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ANOTHER TERM SOUGHT: Mayor Kelvin Coe
will seek re-election this year.
THERE MIGHT be issues over pay and
the time commitment, but it seems some
Selwyn District councillors are keen for
another term around the meeting table.
Though the local body elections are not
until September, councillors and poten-
tial mayoral aspirants are already being
asked their intentions in Christchurch,
so the Central Canterbury News asked
Selwyn councillors and mayor Kelvin Coe
if they were going to put their hats in the
With some councillors undecided,
others have already mapped a course.
Mayor Coe said he will seek another
term at the helm of the council, although
his deputy, Cr Sarah Walters said she
had been asked several times, but was
yet to make a decision if she would run
for council again.
Malvern ward councillors John Morten
and Sam Broughton have already made
up their minds to seek re-election.
Cr Peter Hill will also stand again and
said he considered he could be more effec-
tive at bringing about changes in how the
council worked from within.
Cr Debra Hasson also signalled she
will seek to be around the table for
another three years.
Pat McEvedy and Jeff Bland, in their
first terms on the council, are undecided,
while Mark Alexander has not made a
final decision, but expects his name to be
on the ballot paper.
A challenger for incumbent Mayor Coe
does not seem forthcoming so far, alth-
ough Cr Malcolm Lyall reserved his
intention both for council and the
Cr Hill said he had had several
approaches'' encouraging him to run
for mayor, but had not yet seriously
considered such a move''.
CAR BUILDER: John Lovelady removing his car's engine so he can install one with more horsepower for the New Zealand
Championships this weekend. INSET: Kane Lawson driving the John Lovelady-built and owned car that he will race for the
New Zealand title this weekend.
Darfield car maker
puts pep in racecars
By MAT KERMEEN
IN 1985, a young boilermaker
set himself the ambitious goal of
turning his hobby into a full-
Almost two decades on,
Darfield's John Lovelady is
widely regarded as the best
speedway chassis designer and
builder in New Zealand.
He works seven days most
weeks, often chalking up
between 80 and 100 hours --
balancing improving his own
machine with building and
preparing cars for others.
He has constructed more than
120 cars and tasted success in
every corner of the country.
In 1988, he decided it was
time to team up with the best
local driver of the day, Greg
Keegan. With Lovelady as car
owner and crew chief, and
Keegan behind the wheel, the
pair were an instant success.
One year later, on their home
track of Woodford Glen, they
became the first South Islanders
to win a national modified title.
Keegan is no longer behind
the wheel, but the pair remain
good friends and Greg's son,
Luke, is now racing a car Mr
The ultimate competitor, Mr
Lovelady rarely races himself
these days, but has not lost his
desire to win. He is currently
enjoying his best summer ever.
He was there in Stratford on
January 12 to watch Luke win
his first New Zealand Modified
Championship, then 12 days
later, Blenheim driver Rob
Flood drove his Lovelady car to
victory in the national Saloon
Championships in Cromwell. Mr
Lovelady has mentored Rob
through his rapid rise to the top
over the last three years.
You always need to be look-
ing for that edge. It's all about
finding that little bit extra from
somewhere that will be the dif-
ference between you and the
guys you're trying to beat.''
This weekend, Mr Lovelady
has a chance to win his
third national title of the
season, when 10 Lovelady-
built cars contest the New Zea-
land Super Saloon Champion-
ships at Woodford Glen. No
car builder has ever achieved
such a milestone before.
It's much more about the
driver than it is me, but I love to
see my clients going fast.''
Next on the list for a new car
may be closer to home -- 15-year-
old son, Jackson, is already
showing the potential to carry
on the family tradition, both in
the shed and on the track.
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