The Mini 50 Challenge!!

Labour weekend is nearly here!  For Waimate that means a weekend of action packed events: street racing, burn outs, drifting and after parties.  We will host the fastest street drivers and the most iconic NZ names taking part in the events!

Friday night sees the Kirk Irrigation Harvest Hill-Climb, where drivers race up to the top of the hill on Point Bush Rd,  just past Harvest Bar & Kitchen, and scream back down again.

One lesser known event, held at Harvest at the completion of the ‘hill climb’, is the Kirk Irrigation Mini 50 Challenge.  Technically you don’t even need to be able to drive to compete, but you should probably be pretty handy at changing tyres!

Teams of three compete to get the fastest time changing two tyres on the famous black mini.  It’s a fast and furious event, and a lot of fun to watch.

Harvest is the perfect vantage point to take in the action of the Hill Climb.  We suggest heading up early before the road is closed (road closed from 3pm-7pm but you can still get access up the track off Garlands Rd) and settle in for a night of street racing and tyre changing.   Plus, Harvest will be serving epic sliders all night, the bar will be open of course, and you can dance the night away to live music.

So, what we want to know is - are you up for the challenge? 

It’s not too late to enter a team, grab your fastest tyre changing mates, and challenge your workmates, friends and frenemies.  

We’d love to see at least one team from every area in the District.  Teams can be mixed or single sex, anything goes! 

The McKeown Petroleum Waimate 50 Festival of Motorsport (as it’s formally known) is an event like pretty much no other in the world.  Only a handful of these ‘round-the-houses’ events are still running internationally.  And we have one right here in Waimo!  Let’s get behind it….and have a great time doing so!

To enter a team get in touch with Jo Sutherland on 022 088 7730, or email

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Kirk Irrigation Mini 50 Challenge

Friday October 19 2018

Harvest Bar and Kitchen

The challenge kicks off after the Kirk Irrigation Harvest Hill-Climb, but we recommend heading up early to watch the action from Harvest.

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