THE Basin Reserve, Wellington’s famous cricket ground and largest roundabout, is set to be immortalised in a calendar published by a unique hobby group in the United Kingdom.
The ground has found favour with the United Kingdom Roundabout Appreciation Society, who wish to include in in its first ever Roundabouts of the World calendar.
It is set to join Swindon’s “Magic Roundabout”, which is a complicated system of six roundabouts, and a roundabout that doubles as a horse-manure stand in Australia.
President Kevin Beresford told Fairfax NZ that the Basin, which is circled by 50,000 cars a day, was not assured of its place as October’s calendar roundabout, as it could be replaced by a quirkier New Zealand site if one was suggested to him before publication.
“It doesn’t have to be spectacular… as long as it’s half-interesting, I don’t mind.”
The goal of the calendar was to show off of the world’s lesser-known roundabout gems, including one in India where cars travelled around a military tank and live cow, and another in Nigeria where police rushed out from the centre to demand bribes.
The society was formed in 2003 as a joke after they released a Roundabouts of Redditch calendar which proved highly popular.
“We wanted to make a calendar that was totally different,” he said.
“We were fed up with firemen and David Beckham showing off their six-packs.”
He said the Basin was renowned in international roundabout circles.
“It’s quite unique. I thought I’d seen everything when it came to roundabouts, but I’ve never seen a cricket ground in the middle of one. I would say it’s the largest roundabout in the southern hemisphere.”