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Karen Hay takes out female drag racing record

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On Sunday, April 6 the record for New Zealand’s quickest, and fastest, female was taken out by Karen Hay in her purpose-built 1927 Ford Model T roadster — powered by a twin turbocharged 482 cubic inch big block Chev engine. The record was previously held by Faye Grant from 1990 with a longer wheelbase rear engine dragster running a 6.629 second pass over the quarter mile at 205.52 miles per hour.

Having already run 208 miles per hour in 2012, Karen ran 6.61 seconds at 206 miles per hour over the quarter mile to become both New Zealand’s fastest and quickest female in drag racing history. It’s a goal which Hay has been chasing since 2010 when the Hay Family Racing team purchased the car named ‘Evil II’ from the late Clive Davis. The mother-of-two started racing in 2002 after crewing for her father Lindsay for a couple of years and in 2010 she ran her first 6 second pass. The car was built by the late Warren Brogie in California, USA and has now become the world’s quickest and fastest Brogie-built roadster, adding to the excitement of the New Zealand record. Read full story…

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Lister Motor Company celebrates 60th anniversary with digital revamp

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This year is shaping up to be a big one for Lister Motor Company with celebrating its 60th anniversary and also completing the first Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ to roll off the production line in more than 20 years.

To celebrate, the company unveiled a new website, keeping up with the rapidly evolving digital movement.

The new site can be found at the existing URL www.listercars.com and features a mix of unique design and traditional values. Focus is on the company’s roots in Cambridge, while incorporating branding from the original 1950s Lister racing company, as well as the more recent ListerStorm era of the ’80s, ’90s and noughties. Read full story…

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Targa heads to defending champion’s patch

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For the past 19 years the multi-day Targa New Zealand event has started in, or near, Auckland, and either finished back there or in Tauranga, Wellington, or Havelock North.

However, for the 20th anniversary the 2014 event will be held in the South Island, startin in Christchurch on Labour Day (October 27) and ending in Queenstown (November 1).

This news has been welcomed by 2013 winner Martin Dippie who is from Dunedin and has previously had to travel for at least two days just to get to the start of the annual event. The 47-year-old thinks the six-day Christchurch-to-Queenstown will be the best Targa yet.

“We’ve got some stunning roads down here so I think it is going to be fantastic. It’s also going to be nice to be able to sleep in my own bed for a couple of nights while we’re on the event,” he said. Read full story…

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Jaguar C-X75: What could have been

Described as being a show car “as close to a pure art form as a car can get”, the Jaguar C-X75 has been dubbed the most advanced Jaguar ever created by Jaguar itself.

With the design concept unveiled in 2010, it only took two years to have a fully working prototype in action. An all-wheel drive, plug-in parallel hybrid electric vehicle with the world’s highest specific power engine and Jaguar’s first carbon composite monocoque chassis.

As decided in 2012, the C-X75 would never enter full production due to the global economic climate.  Read full story…

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Mercedes-Benz display steals the show at Techno Classica

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Mercedes-Benz cars stole the show at this year’s massive Techno Classica show, held at the end of March at Essen in Germany.

Celebrating 120 years of motor sport involvement, Mercedes-Benz put together a mouth-watering selection of competition cars from rallying to record-breaking to sports-racers and Formula One — over 30 cars ranging from a Mercedes-Simpplex to last season’s Formula 1 car. Read full story…

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Michael Schumacher Update

The latest news concerning Michael Schumacher’s condition provides some hope for the Formula One legend, his family and all his fans throughout the world.

After being placed in a medically induced coma following a skiing accident just after Christmas, Schumacher remains hospitalised at Grenoble. However, the medical staff attending him now report that Schumacher has shown some “moments of consciousness and awakening” as they gradually reduce the drugs that have kept him in a coma since December.

 

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Annual SpeedSport Scholarship entry open

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Known for launching the careers of V8 Supercar star Shane van Gisbergen, Richie Stanaway, and Nick Cassidy (who are both about to start racing in Europe), and V8 SuperTourer driver Andrew Waite, the annual SpeedSport Scholarship is now open for entries.

Founded in 2000, it is New Zealand’s most successful annual motor racing scholarship and it offers the winner a $50,000 prize package, including a season competing in the national Formula First championship.

This scholarship kick-starts the motor racing careers of young drivers and this year’s finalists will race off at Manfeild in mid-May to decide who the winner will be.
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2014 schedule for Donington Historic Festival unveiled

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Now in its fourth year the Donington Historic Festival has established itself as a major fixture on the international historic racing calendar — and don’t we wish we could all head along!

With thousands of spectators and hundreds of world-class historic racing cars showing up each year, the event creates a one-of-a-kind atmosphere and 2014 is set to live up to expectations.

Held on May 3–5, the schedule is jam-packed with exciting features with highly competitive world-class historic motorsport guaranteed.  Read full story…

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