alleycats vs Palmerston Pumas - Puma Win (10P Murray West)
The Rascals got the jump off the pole with 86R Bill Kejzer stealing the early lead but not without fear as he had Paul Vazey (35A) and Peter Church (66A) hot on his trail. 7R Steve Orr took Vazey and Bessant hard into the wall but during this hot manoeuvre put himself hard into the wall resulting in a knee injury for Orr. After the incident Vazey was still mobile with not much damage and Bessant had steering damage but this didnt stop the 19A machine from following through with his blocking duties against the Rascals. The Alleycat team captain Carlos Chesnutt got the best of the Rascals by stirrin up the leader of the race 86R for a lap then spinning him on the straight which allowed Church to take the lead and take the chequered flag for an Auckland win.
As the alleycats came out onto the track, many eyes were surprised to see Blu Rawiri back out after the night before. Rawiri had major body and mechanical damage but somehow got it all going again for the finals (true team support aye). As the race started Pumas had the pole with 18P taking the lead Rawiri in behind. Vazey and Chesnutt did a fantastic job of blocking the Pumas. Chesnutt took the leader of the race 18P to the infield allowing Rawiri to take the lead. The whole race was a big heart jumper for the crowd and as Rawiri came around the bend to take the chequered flag horns and screams could be heard from afar. The sportsmanship of the Pumas came out as they took the Alleycars around on there cars for the victory lap (Good ol Pumas!). I have to say this was one of the best races I have ever watched and one I will not forget soon.