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Important information that you need to know:
The Pits radio station can be heard in many different ways. Listed below are the ways to best listen to the streams that we provide. If you are in Invercargill, then you can tune up to the 107.7fm on your radio. we are low powered FM and may not be heard in all areas. Alternately you can go to one of the following:
Mobile Phones and iPads/iPhones: go to your Playstore (if on Android) or App Store (if on apple). Search Tunein and when result comes, download it. Once open, go to the search in program and type in the pits. It will then start.
You can also go direct to the Tune In
web site where you can listen no
problem at all:
The 3rd way is if you have a media player on your computer. Winamp seems to be the most popular. By clicking the link below, this will just load your player only and the stream will start:
22/10/14 Not far to the season starts and also not far to we do a huge update on the web site. Keep an eye on what it is we are up to. Also uploaded tonight's show. Head to the OnDemand section to hear the latest show.
8/10/14 Another show has been uploaded. Don't forget to go to the OnDemand section and have a listen if you couldnt listen live. Next week, we hot seat Maurice Cowling. Catch you all then.
1/10/14 Uploaded tonight's speedway show
24/09/14 Uploaded tonight's show. Head to the OnDemand section to listen.
17/9/14 Uploaded this weeks The Pits Speedway Show.
10/9/14 Uploaded tonights show. Hit the OnDemand section to listen if you missed out.
Speedway is coming to New Zealand TV!!!
Well what a busy off season it has been for Jase and The Pits Media NZ, as there was an opportunity that came up that couldn't be over looked. I would like to take some of your time to explain what it is we have been up to and hope that many of the people that read this will fully understand what this could mean for Speedway, its drivers, it tracks and an opportunity to attract more sponsors and advertisers.
In Invercargill, we have been very lucky to have a local television that covers the whole nation regardless of where you are. Over the years, Cue television have put together a state of the art OB truck (Outside Broadcast truck). The purpose of this was to record and play local club rugby live on TV for the province to watch. The OB Truck has been parked up for a little over 8 months and it was decided by Cue that it did not benefit them to have it anymore. The vehicle was offered to The Pits Media NZ. A meeting was set up and the end result is that The Pits Media NZ has now purchased the vehicle. The original intent of the vehicle was to do live video streaming from tracks in order to be able to promote the speedway, drivers and sponsors. Having spent a large amount of time trying to come up with a workable business model for live streaming, I came to the conclusion that going forward, this would not be a good thing for speedway. it was apparent that the only people that would buy a stream would be speedway people. At the same time your streaming, there could potentially be another 6-8 tracks running around New Zealand, which would have the very people you wanted to sell to, watching their local speedway at their local track. Another downside came up when we were discussing with tracks about live streaming. Many were concerned that it could potentially take bums of seats and the effects of this could be more wide spread than first thought. If the weather was not so good at the track and someone 200km decided that they don't need to take the risk because they could watch the stream live, whereas before, they would of taken that risk. Not only does the track miss out on this, but so does the coffee person, the hot dog stand and the sponsors. Another point that was made was in order to do a good live stream, you must first have good internet at both the track you are streaming from and the customer that's watching it. It has been proven over the years that this is not always going to go to plan. Even if the customer was the one with the lack of internet speed, they would still blame everyone else except for themselves and make it public. And finally, it is not introducing new sponsors, people or advertisers to speedway. So another plan had to be thought of, tested and implemented. Below is what The Pits Media NZ have done over the off season and hope that people can see the potential of what it is that has been done. We also hope that we get the support that we need to make it work.
After buying the truck from Cue, We returned back to Cue television and asked them what the potential would be to put Speedway on the TV. They said that for an reasonable fee, we would be able to do this. We also called other television networks and all were happy to play the content we supplied at a time that suited them and for only 1 hour. But in fact it wasn't 1 full hour... it was 41 mins. The rest of the hour was made up with their ads. The hour would seem rushed and not suitable for the magazine style that we had planned. Another thing for us was to be able to play special events with an option to take on a 2-3 hour broadcast allowing the full meet to unfold. We then went back to Cue Television, and after 3 days of negotiating came out with a mutual agreement that would benefit both parties. It was decided that there would be a 2 hour weekly show starting from January 2015 and will feature 1 hour of content from the North Island and then 1 hour of content from the South Island. There is also provisions for extra time for special events. The content from the shows would be filmed by the crews but would be delayed by a week and a half to allow of editing of footage ready for broadcast. All footage would be screened by the Producer of the show to insure a professional product reaches TV. Bookings for tracks would be by way of a first in first served basis and no tracks will be discriminated against as long as they could produce at least 3 good fields of cars to insure that the show would have more than just the main event content. It was very important for us to be able to take a large amount of the cost away from the tracks. This has been achieved by buying a full 120 mins with the blessing of Cue Television to run our own ads. In a 2 hour show, we would be having a ad break every 15 mins or so and run 4-6 ads at that time. We have had a large amount of interest in the ads due to it being able to reach a national market and a hugely reduced price in comparison to national television rates.
More about this will be revealed as we get closer to the season including the format etc. Heres hoping we can make this work and we get the support we need.
3/9/14 Another show finds its way to the OnDemand service and this weeks show had some awesome interviews to listen to. Enjoy!
We will be making an announcement on The Pits website in a week and a halfs time as we give everyone the low down on what it is we are up to. Keep an eye out for that.
26/08/14 Graham Williamson X Factor cars in Association with Cleanways 2003 LTD bring to you the first ever Southern Saloon Slam! The Slam will be held at 3 tracks in the Deep South and is a way for all the saloons from the South Island to get together and put their skills up with some of the best in the South.
Starting off in Cromwell on the 1st of January, The Slam will have one of the richest prize pools ever offered for any Saloon event outside of the NZ Title in this country and promises to give both driver and spectator and element of top saloon racing in the lower south and to top it all off every driver will collect some prize money at the end of the series. The seires then moves on to Dunedin on the 10/1/2015 giving the Dunedin locals an opportunity to see soem top noptch saloon racing in their own back yard. The Series will finish up in Invercargill later in the season. With The Slam going throughout the season, it will be a test to both driver and car to front up to every meeting to be in to make a claim to the $4000,00 first place prize.\
If your a driver and are interested in entering the saloon, click below to download your entry form. Entry is only $100.00 and all proceeds from the entries goes into the prize pool. Entries are limited to just 22 cars. So get in quick.
Payment of $100 will only be accepted by electronic banking only and you must email email@example.com for the account details. Don't leave this to the last minute... ACT NOW!!!!
Entries close 12 Noon 12/9/14
20/08/14 Update to upload tonight's show. Good chat to Bryan Hartley from Hartley Race engines and also to Steve Lennon - Woodford Glen Promoter.
The web site will be having a major update over the next week with the news that we have released announcing the new T.V Show starting in January 2015. Stay tuned for details on this.
Saloon Slam is coming soon. Entry forms will be available from this site within the next day or 2. Dates for this event have been confirmed. Below are the dates.
Cromwell - 1/1/2015
Dunedin - 10/1/2015
Invercargill - 14/4/14
More details to follow.
13/08/14 Update to upload tonights show.
On Wednesday the 20th of August 2014, The Pits Media NZ will be making an announcement. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and our web site for developments as they become available.
6/08/14 Big show was had last night with an extra interview added in late in the piece. Sit back and enjoy a nice long show. Big thanks to all my guests.
The Pits will be making an announcement for the new season that will blow a few people away. We look forward to sharing some fantastic news with you in a few weeks time.
But for now.. enjoy the show by going to the OnDemand section.
30/7/14 Uploaded tonights show. Find out about the Southern Saloon Slam.. We catch up with 1nz Streetstock Paul Simon and talk to 492i Campbell McManaway. Head to the OnDemand section of the web site to listen.
23/7/14 It was 1 nz night on The Pits this week. Check out the OnDemand section to listen to interviews from the best in the business.
16/7/14 Uploaded the first of the 1NZ shows and Chev Taniwha. Click OnDemand to listen to these interviews. Next week we carry on with the 1NZ show and we catch up with Shane Penn, Mark Osborne, Luke Keegan and all the rest of the best of the best. Tune in Wednesday night from 6.30pm only on The Pits
9/7/14 Uploaded tonights show. Big thanks to RJ Contracting for supporting the 2nz show.
4/7/14 Speedway is full of debates this off season and another issue to have raised its ugly head is the one involving Super Saloon engine issues. There is a rule in the rule book that is going to be tidied up. The main issue seems to stem from the Ford Cornett engines which appear to have different valve angles than they should prompting people to say that they are illegal. Many arguments say that the Super Saloon engine should be able to run any modification that anyone sees fit as long as you don't go over 434 cubic inches. But then a few paragraphs down, you see it say about these valve angles. Bit silly really, so the most obvious approach would be to delete the rule. This simply means that no one has to spend any money to carry on racing. However, if they enforce the rule, then there is some people that are going to have very expensive off season rebuilds to bring it in to line with the rule. In really makes no sense to me that a SUPER Saloon is governed by rules that seem a little outdated to me. If you want rules and regulations, then wouldnt it make sense to move across to the Saloon class where there is plenty of rules. But for what ever reason, there is a group of people that dont want this rule removed from the rule book. I respect their opinions, but one would have to think very hard about their logic. Below is a email sent in to me by Ray Stewart. Perhaps this man is better at explaining it than some of the other nonsense I have heard. Send you opinion to firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposed Rule Changes for Super Saloon’s.
Valve Angle Rule T11-1-2(b).
Delete the entire rule.
Ie valve angle open.
1/ There are so many different OEM valve angles that they will be impossible to police. I haven’t seen an angle checked for many years.
2/ The new Chev LS7 OEM valve angle is 11-13 degree so negates the old 23 deg valve angle.
A Nissan/Toyota V6 or V8 or my FJ20, all have differing OEM valve angles but not mentioned in the rules.
A Ford Cleveland 9 deg head on a Windsor block that runs 21 deg is actually illegal according to the rules but they are raced in this fashion.
The Cleveland head at 9 degrees and the 23 deg Chev are miles apart but actually no difference on the track.
A certain valve angle does not make any car a winner
3/ The recent batch of canted valve Ford cars have not won any title of note so they are not dominant.
Lower horsepower cars have proven more beneficial and winning more races.
4/ Because there are more Chevs the vote is biased towards the Chev owners who are running 23 degree heads and believe they maybe disadvantaged.
This would in fact be a vote by the Chev owners in favour of the Chev owners and actually excludes the rest. Mob rule.
This is like two wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
5/ No one will be disadvantaged.
Nothing has to change as it stands.
We will all continue to race what we currently have with the mixture of so called Ford 800 hp cars that are not winning any more races than other brands.
If the Fords become illegal then at least a dozen or more motors will need to be rebuilt at some cost, where as if the valve angle is open there is no cost to anyone.
If the rule is OEM then a Chev LS7 motor is OEM at I think 11 deg so all that would happen is we change to a LS7. I checked on this last year and was informed I could run this motor and valve angle as OEM.
There are so many different valve angles across all the different brands of motors that it will be impossible to police. Where to start and stop. My Nissan ran 7 deg valves. Dodge is 15 or 18, Chev 23 or 11, Toyota 13 etc etc and so on.
What does it matter what the valve angle is. There are 780hp Chevs, same for Ford. Some of the fastest Supers this year were 620-650hp. Grant and Steve Flynn and Fluffy showed up the big hp cars. No one car is dominant with hp.
If the valve angle was open nothing would change. I have 2 x Chev 23 deg motors and will not all of a sudden change to a different set of heads.
No one will be disadvantaged if open valve angle but if forced to change the Fords are looking at around $10,000+ or so to change. This should also include the Cleveland/Windsor arrangement.
This issue will arise again in the future so why not fix it now and make the valve angles open.
More rules mean more problems and open valve angle is one less rule to police.
The valve angle is not so easy to check on and is very seldom looked at.
The Ford Cleveland/Windsor question has been on the agenda before and passed as okay so why are we here again? I don’t think they are legit.