Car New Zealand Classic
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