# 493 1996 HONDA IN­TE­GRA David O’neill / Blair Brook­banks Mike Walsh / Nigel Walsh Bernie Hi­e­s­tand / Jilly Hut­son

New Zealand Classic Car - - SPECIAL FEATURE -

eam NZ Bar­ris­ter is com­pet­ing once again in Targa. The car, spon­sored by Eb­bett Audi, AON, Alexis IT and Sta­ples Rod­way, is ready to con­test the 2015 event. The weapon of choice is a mod­i­fied 1996 Honda In­te­gra. The car is cur­rently on its third en­gine, which is prov­ing very re­li­able — at last — and the team be­hind it like­wise re­mains as re­li­able as ever. David O’neill, the owner, per­forms driv­ing du­ties, Blair Brook­banks is co-driver, and Hay­den Robert­son and Shane Hinga are the ser­vice crew al­though, given the Honda’s re­li­a­bil­ity, they haven’t had to do much to date. In ad­di­tion to his spon­sors, David also en­joys the sup­port of his wife and fam­ily, be­cause with­out them there would be no rac­ing at all.

NZ Bar­ris­ter — Vic­to­ria Le­gal Cham­bers, 1/240 Vic­to­ria Street, Hamil­ton Ph.: 07 839 1745 Web­site: nzbar­ris­ter.com

Matthew and Mitch are ex­cited for their first main event, af­ter par­tak­ing in the Targa Sprint and Bam­bina this year. They’re rac­ing a 2006 Mit­subishi Lancer Evo­lu­tion IX that has been con­verted from an en­durance-track race car. While still a work in progress, the Evo is now run­ning MCA sus­pen­sion, a wider track with a flared bodykit, and small per­for­mance im­prove­ments. Mitch has an ex­ten­sive back­ground in go-kart­ing and cir­cuit rac­ing, while Matthew is fairly new to the sport. This has been their first at­tempt at any form of rally, but both are thor­oughly en­joy­ing Targa, and hope the six-day event will be an­other step for­ward for them.

An­drew Simms — New­mar­ket and Botany 500 Broad­way, New­mar­ket; 350 Te Iri­rangi Drive, Botany Ph.: 09 523 7270 Web­site: an­drewsimms.co.nz

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