SPE­CIAL FEA­TURE 2009 Nis­san GT- R • 1995 BMW M3 • 2013 Mercedes- Benz AMG C63 507

New Zealand Classic Car - - Special Feature -

event be­gan to in­crease and, dur­ing the plan­ning stages for the 1998 Targa New Zealand, it be­came ob­vi­ous to or­ga­niz­ers that a grow­ing num­ber of mo­tor­ing en­thu­si­asts wanted to par­tic­i­pate in the event with­out hav­ing to se­ri­ously mod­ify their cars to com­ply with the ever-more-strin­gent mo­tor sport safety reg­u­la­tions.

This de­mand was an­swered with the Britz New Zealand Targa Sup­porter’s Tour. In 1998, the in­au­gu­ral tour at­tracted 11 en­trants — in­stantly prov­ing it­self to be more suc­cess­ful than the pre­vi­ous Targa Tempo cat­e­gory. ( Con­tin­ued on page 28.)

Mike’s weapon of choice — an E36 3.0-litre Euro-spec M3 — is cer­tainly up to the task of keep­ing up with the faster tour cars. With its dis­tinc­tive car­bon-fi­bre bon­net, Mike’s M3 also fea­tures a fi­bre­glass boot and rear wing, Bil­stein shocks, fully ad­justable sway bars, cus­tom road springs, lots of ex­tra chas­sis-re­in­force­ment plates, up­graded brakes, and a Z3 steer­ing rack. Mike

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