Mak­ing his mark at Fiel­d­ays

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring - MO­TOR­ING

Two ve­hi­cles with im­por­tant con­nec­tions to Kiwi rac­ing hero Greg Mur­phy will be front and cen­tre on Holden’s stand at this year’s Fiel­d­ays (June 14-17 at Mys­tery Creek, near Hamil­ton).

Tak­ing a hero po­si­tion will the Com­modore Mag­num ute, the first to land in New Zealand from the fi­nal run of limited edi­tion mod­els from the VF Com­modore ute pro­duc­tion line.

‘‘This is num­ber one of only 51 of the limited edi­tion ute com­ing into the coun­try, so we’re in­cred­i­bly proud to have this on dis­play,’’ says Marnie Sam­phier, gen­eral man­ager of mar­ket­ing for Holden NZ.

There are 51 for NZ as an homage to Mur­phy’s rac­ing num­ber.

The SS-V Red­line ute based Mag­num adds track-fo­cused driv­ing tech­nol­ogy to the 6.2-litre LS3 V8 en­gine, mated to a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

‘‘The ute goes down in folk­lore as an iconic ve­hi­cle, largely unique to NZ and Aus­tralia... it’s fit­ting the last and ar­guably best ever ex­am­ple of this ute makes its farewell at Fiel­d­ays.’’

A sec­ond car on dis­play also shares a link with the fa­mous num­ber 51.

‘‘When peo­ple think of Greg Mur­phy, they al­most cer­tainly as­so­ciate him with Bathurst, his record break­ing ‘lap of the gods’ and the fact he’s a four-time cham­pion at Mount Panorama,’’ says Sam­phier.

‘‘How­ever, there’s no bet­ter way to per­son­alise the tran­si­tion that Holden is tak­ing as a brand than to com­pare that along­side what Greg is do­ing him­self in terms of mo­tor­sport.

‘‘He’s moved from V8 Su­per­cars and is em­brac­ing the new op­por­tu­nity cour­tesy of his Holden Ba­rina, which he’s driv­ing in the NZ Rally Cham­pi­onship. His rally car will be on dis­play as part of our Fiel­d­ays pres­ence, it looks ab­so­lutely stun­ning and quite sim­ply has to be seen in the flesh to be ap­pre­ci­ated.’’

Also mak­ing its de­but is a spe­cial Fiel­d­ays Colorado. The Black­out car­ries more than $11,000 worth of accessories: front and rear flare guards, an ex­tended sports bar, sport guard liner, steel side steps, 18-inch rims and tyres, LED light bar and a nudge bar.


Greg Mur­phy and team-mate Josh Marston with the Ba­rina AP4 rally car.

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