NEW ZEALAND CLAS­SIC CAR MO­TOR­SPORT FLASH­BACK

New Zealand Classic Car - - MOTORSPORT FLASHBACK -

Forza Oxo!

If you ever wanted to know what un­bri­dled pride looks like, you only had to check out David Ox­ton in the pits at Hamp­ton Downs, as his son Richard brought the Trass Fam­ily Mo­tor­sport Fer­rari 458 to a halt af­ter fin­ish­ing a highly cred­i­ble fourth in his sports-car-rac­ing de­but in the re­cent Mahin­dra One-hour race.

Un­til then Richard had been plug­ging away in the phe­nom­e­nally suc­cess­ful BMW E30 se­ries — ei­ther at or near the front — but the Fer­rari of­fered a four-fold in­crease in power. How­ever, the 29-year-old han­dled it with aplomb.

As you can imag­ine, David was de­lighted — not in a ‘hey, that’s my boy’ kind of way, but rather with the quiet sat­is­fac­tion of know­ing that it had been a job well done, as only an ex-racer of Dave’s cal­i­bre would know.

The Trass Fer­rari equipe war­rants a more in-depth study at an­other time, but for those of us who al­ways hoped we’d see David rac­ing a Fer­rari, see­ing his lad do­ing well was pretty spe­cial. Forza Oxo!

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