Evo­lu­tion Mo­tor­sport Clas­sic Speed­fest 2015

New Zealand Classic Car - - Nationwide News - Words and Pho­tos Quin­ton Tay­lor

Held at Tere­tonga on Fe­bru­ary 20–22, this year’s event at­tracted some 125 en­trants from var­i­ous parts of the world. Many of them not only brought friends, fam­ily and me­chan­ics along, but left their cars for re­pair or stor­age, and en­cour­aged oth­ers to take ad­van­tage of abun­dant lo­cal skills. Along with those vis­i­tors, the week­end brought a large chunk of money into south­ern busi­nesses.

The week­end of ca­ma­raderie and fun mo­tor sport was a big at­trac­tion for many, and the laid-back at­mos­phere en­abled ev­ery­one to min­gle with the driv­ers, talk mo­tor rac­ing and en­joy the cars. It was a bit like in­ter­na­tional mo­tor rac­ing used to be in the golden days of the ’60s.

Rain on Satur­day meant a non-ap­pear­ance of the Ar­rows Hart V10-pow­ered three-seater ver­sion of the F1 car, and the Fer­rari 412T1B F1 V12-pow­ered race car. How­ever, bright sunny con­di­tions on Sun­day meant ev­ery­one’s at­ten­tion turned to­wards the pits at the lunch break as th­ese mag­nif­i­cent-sound­ing cars burst into life for a very wel­come ex­tended track ses­sion.

Luck­i­est of all were the oc­cu­pants in the two rear seats in the Ar­rows car as it howled around the cir­cuit.

The rac­ing was again great to watch this year, and de­spite it be­ing a clas­sic meet­ing, there were some great bat­tles in all classes with very close rac­ing.

Ma­caulay Ford For­mula Li­bre

On Satur­day the up­front battle was be­tween John Wil­liams, of Christchurch, in his Crossle FF 2000, and Dave Mcken­zie, of In­ver­cargill, in his Rey­nard 84F. It was close, with wins in the dry on Satur­day to Wil­liams and in the wet to Mcken­zie. Trevor Early, of In­ver­cargill, man­aged a sec­ond plac­ing in his Rey­nard FF2000, while Ethan An­der­son of River­ton, in a Van Diemen Stealth, scored two thirds.

It was Wil­liams’ day on Sun­day with a win in all three races, beat­ing Mcken­zie in the first race fol­lowed by Steve Hef­fer­nan, of In­ver­cargill. It was close in the sec­ond with Mcken­zie sec­ond, and Aus­tralian Lance Car­ward­ing in a Brab­ham BT23 third. It was an en­ter­tain­ing re­sult in the third race, with Wil­liams tak­ing the win over Mcken­zie on the fi­nal lap.

Pro­fes­sion­als Real Es­tate Clas­sic Sa­loons

Al­lan Dip­pie of Dunedin, in his wickedly fast MGBGT V8, and Jim Wal­lace of Cairns, in his BMW, shared wins on Satur­day. For­merly of Christchurch, Wal­lace first com­peted in the 1960s and has reg­u­larly raced in clas­sic events in New Zealand. Roger Cun­ning­ham of In­ver­cargill, in his Ford Shelby Mus­tang-r, was third in both races.

Sun­day and dry weather saw Alexan­dra’s Grant Constable open with a win in his Dat­sun 240Z, no mean feat, with the closely fol­low­ing Steve Scoles, of Ou­tram, in his V8-pow­ered Tri­umph TR7 and Dip­pie third.

In the af­ter­noon Constable left the cir­cuit, with the win to Scoles, and Dip­pie sec­ond and a charg­ing Paul Bur­net, of Auck­land, home third in his Holden To­rana XU1. Constable re­gained com­po­sure in the last race to win from Scoles.

AJ Auto Elec­tri­cal For­mula Ju­niors and Sievwright Auto Vin­tage Rac­ing Cars

Com­bin­ing the two cat­e­gories pro­vided not just good-sized fields, but some in­ter­est­ing rac­ing. The sight of Robert Boult’s huge Edel­brock Spe­cial thun­der­ing along with its lazy big V8 and a

back­drop of revving For­mula Ju­nior en­gines pro­vided some real contrasts of rac­ing styles.

In For­mula Ju­nior it was David Innes, of Eng­land, in his Lo­tus 27 and Bruce Edgar, of Australia, in his Elfin with a win each on Satur­day.

Australia’s Neil Mccrud­den, in a Lo­tus 20/22, won first up on Sun­day, and then Innes came back to take the other two races.

The vin­tage rac­ing cars pro­vided a win first up on Satur­day to Paul Coghill, of Dunedin, in his Jaguar Spe­cial with Martin Dip­pie, of Dunedin, in his Austin Healey sec­ond. The re­sult was swapped for the sec­ond race.

On Sun­day, the long legs of the Coghill’s Jaguar were supreme in the dry, with three wins and Dip­pie sec­ond in each.

South­land Pre ’65 Sa­loons

A real mix of en­ter­tain­ing clas­sics in this class, with In­ver­cargill’s Wayne Tuf­fley in his Ford Mus­tang beat­ing club­mate John Smolen­ski in his Ford Fal­con XP.

On Sun­day Tuf­fley made it a dra­matic fin­ish in the hand­i­cap race, with a win on the line from Barry Mor­gan, of Wanaka, in his Ford Mus­tang with Greg Ste­wart, of Castle­rock, third in his Ford Mus­tang.

Mor­gan pulled out the stops to just beat Tuf­fley in the sec­ond hand­i­cap race. In the fi­nal Pre ’65 hand­i­cap race, it was the de­cep­tively fast Vaux­hall PB Velox of Dan Pa­trick, of Christchurch, who was supreme, with Jon Michelle, also from Christchurch, sec­ond in a MKI Ford Cortina. Ste­wart fin­ished the day with an­other win in the third race.

Jescos His­toric Tour­ing Cars

Bmw-mounted Aaron Black, of Dunedin, and Kevin Un­der­wood, of Auck­land, had a win each on Satur­day.

Auck­land’s Con­rad Timms in his BMW M3 led the field home on Sun­day morn­ing from Un­der­wood and Black. In the af­ter­noon Dunedin’s Stephen Grel­let and his BMW M3 won, with the im­pres­sively-turned-out Zac­speed Ford Es­cort of Gary Wilkin­son, of Christchurch, sec­ond. In the fi­nal race it was an­other win for Grel­let, fol­lowed by Timms, and then Al­lan Dip­pie in his Rover Vitesse.

South­land Tyre Cen­tre Sports Cars

Dunedin’s Stu­art Black, in his Porsche 944, won first on Satur­day from Dave Robert­son in the rapid lit­tle Ace/buck­ler.

On Sun­day John Os­borne, of Christchurch, drove his Nis­san 300ZX to lead home Black in both races, only to be rel­e­gated to third in the sec­ond be­hind Black and Bryan Rus­batch of Dunedin, in his Porsche, af­ter jump­ing the start and in­cur­ring a 10-sec­ond penalty. Os­borne made no mis­take with the third race, and led home fol­lowed by Black and Rus­batch.

Noel Mcin­tyre Drainage Club­man Sa­loons

Five races and five wins to Gore’s Inky Tul­loch in his Ca­maro GT3 for a clean sweep of this class. He was fol­lowed home by Brian Scott, of Dunedin, and Jamie Hod­gins, of Dunedin.

On Sun­day Tul­loch was fol­lowed home in the first race by Scott, and in third was 16-year-old NZV8 driver, Liam Macdon­ald, of In­ver­cargill.

In the sec­ond race and start­ing al­most a full lap be­hind the first car on hand­i­cap, Tul­loch passed Dean Maw, of In­ver­cargill, on the last lap to win, with Ja­son Cros­bie third.

In the Fly­ing Farewell, Tul­loch left the field be­hind to win over Macdon­ald, and Martin Dip­pie in third.

2. 3. 5. 6. Hard charg­ers — Al­lan Dip­pie in his MGBGT V8 bat­tles with Steve Scoles in his Tri­umph TR7 Robert Boult hav­ing a ball in the Edel­brock Spe­cial What a line-up! A re­laxed at­mos­phere en­abled the public to wan­der through the pits and view the machi

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