New Zealand Classic Car - - Contents - Words and photos: Steve Ritchie

This year’s Icebreaker, which re­ally was as the name says, about break­ing through the ice-cold winds and rain, took place over the week­end of Septem­ber 30 and Oc­to­ber 1. Al­though Satur­day was mainly fine, Sun­day was any­thing but that for the most part. Sur­pris­ing to say, there were not too many safety cars or ma­jor in­ci­dents all things considered. This event, which was or­ga­nized by HRC Events was the first of the ’17/’18 sea­son for many of the classes rac­ing. This in­cluded the Hoot­ers Vin­tage Se­ries, PPG Clas­sic Tri­als, His­toric For­mula Ford, Euro­pean Rac­ing Clas­sics (ERC) Se­ries (spon­sored by Ar­row Wheels and Auck­land En­gi­neer­ing Sup­plies [AES]), BMW Race Driver Se­ries, and Tro­feo Se­ries.

Rac­ing got un­der­way on Satur­day prior to qual­i­fy­ing with the Hoot­ers Vin­tage Se­ries, which is into just its sec­ond sea­son. This is vin­tage rac­ing for cars pre 1960, with the old­est ex­am­ple be­ing the 1931 BSA FW32 of Ray Ferner. This, with just a 1000cc en­gine didn’t do too badly, tak­ing two sec­ond places and one third place. Wal­ter Find­lay, driv­ing an El­vaDKW 100FJ was the win­ner of the day, win­ning the first two races.

The Alfa Tro­feo Se­ries, re­branded this year as the Tro­feo Se­ries, is open to any Ital­ian cars, with the field be­ing full of Al­fas and Fi­ats. There are sev­eral classes within this field of cars; how­ever, over­all, in the first se­ries race on Satur­day, Ed­die Beres­ford and the trusty Al­fa­sud Ti stayed in con­trol of the race from start to fin­ish. All Sun­day’s races were hand­i­cap races, which meant that the faster cars started with a hand­i­cap, thus mak­ing the last few laps of the eight-lap races rather ex­cit­ing. Dar­ron Cur­phey, in just his first race with the blue 2005 Alfa GT, worked his way to the top from his 12th-place start, while the Black 2004 GT of Steve Cowie took out the fi­nal race for the Tro­feo class.

Run­ning on the Sun­day only was the PPG Clas­sic Tri­als. Driv­ers are re­quired to se­lect a lap time prior to the day’s rac­ing and no­tify or­ga­niz­ers, then must achieve lap times clos­est to this nom­i­nated time over the 15 min­utes. In the change­able con­di­tions, this would have been rather dif­fi­cult; how­ever, David Tol­hurst, in a Ford Capri GT, nav­i­gated the con­di­tions nicely to win round one of the Clas­sic Tri­als se­ries with an av­er­age of .93 sec­onds over the three ses­sions. Fol­low­ing him home were Peter O’sul­li­van in a Mazda MX-5 then Robyn Rid­ing in a Porsche 924T.

Thir­teen cars raced in the His­toric For­mula Ford round on Satur­day, which was won by reg­u­lar win­ner Keith Main­land. Not too many cars race in this class, which does have a rather big vari­a­tion. Sun­day’s rac­ing saw the field re­duced to just six starters, and, with Main­land be­ing a non-starter, Dave Sil­ver­ton in a PRS For­mula Ford fin­ished first in

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