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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…
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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You’re in for a bit of a treat in our hall, The Makita Motorhood, at Big Boys Toys in three weeks time. Along with our sister publications, NZV8 and NZ Performance Car, we’ve selected a variety of vehicles for you to admire, which we’ve previously featured in our magazines over the years. When you’ve finally narrowed down all the choices and selected which car showcased is your favourite, you can get your photo alongside it on your own personalized magazine cover. There’ll be plenty of other offers and prizes milling about during the weekend of November 7–9, so make sure you spend some time in The Makita Motorhood in Hall Six to make the most of them. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the cars we’ve arranged to be on display:
Back to the Future Back to the Future turned both Fox and the gull-winged Delorean into superstars, while the film itself earned almost $500 million at the box office. John Z DeLorean’s dream of automotive stardom may have turned into a nightmare, but for one Kiwi enthusiast, DeLorean’s dream is very much alive by recreating one of the most authentic mock-ups of the original movie car that you will ever see. Back to the Future movies had a huge influence on the owner as a teenager and, judging by his collection of memorabilia associated with the trilogy — including two guitars, as seen in the movie, and several hover boards — it’s clear the passion is still there. Read full story…
The success of the Chemz Gathering of Geezers in Wanaka last year has prompted the organizers to hold the event once more this year. Held in honour of 25 of New Zealand’s motorsport greats from across the board, in excess of 300 people attended the last event proving it was definitely a hit. With individuals from all corners of motorsport — single seaters, saloon car racing, speedway, drag racing, team management, power boats, motorcycles, jet boats, and sports administration — in attendance, the event raised $40,000 for the Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust, and the Upper Clutha Children’s Medical Trust. Read full story…
The Meguiar’s Car Crazy Charity Cruise is back for the second time this year. Following the success of the earlier July event, they have teamed up with Big Boys Toys to back Canteen, supporting young people living with cancer.
Commencing on the morning of Saturday, November 8, at Meguiar’s East Tamaki headquarters, the cruise takes entrants on the scenic route to Big Boys Toys, where they may park their pride-and-joy in the VIP carpark for showgoers to admire.
Amongst a thorough list of good stuff, registrants will also receive a Meguiar’s gift pack, and entry to Big Boys Toys for all in their car — on top of that, the entire entry fee will be donated to Canteen. The cruise is limited to well presented vehicles only, and registration is open now at meguiars.co.nz. Sounds like a great day for all involved, and for a very worthy cause. Read full story…