Car New Zealand Clas­sic

New Zealand Classic Car - - TARGA BAMBINA 2016 -

Targa Tour

In­ter­est in the as­so­ci­ated-but-non­com­pet­i­tive Targa Tour also re­mains strong, with a core group of reg­u­lars en­joy­ing the quick, clean pace set by ad­vanced driv­ing in­struc­tor Devon Mil­ner, this time be­hind the wheel of one of Jaguar’s sleek new su­per­charged V6-pow­ered XE S coupés.

A favourite of the crowds lin­ing the route was the Lam­borgh­ini Gal­lardo driven with verve by Roger Bat­tersby, with Wendy Mcma­hon along­side, while back for more tour fun were Haw­era mates Norm Mcleod and Graeme Kelsen in Mcleod’s Ford Fo­cus RS, and bet­ter halves Julie (Mcleod) and Ka­reen (Kelsen) in Julie’s BMW 323i.

Set­ting, and thor­oughly en­joy­ing, their own pace a lit­tle fur­ther back was a group of clas­sic car own­ers, some new to the event, oth­ers en­cour­aged back by the of­fer of a sep­a­rate ‘cat­e­gory-within-a-cat­e­gory’.

Lead­ing by ex­am­ple was long-time tour leader Greg Paul in his Rally Tours– liv­er­ied Fiat 125.

“We’re hav­ing a ball,” Paul con­firmed at the lunchtime ser­vice on Sun­day. “We’ve got a group of half a dozen of us who are get­ting along at a com­fort­able pace … not slow … and we’re all re­ally en­joy­ing it.”

The two-day Targa Bam­bina event at Pukekohe was the first of three on the Targa New Zealand cal­en­dar this year. The next is the two-day Targa Ro­torua over the May 14–16 week­end; the third, the now-four-day Targa New Zealand from Taupo to Have­lock North on Oc­to­ber 12–16, 2016.

Targa New Zealand events are or­ga­nized with the sup­port of spon­sors An­drew Simms, Chi­cane Racewear, Eco­l­ight, Global Se­cu­rity, Kids in Cars, Me­tal­man,

mag­a­zine, Race Brakes, Racetech, Teamtalk, Trackit, and VTNZ.

Pem­broke Road, North­land, Welling­ton, and stoved in the driver’s door and front pil­lar. It was an in­sur­ance write-off, and I had no fa­cil­ity to at­tempt a restora­tion, so a unique ve­hi­cle was scrapped.

I must say it was well worn when I pur­chased it, with in­ter­est­ing fea­tures such as the floor by the ped­als. Orig­i­nally, alu­minium wrapped up­wards around a cross tube; how­ever it had suf­fered a pound­ing from stones and other road de­bris. As a con­se­quence, it had a gap just where the metal should have wrapped up­wards. I dis­cov­ered this when I drove through a deep­ish pud­dle, and the front wheel squirted wa­ter up my trouser leg. It was still a fun car to drive and very dis­tinc­tive. With su­per-wide rear tyres and no weight on

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