TACCOC Sum­mer Clas­sic

New Zealand Classic Car - - Reader's Writes -

Sum­mer fi­nally showed its face in time for the an­nual Thor­ough­bred and Clas­sic Car Own­ers Club (TACCOC) Sum­mer Clas­sic, held at Hamp­ton Downs on Novem­ber 1. We were treated to some fine rac­ing once again — on the card for this event was the ERC Se­ries (Ar­row Wheels and Aes/trade­zone), Alfa Tro­feo, His­toric For­mula Ju­nior, and For­mula Ford, plus In­vited Sports Cars, His­toric Sports Sedans, and the PPG Clas­sic Tri­als. All up, ap­prox­i­mately 100 cars were en­tered. For the most part, the rac­ing was clean, with no ma­jor in­ci­dents, but the at­tri­tion rate was still rather high in some of the classes. The well-known New Zealand Freighters (not Fire Fight­ers!) Rac­ing Team Es­cort of John Den­nehy was one of a num­ber of un­for­tu­nate ca­su­al­ties, pick­ing up two punc­tures, and, fi­nally, a sus­pect al­ter­na­tor. 25, there was lots of jostling for po­si­tion through­out the pack. Paul Made­ley gained pole po­si­tion in the first race for this class, hang­ing onto it for the du­ra­tion of the race while Gary Langs­ford, driv­ing an Alfa 75, started in eighth and made his way up to se­cond. Due to the faster lap times, th­ese two, along with Phil Joseph, were pro­moted to the quicker Ar­row Wheels class. The re­main­ing two Aes/trade­zone races were hand­i­cap starts, and were won by Win­ston Ja­cob in a Jaguar XJ-S and Ge­off Sparkes in a Tri­umph Dolomite Sprint. The faster Ar­row Wheels races were won by Tony Vu­jnovich, driv­ing a Ford Capri, and Dave Mallin, driv­ing an MGBGT V8. From tin-tops to sin­gle-seaters. The fast Martin Lu­cas was more than a match for the rest of the field in the first two races. How­ever, due to a me­chan­i­cal is­sue with the rear drive­shaft, he did not line up in the fi­nal open-wheeler race — which was won by the run­ner-up in the first two races, Keith Main­land in the 1979 Van Diemen RF 79 For­mula Ford.

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