New Zealand Classic Car - - Contents - Words and pho­tos: Quin­ton Taylor

You know that you’ve just watched a great race when, on the cool-down lap, all the flag mar­shals leave their posts to ap­plaud the two lead­ing con­tenders — what a bat­tle! In­ver­cargill’s Bren­don Ma­son gave it his all in the last race for the Clas­sic Saloons over 2501cc class, and pro­vided a real crowdthriller fin­ish. Bear­ing in mind that the PDL Mus­tang is a pur­pose-built race car that was hugely suc­cess­ful in its day and Ma­son’s Ca­maro was a highly mod­i­fied road car, the epic bat­tle that en­sued at this meet­ing was clas­sic rac­ing at its best.

Sidelined on Satur­day with gear­box prob­lems, the PDL Mus­tang crew worked hard to get this iconic race car back on the track for two wins on Sun­day.

Ma­son re­ally threw the big Ca­maro around the tight back curves of Tere­tonga Park, putting heavy pres­sure on Ste­wart, who held on to the win — the stand­ing ova­tion around the track was well de­served.

Ma­son won the first race on Satur­day for this group over Ross Graham (New Ply­mouth) in his Holden To­rana, fol­lowed by Bradley Daw­son (In­ver­cargill) in his Ca­maro. Le Roy Steven­son re­turned to the pits with a blown dif­fer­en­tial in his Freeth Star­let be­fore he was able to race. In the sec­ond race (hand­i­cap), Graham Fraser (Queen­stown) led home in his BMW with Stu­art Black (Dunedin) in his Porsche 944 sec­ond.

Clas­sic Saloons 0–2501cc was dom­i­nated by Dar­ren Clark (Queen­stown) in his Toyota Star­let with two good wins, while Scott O’donnell (In­ver­cargill) had a win in his Alfa Romeo GTV2000, and San­dra Eden (Queen­stown) took the other win in her BMW in the hand­i­cap race on Sun­day. For­mula Ford (FF) hon­ours went to Jor­dan Michels in his My­gale FF with fel­low In­ver­cargill driver Steve Hef­fer­nan sec­ond in his FF in all their week­end races.

His­toric Touring Cars pro­vided an­other high­light when two-time World Touring Car cham­pion Paul Ra­disich ar­rived down for the week­end of rac­ing and also for the spe­cial Ford Mo­tor­sport cel­e­bra­tion at Bill Richard­son Trans­port World on the Fri­day evening be­fore the race meet­ing. When Ra­disich was re­united with his old Ford Mon­deo su­per tourer, he showed that he has not lost his touch, fin­ish­ing sec­ond to

Phil Mauger in his Nissan Primera. Ra­disich had to leave early and did not take part in the sec­ond race, again won by Mauger, with Bruce Miles (Christchurch) in a BMW in sec­ond. Miles won twice on Sun­day.

Vin­tage Rac­ing Cars had two races on Satur­day with Paul Coory (Mos­giel) the win­ner in his Chevrolet Sprinter in both. On Sun­day, Graeme Hamil­ton (Lyt­tel­ton) won both of Sun­day’s races in his ACE III. For­mula Li­bre was dom­i­nated by Gary Cooper (Mos­giel) in his Rey­nard with three wins and twice breaking the lap record. In the last race, he copped a 10-sec­ond penalty, and Bren­don Leitch took the win his Ralt.

Sports Cars was dom­i­nated by Jack On­drack (Canada) in a TVR Tus­can V8, who won all four races. Trevor Lines (Auck­land) in his beau­ti­fully pre­pared Red­line Spe­cial, Ja­son Cros­bie (In­ver­cargill) in his Beck Spe­cial, and Dave Robert­son (In­ver­cargill) in his ACE Buck­ler shared the other plac­ings.

Pre-65s rac­ing was a great week­end for Paul Clarke (Dunedin) in his Ford Mus­tang with three wins from four races. In the hand­i­cap race, John Mack­ley (Wal­lace­town) took a win in his Ford Anglia, while, down the or­der, some great bat­tles en­ter­tained the crowd.

Noel Mcin­tyre Drainage Club­mans Saloons showed Liam Macdon­ald (In­ver­cargill) to be too tough to beat, with the orange Ford Fal­con fly­ing home well ahead of the field for wins in all four events. Liam also took the hon­ours in the Fly­ing Farewell.

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