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Targa North Island only a week away

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There’s only one week to go until Targa North Island is all underway. And if you’d tuned into Prime last night you would have seen The Crowd Goes Wild’s coverage of the Targa Track Day that was held at Hampton Downs on Wednesday.

Cam Vernon and his crew, who will be involved in the exhibition stages next week, invited the Targa North Island competitors along to the track for the pre-event shakedown, while he was there in his V8-powered S15 Silvia.

Targa North Island’s three-day event is scheduled and rearing to go with scrutineering and documentation on Thursday, May 15 and the competition and tour cars start from Simunovich Olive Estate, Bombay on Friday, May 16.

The event will head through Whitianga and head to Rotorua Village Green with the prize-giving function taking place at Novotel Rotorua Lakeside on Sunday evening. Read full story…

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Steel ‘n’ Wheels on Sunday

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This year’s Steel ‘n’ Wheels Festival is all ready to go this Sunday, May 11 in Waiuku.

Head along to see the huge collection of classic and collectible vehicles including hot rods, vintage cars, and classics. There will be plenty of army memorabilia, midgets, and motorcycles to have a gander at as well.

Make a day of it and take the entire family along to this free event. With other features like M*A*S*H helicopter rides, Phoenix Dragster, V8 Chainsaw, Nostalgia Dragster, and the NZ Warbirds air display, there will be something to make everyone’s day. Read full story…

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Tribute to Ayrton Senna on Radio Sport

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If you tuned into Radio Sport yesterday you probably caught New Zealand Classic Car‘s Motorsport Flashback columnist, Michael Clark, paying tribute to Ayrton Senna on the 20th anniversary of his death. Michael, who dedicated his current Flashback column (NZ Classic Car, May) to Ayrton Senna, discusses Senna’s place in amongst the pantheon of motorsport greats such as Nuvolari, Fangio, Moss and Clark.

Michael also organized a commemorative lunch to remember Ayrton Senna — with Peter Buckleigh, Brian Kelly, David Oxton, Murray Taylor, and Bob McMuray in attendance. Highlight of the lunch was a cake modelled on Senna’s famous racing helmet.

Michael is also scheduled to talk about Senna this weekend on Radio Live’s Sunday afternoon sports show.

You can catch highlights of Michael’s Radio Sport discussion at the on demand section of Radio Sport’s website. The talk took place between 1.30–2pm.

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RIP Ayrton Senna — 20 years ago today

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RIP Ayrton Senn — 20 years ago today

On the 20th anniversary of the death of Ayrton Senna at Imola in the early laps of the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, Michael Clark talks to some mates who knew the Brazilian personally

Bob McMurray was at McLaren when Ayrton Senna arrived for the start of the 1988 season, and was present for the 80 Grands Prix he ran for the team until leaving for Williams at the end of 1993. During that time, he added a further 35 wins to the six he had already won while at Lotus — and he also won all three of his world championships in Honda-powered McLarens.

The stats were impressive — the Brazilian’s time at McLaren reaping wins in 44 per cent of starts, plus a gobsmacking 24 consecutive front-row starts. Bob recalls Senna as a friend, but the Brazilian’s really close friendships — including with his engineer, Gerhard Berger, Ron Dennis, and even Alain Prost initially — were intense. “There were no shades of grey as far as friendships were concerned — he was dedicated to you if you were dedicated to him. He wasn’t arrogant in the least, in fact he was quite kind in many ways, especially to his mechanics who would have bled for him. He was very, very personable, with a great sense of humour. He could actually be quite funny!” Bob remembers. Read full story…

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Rare classics to go under the hammer

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The very rare 1929 Marmon Roosevelt Collapsible Coupe and a majestic 1967 Rolls Royce Phantom V will be up for auction at the Turners Penrose branch in Auckland this weekend (May 4). They are just two highlights considering most of the vehicles being offered are from the collection of late Roger Taylor, including the ultra rare Marmon Coupe.

Roger Taylor was an avid collector of mainly American classics from the 1920s to the 1960s. He had a soft spot for Studebakers and Fords but it’s the Marmon Coupe, only a handful of which are known to exist, that stands out as a highlight. Marmon was a manufacturer based in Indianapolis in the early part of the 20th century and The Roosevelt model, named after the US President, was only made in 1929–1930. It was designed to be an ‘affordable’ car priced at $995 and it sold well until the stock market crashed and the depression took hold. Read full story…

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Ex-Stirling Moss Maserati up for auction

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At RM Auctions’ Monaco sale on May 10, punters will get the chance to bid for the 1956 Maserati 450S Prototype, as driven by Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson on the 1956 Mille Miglia.

Originally built as a six-cylinder car, before the Mille Miglia that year, Maserati installed a 5657cc V8 producing around 520bhp. Moss crashed the car following brake failure.

This car has since gained the chassis number 4501, once used on an entirely different Maserati 450S but now verified for this car. At one time the Maserati was also fitted with a Corvette V8!

Today, fully restored, the car is expected to bring in big bucks at auction. Read full story…

Single-owner veteran and vintage vehicles for sale

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The Bonhams sale of the Michael Banfield Collection of veteran, Edwardian and vintage motor cars, historic commercial vehicles, and automobilia is to take place on June 13–14 on location in Kent.
Started in 1959, this spectacular single-owner collection encompasses well over 1000 lots, including approximately 50 vintage, veteran, and commercial vehicles and restoration projects, and a large range of items of automobilia. Carefully curated over many decades, its sale will provide a rare opportunity for collectors to acquire items which rarely come onto the market. Read full story…
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Mercedes-Benz sale to feature historic cars

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A 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet and an early WW1-period 22/50hp Mercedes from 1915 are the latest additions to Bonhams’ inaugural Mercedes-Benz Sale on July 12.
The sale will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.
The 1936 Cabriolet, with its Parisian past, is estimated at EU €1.8-2.4 million, while the WW1-period Mercedes is estimated  at EU €650,000–750,000.
Featuring a selection of some 40 motor cars manufactured by the renowned German marque over its more than century-long history, the sale will hold some treasures from a time since past.
The ultra rare 540K Cabriolet A, with chassis number 130946, was ordered June 3, 1936, and is confirmed to have been one of just ten cars which left the factory built to its particular specification and equipped with the more powerful 5.4-litre engine, but in the traditional-style body with two rear-mounted spare wheels. Its bodywork was completed at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen factory. Read full story…
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