A last-minute refusal by Auckland Council to allow fireworks at Vodafone Springs Speedway on Guy Fawkes night has left the promoter seething and will disappoint thousands of families.
The traditional Speedway season-opener this Saturday is a popular early summer community event.
But now the council's Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA), has reneged on a written approval, sent a week ago, that fireworks planning for the event met all requirements - another example, says promoter Greg Mosen, of the council's campaign to force the speedway from the venue and out of the city.
Speedway promoter Greg Mosen told Radio Sport they've sold over a thousand tickets to the event which has taken four months to plan.
"So we've done everything we possibly can and here we are 48 hours out and they've reinstated the height restriction which puts pay to the whole thing. It's finished.
"There are over 1000 pre-sold tickets to the event and we are expecting a crowd of around 10,000 people because it is a combination of both speedway and fireworks so it is a great night out at the price."