Nis­san-mo­bil 500 re­called

Classic Driver - - LETTERS -

At­tached are some pho­tos I hope you find of in­ter­est. I took them at the Nis­san Mo­bil 500 in Welling­ton in 1987 but they’ve lost a lit­tle clar­ity in scan­ning. I re­mem­ber go­ing to the race armed with my old Pen­tax SLR (that I still have and use!) and fir­ing off this lot. My last­ing mem­ory of the rac­ing how­ever is the awe­some sound – full noise along Jer­vois Quay – the Holden V8’s con­trast­ing against the 6 cylin­der BMWs!

My reg­u­lar day job has me look­ing out over Frank Kitts Park and I can still pic­ture and hear the ac­tiv­ity 27 years later! Ian Til­ley Welling­ton TH Now you are bring­ing back some mem­o­ries for me! The first in­ter­na­tional race meet­ing I ever saw was the 1986 Nis­san-Mo­bil 500 and like you, the sound of those en­gines down Jer­vois Quay was amaz­ing. As far as I am con­cerned, Group A was the ab­so­lute high point of Tour­ing Car rac­ing in New Zealand.

The Nis­san-Mo­bil 500 in­tro­duced top-class in­ter­na­tional tour­ing car rac­ing to New Zealand for the first time. Ian Til­ley pro­vides us with a glimpse of the ac­tion from the 1987 race 1. The no. 2 Mo­bil HDT-Com­modore slips past a dam­aged BMW M325i and what looks to be a Ford Es­cort XR4i? 2. The mess is al­most cleared up as a works Jaguar XJS passes 3. Alfa-Romeo’s GTV6 was never a great suc­cess in Group A but it al­ways sounded great 4. The Ford is at least point­ing in the right

di­rec­tion 5. Avon Hyde al­ways rated this BMW635CSI

as the best car he ever raced

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