Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Taking Part in History - Showtime 13

It’s not long now until the eagerly-awaited New Zealand Trotting Cup meeting at Addington Raceway on Tuesday, November 10th. I’ve never been to a trotting cup meeting so I’m looking forward to it; and it will be interesting not only from a race point-of-view but for the whole ‘cultural experience’ of race day. It’s a tradition here in Christchurch – a tradition that goes right back to 1899, when the inaugural race meeting was held at Addington, although the grandstand itself was not completed until 1900. A series of fires – in 1916, 1926, 1953 and 1961 - caused ongoing disruption but the ‘spirit of the race’ has never paled. Since 1981, there have been significant improvements and additions including the building of the Stewards’ and Members’ Stand in 1990. I took these photographs of the stands when I was out at the Raceway a week or so ago. I’m looking forward to taking the same shots again on race day, when thousands of people pour in for the frivolities.

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