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He is based at Ohakea where the doorway of a NH90 helicopter is his office. It ended up as a cc super-hot rod that revved to the moon but the maintenance burden was unbearable. So MeadsSpeed Fabrication jammed a newer cc fuel injected parallel twin into the beast. A full porting job was carried out by Brian Bernard and Colt Cams made some custom race camshafts.
The MeadsSpeed has over hp and weighs less than kgs fully fuelled. His father built him his first go-kart at 11 years old and over 45 years on, his passion for motorsport has not wavered. He considers himself fortunate to have competed in the last meeting at the old Baypark Circuit. InTony built a car and took it to Bonneville Speedweek where he recorded a speed of mph. Powered by a GSX-R high-revving race-bred Suzuki motorcycle engine, this car has brutal acceleration while full-size Willwood brakes give it unbelievable stopping power.
Star Cars come with a 5-speed sequential gearbox and this particular car has an electronic gear shifter on hand controls for accelerator and brakes.
Weighing only kgs, it has horsepower 11, rpm which offers an exciting power to weight ratio and a top speed of kph. Ross successfully finished both then he sold the car. Up until recently this was the only true attempt to replicate the original cars by performing the extensive fabrication work to the chassis as it had been done at TTE. The Motor is 2. Graeme has since returned to racing and caught the Targa bug but wanted to compete in something more interesting than just another Subaru or Evo.
The Audi has proved to be a hit with the spectators as it is a station wagon and Graeme secured a top 5 outright finish in a Targa event. He also competes in the 2K Cup and Endurance races. It featured MCA suspension and Movit brakes though it is still mostly in road car form. It was written-off in its first event but was re-shelled and campaigned by John McIntyre and Mike Eady to win in the Mainfield round of the endurance series. It returned to Targa trim in and has been campaigned in Targa events since.
It is one of only two known B5 RS4 station wagons made into race cars in the world. Mark Collier - Mazda MX5 Turbo Mark has been racing in competitive motorsport for 20 years, starting in road motorbikes and later in motocross — where he was a nationally ranked rider on a Honda four-stroke CRF, until age and family encouraged him out of racing bikes. Having competed for so long, doing nothing was not an option, so he joined the Auckland Car Club and built a road-legal MX5 turbo race car.
In his first year, he finished third in the Classic Japanese Class.
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This year he is trying for a 55! They built a MX 5 Turbo that won best presented car in its first season, secured multiple race wins and third in class in its first year — all in one of the only road legal cars in the class.
He then made the switch over to NZV8 Utes where he competed in his first year in the series. He decided to sit out and did only selected events.
It was one of 15 brought into the country for the series, which started here in After going through a couple of owners, it was destroyed in a season-ending crash for one competitor at the Supercar event in It then sat in a Taupo garage for some months before being purchased by Panorama Motorsport in and it was re-built so that it was not lost to the category.
It now resides in Hamilton and has become a spare chassis for the team, but is available for purchase if anyone was interested in going V8 Ute racing, as it is for sale. At 18, he upgraded to the current Taslo Engineering Evo 10 rally car. At the end of the Hillclimb Evo was purchased for Sloan to compete at more high profile events, such as Race to the Skywhere he finished fourth. The last two years Sloan has finished second overall behind Alistair McRae and he will be pushing hard to knock Alistair off the top spot.
Over the last year Sloan has been competing in Europe in the RallyCross Academy in a front wheel drive Renault Cilo and he hopes the skills he has learnt will help contribute to the win. Cox Motorsport have owned the Hillclimb Evo since and the modifications are getting better every year. It has a 6-speed sequential Holinger gearbox with the lowest gear ratio giving the car a super-fast take off. A fresh tune gave it over kw at the wheels, but its 6 pot front brake calipers, 4 pot rear brake calipers can pull it up with ease.
The Evo has a custom space frame set up and great power to weight ratio. Steve Cox - F40 Silhouette With over 30 years of racing, Steve has competed and been involved in all sorts! He began at club events like hillclimbs, sprints and motokanas and progressed to the Wellington Street Race back in the s and numerous national and international rallying events, plus karting at both a local and national level.
This car is a well-known replica of the iconic Ferrari F It is powered by a race-prepared twin turbo Lexus V8 pumping out hp. Drive is delivered via a heavily-modified Quaife 6 speed sequential transaxle. It was initially a five year project and is the only one left in New Zealand. It ran in NZ Super Sedans with great success in the mid s before being retired. These days the only time it gets used in anger is at Leadfoot, and while not the ideal car for the driveway, Steve certainly enjoys throwing it at the hill.
He also set the qualifying record in Open Wheel and was the Victor Hill Climb winner in this open wheeler in In Paul drove it to victory at Goodwood, while Richard Meadan won Rookie of the Year in it in and Wyatt Dallenbach earnt the same title in This car also featured in Dirt 2.
He has raced around the world seven times; the first five as part of the Whitbread Round the World Race. His best lap in qualifying in on his F1 Suzuki was However, Grant was back in and qualified for the F1 TT with a lap of He also finished the Classic F1 TT. Grant will be riding a Husqvarna FS This lightweight motorbike has a new chromium molybdenum steel frame and a potent 63hp, cc, SOHC engine.
The gearbox is a five-speed unit, featuring an Adler Power Torque Clutch slipper clutch and Alpina-laced wheels — Steve has competed in various car club and Vintage Car Club events and owns a collection of historic, Australian and American muscle cars.
The car has an extensive motor racing history, running at Waimate, Ruapuna, Teretonga, plus beach racing in Nelson and numerous street events. The chassis is a combination of a Zeded Model A Ford chassis, hand-made aluminum body, and early V8 running gear with an Offenhauser equipped flathead V8 engine. The car is in the final stages of a full ground up restoration to compete in motorsport events.
The following year he moved on to driving an Audi Quattro for two years, followed by stints with Toyota and Nissan. Nic also started racing Group N and Touring Cars in the early s and won numerous events before moving to New Zealand in After an year drought he got back into motorsport entering a Targa event where he now is a regular competitor often finishing in the top three.
In the last Targa event of Nic was involved in a massive off-road excursion which destroyed his Subaru. He found a previously-loved Subaru WRX Targa car which was given a new lease of life for the season. It is fitted with an adjustable centre differential, allowing different set-ups for varying road conditions. Delivering more than hp through 4WD the car provides super fun on the twisty tarmac roads. Michael Delmont - BMW Turbo Mike has been involved in motorsport in one form or another since the late s.
His first competition vehicle was a Morris Minor which had a modified Austin engine with a Shorrock Supercharger transplanted into it. There were various other cars such as Ford Es and Ford Anglias with engine combinations from cc to cc. Mike then tried drag racing for some years with various combinations culminating in a Mk1Cortina with a tilt front.
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The engine was a Windsor built by Mike Gearing which had two large turbochargers strapped to it. This car was street legal with a WOF but was tricky to drive on the street due to its prodigious output which was in excess of hp. Mike then created the existing BMW Turbo, which he has raced and rallied all over NZ for many years with great success.
The car is a BMW Turbo which runs a 2. It uses a large Holset turbo and makes in excess of hp and revs to rpm. It was built about 20 years ago and has gone through many evolutions over the years to get it to the performance levels and reliability that it now generally achieves. It has competed in many types of events over the years throughout New Zealand including circuit racing, tarmac rallies, hillclimbs and street races.
Inthe decision was made to return it to as close as possible to its original road specification, retaining necessary race equipment. The car now weighs in at considerably more than its previous race weight at 1. Allan Dippie - Sizaire et Naudin Voiturette Sport Allan has been collecting and racing various cars since the early s.
These two inventors and racing drivers had success in France and England from to The second owner, Bob Turnbull, found the car in a derelict state and restored it for the International Rally. It sports a single cylinder cc engine and has no gearbox but runs a three-speed differential. It was the first car in the world with independent front suspension and also has variable valve timing.
It needs a riding mechanic to provide oil to the total loss lubrication system and that person will need to be brave! It was the first time since Jim Richards won the event in in a Porsche that a 2WD car had won. It is a 2 litre high chassis speed model that has been fitted with a Meadows 4. It is a long distance endurance touring car having competed in many events in Europe including the London to Cape Town rally. This Lagonda Special started life as a 2 litre high chassis car and was the demonstrator for the Hanover Square London dealers Gaffikin and Wilkinson.
In the mids it raced at Silverstone and in the s was upgraded by marque specialist David Ayre with a Lagonda M45 motor and drivetrain. The motor is a Meadows 4. It was imported into New Zealand in the late s. It has triple HV5 SU carburetors, dual ignition and distributors, full sump and fuel tank guards, a modified cooling system and large capacity fuel tank to cope with arduous long distance endurance rallying conditions. Three of those wins were achieved in the car he will be running at the Leadfoot Festival.
He continues to race in numerous Porsche series in the United States and other Pro racing events. In addition to Pikes Peak, he ran this particular car at the Queenstown Hill Climb back inwinning the class.
This car is one of the few to win Pikes Peak on gravel and asphalt. Despite major revisions over the years, it retains the original spaced-frame, carbon-reinforced tub built in Designed by race car engineer Lee Dykstra, it was built by Donner Motorsport.
It was one of the first to utiilise an Electronic Fuel Management system, ground effects and carbon fibre on Pikes Peak. The design is like an Indy car with the engine and gearbox mounted by only five bolts behind the driver making them a stress member. Large tunnels underneath the car help create a vacuum at high speed that literally sucks the car to the ground, enabling the driver to carry much higher speeds through turns without creating aerodynamic drag.
The motor is an all-aluminum Chevrolet racing V8, with Motec electronic fuel injection utilising Methanol fuel. The hp car has more than Nm of torque.
In the car had to be rebuilt after a degree roll-over at a Taupo winter meeting. The car went on to win a number of trophies after that until sold in That car has now been sold back to the United States. The last year of production for the BMW Coupes was and 52 coupes were built early in and of that number 20 were right-hand-drive units.
The units were built to what is called highline standard specifications, with full leather, air, power seats with memory, colour-coded rear spoiler, bumpers and external mirrors. Its motor specifications are twin cam, 24 valve, cc and a top speed of kph.
We also had two csi cars racing in New Zealand in the hands of Neville Crichton and Kent Baigent, both of whom had great success. Andy Duffin - Mazda RX7 With a passion for Rotary-engined vehicles stemming from a misspent youth Andy turned to circuit racing to satisfy his need for speed!
Starting his racing in the S series in in a modified RX7 he quickly got the bug. After a break of several years, when the time was right, he purchased a Pro7 car. Three NZ titles later and it was time to go back to SS It runs a 20b 3 rotor engine, is naturally-aspirated and makes around hp. The car had some serious aero added to it for competing at World Time Attack Challenge in Sydney, which it has been to twice. Last year it finished fifth overall, fastest naturally-aspirated car and fastest 2WD in the final He has been the series organiser for the highly successful South Island Endurance Series for past 10 years, plus he is currently the popular 2k Cup South Island Series chairman.
This car was initially a Toyota MR-S. It is now powered by a turbo charged Suzuki GSX-R Hayabusa motorcycle engine cc with a water to air intercooler. It uses the factory 6 speed motorcycle gearbox so it has a factory sequential with uprated Quaife internals.
Uniquely it is chain drive from the engine to the fixed rear axle. It retains full floorplan construction with hand built sub frames and the engine has been moved forward about mm. It retains the factory body lines except about mm wider per side and has a mixture of fibreglass and carbon body panels. It holds both the Production GT and Club racing lap records at Levels Raceway and weighs in at about kg and has hp. Jason Easton - Tigcraft Aprilia Jason has been road racing motorbikes for 18 years on everything from GP bikes, GP, Supersport, Superbike and lately his own home-built bikes.
He achieved top five results in every race. This bike chassis was built in in England by Tigcraft. A one-man company, it makes one-off chassis. The motor is from a Aprilia motard bike and everything else has been hand built by Jason or fabricated by friends. In the bike finished second in the NZ Championship with multiple race wins and lap records.
Upgrades for saw a NZ title win and lap records at five race tracks around NZ. The bike has sat idle for the last couple of years while Jason concentrated on car racing.
It now has a hand-built titanium exhaust system. A keen interest in cars developed and Ray spent much of his youth touring in an old Singer and Triumph TR6. The Aston had an early racing history and was class winner of the Tulip Rally and completed the Monte Carlo rally also in Ray recently restored the car from barn-find condition and it was a big job that took ten years.
He has also become the keeper of the Ralph Watson BSA special and will campaign the car in various historic races and hill climbs. The car was modified with a lowered chassis, a lightweight body and doubled horsepower from the original. In recent years, it was even a better seller. Camaros beat Mustangs in sales from toaccording to the online auto sales company TrueCar, in that final year selling 86, Camaros to 82, Mustangs. But Camaro lost market share when Ford introduced its sixth-generation pony car in and took back the sales lead forwhen Ford soldMustangs to Chevy's 77, Camaros.
Eager for sales, Chevy is pricing the new cars aggressively. Many of the early deliveries, Chevy said, have been at that end of the spectrum.
First orders typically come from more loyal and extreme enthusiasts, who often want the top-of-the-line cars with the most powerful engines and most elegant interiors. Camaro non-enthusiasts have complained for years that the cars favored performance over comfort and, while fun for weekend racing, weren't as appropriate for daily driving. Chevy has attempted to address that by upgrading interior materials and offering all trim levels with all engine sizes.
Though the convertible suffers from some wind noise with the top up, the hard top on the highway gives a smooth, quiet ride, the engine noise only making a high sweet whine when substantial acceleration is applied. The onboard Apple CarPlay booted up seamlessly. Negotiating the navigation and audio controls was fairly intuitive.
The driver and passenger ergonomics were pleasant — though I found that I had to remind myself, every time I got into the car, to slide over and not onto the heavy plastic seat belt buckle. The SS models also come with a "track" mode.
All models feature McPherson-type front suspension and independent rear suspension. Certain models come standard with Brembo brakes and the Magnetic Ride Control system. Chevy took advantage of its captive audience to also unveil its new ZL1 super sports car. Touted as a "street, strip and track" car, ready for daily driving, drag strip runs and track days, the ZL1 roars with a supercharged 6. It is the first General Motors car to feature a new speed automatic transmission that will gradually start appearing in other GM vehicles.
Willing journalists were asked to put on helmets and neck braces, strapped into passenger seats and taken by professional drivers through a series of high-speed, tire-screeching "hot laps. Production versions of the ZL1 will be offered as a model year car. Chevy has not yet set pricing. Will he stand up to the mercurial CEO?