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Tony Frost and his journey through 45 years of Speedway

In the adrenaline-charged world of New Zealand Speedway, Tony Frost is a name that resonates with passion, innovation, and a deep-rooted love for the sport. A veteran of over 45 years in Speedway, Tony’s journey in racing has paralleled the sport’s evolution from its humble beginnings to the high-octane, full-contact spectacle it is today.

New Zealand Speedway has seen remarkable growth since its first motorbike meeting at English Park, Christchurch, in 1928. Today, with 23 venues nationwide, it captivates audiences with a variety of classes, including sprintcars, sidecars, late models, and of course, Superstocks. As a prime example of the sport’s allure, Tony’s story is interwoven with the legacy of Speedway in New Zealand.

Introduction to Speedway

Tony was introduced to Speedway through his family, who had been involved in the sport even before his birth. His entry into racing began at the tender age of 12, marking the start of a lifelong affair with the thrill of the racetrack. He nostalgically recalls, “When I was 12, Dad offered me a drive of his saloon car. It was the fastest thing on the racetrack and I wrote it off!” He comments that at 12 years old it was a big lesson, but he loved the experience and it kindled in Tony a passion for racing.

The progression from those early “banger” races to today’s high-tech Superstock cars symbolises the sport’s transformation. Modern Superstock racing, as Tony describes, involves sophisticated, purpose-built race cars with high-performance parts, mostly sourced from the USA. These cars are lighter, faster, and represent a significant investment, necessitating strong sponsorship and resources.

Tony’s current focus is on his Superstock car, “Blondie 693,” a culmination of three families’ passion and dedication. This car, with its unique technology and design, has become more than just a vehicle for racing. It symbolises the unity, fun, and spirit of the racing community. “Blondie 693” embodies the ethos of Speedway – a sport that’s as much about family and camaraderie as it is about competition.

Tony’s friendship with Paul Brockie

One of the stand-out parts of Tony’s racing journey is his long standing friendship with Paul Brockie of Absolute Energy. Their relationship, spanning over four decades, began when they worked together in carpentry. This bond has extended into the racing arena, with Absolute Energy supporting Tony, and his families endeavours over the years. This support is not just financial, it’s about being part of a community that thrives on mutual support and shared passion.

Racing Highlights

Tony Frost’s journey in superstock racing is not just a tale of speed and competition, but one of remarkable achievement and memorable performances. His career is adorned with national championships that showcase his skill and determination.

In the 1991-1992 season, he clinched the 2NZ title in Nelson, followed by another 2NZ in Wellington the very next year. It was the 1996-1997 season that saw him soar to the pinnacle of success with a 1NZ title in Greymouth. He repeated this feat in the 1998-1999 season with a gripping 1NZ victory in Christchurch. These triumphs are not just notable for the titles themselves but for the extraordinary manner in which they were won.

To this day, Frost’s drives to claim the two 1NZ titles are still spoken of with reverence in the modified class community. His ability to navigate through the pack to emerge victorious is a testament to his exceptional driving prowess and strategic acumen on the track. These moments in Frost’s career are not just highlights in his racing timeline but treasured narratives in the annals of superstock racing history.

Future Aspirations

The New Zealand Superstock Championship, an annual highlight of the racing calendar, showcases the best of what Superstocks have to offer. It’s a testament to the sport’s impact, not just as entertainment but as a contributor to local communities. As Tony points out, major events like these bring significant economic benefits to hosting cities like Nelson, with thousands of fans converging to witness the high-octane action.

In Tony Frost’s story, we see the essence of New Zealand Speedway – a blend of fierce competition, technological innovation, and a community spirit that transcends the racetrack. For Tony, it’s more than just a sport. It’s a journey of friendships, community contribution, and a relentless pursuit of passion. His partnership with Absolute Energy and Paul Brockie is a testament to the power of enduring relationships and shared values, driving not just cars on a race track, but positive change in the community.

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