Addington Raceway

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Addington Raceway in 2004

Addington Raceway or The Met is the home of the Metropolitan Trotting Club in Addington, Christchurch in New Zealand. The venue consists of a trotting track, a greyhound track, conference centre and restaurants. It is also home to many feature harness races such as: The New Zealand Trotting Cup and the Dominion Handicap.

The raceway forms part of a sporting complex that includes Rugby League Park and the CBS Canterbury Arena.

History[edit]

The NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club (NZMTC) was first based at Lancaster Park in Waltham. Charles Louisson, a steward of NZMTC and Mayor of Christchurch at the time,[1] helped to secure land in Addington and in 1899, the club moved to the present site. From 1906 until his death[2] in 1924, he was the president of the NZMTC. The grounds were enlarged during his presidency.[3] The Louisson Handicap was an annual race that was held for many years. Between 1914 and 1923, Louisson annually donated the silver trophy for the New Zealand Trotting Cup, which he had manufactured in England.[4]

Addington Raceway has also hosted the New Zealand Long Track Grand Prix for Motorcycle speedway. It first hosted the GP in 1991 and was won by Kiwi rider Mitch Shirra. It held the event again in 1992 when it was won by German Long Track specialist Gerd Riss (the 1991 Long Track World Champion, Riss would go on to win another 7 Long Track World titles in his career). The last time the track held the event was in 1995 when it was won by another Kiwi, Mark Thorpe.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Hon. Charles Louisson". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand (Canterbury Provincial District). Christchurch: Cyclopedia Company Limited. 1903. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Presidents: NZMTC". Addington Raceway. Archived from the original on 25 December 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Mescellany". Addington Raceway. Archived from the original on 7 February 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Racing History". Addington Raceway. Archived from the original on 29 September 2006. Retrieved 7 November 2011.

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Coordinates: 43°32′37″S 172°35′55″E / 43.5435°S 172.5986°E / -43.5435; 172.5986