Skope Clas­sic 2016 A

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Words and pho­tos: Lloyd Proc­tor

large crowd in ex­cess of 10,000 was en­ter­tained by some great mo­tor rac­ing at the Skope Clas­sic over Wai­tangi week­end, with 35 races across a wide range of sin­gle-seater and sa­loon-car races at Mike Pero Mo­tor­sport Park, Rua­puna.

The fea­tured class for the event was the Archibalds His­toric Tour­ing cars, with over­seas driv­ers Jim Richards (BMW 635 CSI), Tony Longhurst (BMW E36 Su­per­tourer), and Gian­franco Bran­catelli (BMW M3) prov­ing draw­cards, along with the su­perb pre­sen­ta­tion and se­lec­tion of tour­ing-car mem­o­ra­bilia from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. Dom­i­nat­ing the on-track per­for­mances, Stephen Grel­let (BMW M3) from Dunedin took three wins, in­clud­ing the prized Sir Robert­son Ste­wart Grand Prix tro­phy race, then sat out the fi­nal race, which fea­tured an en­ter­tain­ing duel be­tween the even­tual win­ner, Brett Stephens of Motueka, in the turbo Sierra Cos­worth; Jim Richards; Andy Greenslade, driv­ing the fa­mous Peanut Slab Sierra Cos­worth; and the stun­ning Zak­speed Es­cort of Christchurch’s Gary Wilkinson. They pre­ceded some mighty fine tour­ing-car ma­chin­ery, which in­cluded both of the E36 Su­pertour­ers made fa­mous in the hands of Paul Mor­ris and Tony Longhurst that, ac­cord­ing to the com­men­ta­tors, ‘bought the biffo back into the bin­gle’. Roger Townshend’s Cologne Capri drew looks of envy and ad­mi­ra­tion on and off the track among a line-up of BMW M3s to kill for, NZ Tour­ing Car Coronas, a Nis­san Sen­tra, an

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