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Targa South Island leg three and injured drivers in Special Stage 14 named

We’ve just been informed that the contestants who were involved in a serious accident during Special Stage 14 of Targa South Island, near Oamaru, were father-son team, Greg and Jackson Fowles.

The accident occurred during Wednesday, October 29 when the pair hit a clay bank on the Ngapara-Georgetown Road near the Glen Settlement Road intersection. Greg Fowles was trapped in his vehicle for more than an hour and a half before he was freed and flown straight to Dunedin Hospital.

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Racing continued yesterday with Glenn Inkster and co-driver Spencer Winn continuing their winning way.

Yesterday’s first stage — a 29.97km run through George King Memorial Drive on the edge of the Taieri Gorge near Outram, was a favourite stretch for many of the contestants, runaway event leader Glenn Inkster included.

“I had a real blast through there the second time,” he said, a fact reflected by his time, at 12m 11s — a full 15 seconds quicker than his first run through in the Ecolight Mitsubishi Evo co-driven by Spencer Winn.

With just a final run around Invercargill’s Teretonga Park to go to complete the day, Inkster and Winn were just over six minutes ahead of fellow Mitsubishi pair Todd and Rhys Bawden in the Instra.com Allcomers 4WD class standings with expat South African pair Nic de Waal and Guy Hodgson upholding Subaru WRX honours in third. Read full story…

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McLaren P1 arrives in style

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It’s here! Seen rolling out of the cargo hold of an Emirates A380 Airbus at Auckland’s International Airport, the star attraction at this year’s Big Boys Toys arrives in fine style.

The world’s most eagerly awaited supercar, the McLaren P1, follows closely in the footsteps laid down by the iconic McLaren F1 and is set to push the boundaries further than any of its rivals.

This stunning machine will undoubtedly wow the crowds at Big Boys Toys 2014 with its sleek, function-led, and purposeful design created specifically to deliver on a range of challenging, if not impossible targets — managing to achieve each and every one.

If looks alone won’t impress, then the unbelievable list of specifications such as a scintillating 0–100kph time of just 2.8 seconds, and 0–200kph in a mere 6.8 seconds, thanks to its 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 that’s dripping with cutting edge Formula 1 technology, will make the average daily commute feel somewhat pedestrian.

Big Boys Toys 2014, at the ASB Showgrounds on November 7-9, is definitely one event not to be missed — and The Makita Motorhood in Hall 6 is where we will be showcasing all of our hand-selected vehicles, many of which ave been previous cover cars of New Zealand Classic Car, NZV8, and NZ Performance Car. For more information go to bigboystoys.co.nz.

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Lamborghini Huracan crashes during Targa South Island

We didn’t quite want to believe it, but the film footage proves it’s true. five-time event winner Tony Quinn and Naomi Tillett’s 2014 Lamborghini Huracan, which was featured in New Zealand Classic Car Issue No. 287, has come off the road and crashed. They were within sight of the finish line of the fifth of six of the day’s stages, but Quinn lost control of the Lamborghini and crashed. Neither he nor Tillett were injured, but the pair were forced to miss the sixth stage (there was also a seventh but it was cancelled due to the condition of the road) dropping them down to 13th in class and leaving  a question mark over their continuing in the event. Quinn starts to explain what caused the vehicle to come off the road in this video:

Quinn says, “We were doing 200kms along a straight piece of road, and there was a big dip at the end of it at the flying finish. The Lambo went skywards, and unfortunately an accident had occurred there before, and I swerved to avoid the accident and the power pole and ended up on the other side of the road in the paddock.”

The Lamborgini is not badly damaged, but damaged enough that it can’t be driven. It sounds like Giltrap Prestige has given Quinn a donor car to “rob parts off”, and if all goes well, Quinn should be back on the road to start on Friday.

 

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Bugs and butterflies sorted during Targa South Island prologue stages

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Photos: Fast Company/ProShotz.

Yesterday’s two prologue stages in and around Christchurch were a great way to start the 20th annual Targa tarmac motor rally, according to top prospect Glenn Inkster.

Former rally ace Inkster and co-driver Spencer Winn (Ecolight Mitsubishi Evo 8) have been regular front runners in Targa tarmac events since Inkster’s full-time switch from gravel five years ago — and the duo looked like main event winners two years ago before a big crash on the second to last day.

Since then Inkster has upgraded to a later model Mitsubishi Evo and upgraded the car with bigger wheels, brakes, and a sequential six-speed gearbox.

Yesterday saw first a 16km dash along Christchurch’s Summit Rd, and then the second stage of a four-lap dash around the Ruapuna motor racing circuit at Mike Pero Motorsport Park. They were perfect stages for settling in and getting any bugs — not to mention butterflies — out of the system, says Inkster.

“Without the times counting it just gave us the opportunity to make sure everything was working, from little things like making sure the [seat] belts are set right, to making sure everything on the car is doing what it should be.

“It was like a dress rehearsal, if you like, for the rest of the week.”  Read full story…

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Targa ‘King’ faces tough fight to regain crown

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Words by Ross MacKay

Targa tarmac rally ‘King’ Tony Quinn and co-driver Naomi Tillett face a tough battle next week as the five-time winner attempts to wrest back his ‘crown’ from defending title-holder Martin Dippie and his co-driver Jona Grant.

Quinn, with original co-driver Keith Wenn, won his first Targa New Zealand event back in 2003 driving a four-wheel-drive Porsche 996 Turbo, then — with Tillett alongside — won four in a row from 2009 to 2012 behind the wheel of a four-wheel-drive Nissan GT-R35

Last year the 57-year-old Scottish-born businessman who now divides his time between Australia’s Gold Coast and New Zealand’s Central Otago (where he owns the Highlands Motorsport Park near Cromwell), was all set to try and make it five in a row in the GT-R before retiring the car, but pulled out of the 19th annual event at the last minute because of the pending opening of the new Cromwell circuit.

In his and Tillett’s absence, the 2013 event in the North Island became a battle of the turbocharged four-wheel-drive four-cylinder Mitsubishi Evos of Glenn Inkster and Spencer Winn, and Jason Gill and Mark Robinson, and the Subaru WRX Impreza of Leigh Hopper and Simon Kirkpatrick. Read full story…

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