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Alfa Romeo 155, and some su­perb repli­cas.

The orig­i­nal Walkin­shaw Jaguar and Richards/brock GTR will be un­likely to ever see the light of day on a New Zealand track, and, de­spite many long work­shop nights, a de­spon­dent An­gus Fogg failed to en­joy track time in the Prince/houri­gan XJS. The newly ac­quired Mark Petch 242T Volvo strug­gled with turbo is­sues over the week­end, but its pres­ence was ap­pre­ci­ated, par­tic­u­larly by an an­i­mated Rob­bie France­vic, while Aussie rally and race ace Colin Bond was a guest at the event and shared his mem­o­ries and thoughts on a long and dis­tin­guished mo­tor rac­ing ca­reer at the driv­ers’ din­ner.

There was mo­tor sport en­ter­tain­ment to be had across all classes, from his­toric sin­gle­seaters and vin­tage rac­ing ma­chines to grids chock full of an amaz­ing ar­ray of sa­loon and sports cars, but, when the V8s fired up, there was no time for com­fort stops or hot­dogs. The age­less Kenny Smith con­tin­ued his dom­i­nance of the big wings and slicks For­mula 5000 races with three wins from three, which in­cluded some of the best rac­ing seen from th­ese crowd­pleas­ing early ’70s sin­gle-seater race cars. In a photo fin­ish, Smith, driv­ing his Lola, just pipped a much younger and im­prov­ing Alan Dunk­ley and fel­low Auck­lan­der Brett Wil­lis on the line on Satur­day … and crowd pleas­ing they were, in­deed.

For sheer track pres­ence, 30 V8 Aus­tralian and Amer­i­can mus­cle cars rac­ing un­der the Paul Kelly Main­land ban­ner pro­vided a sight and sound spec­ta­cle of all that is good about cir­cuit rac­ing. The art of man­han­dling th­ese heavy pow­er­ful beasts and keep­ing them within the white lines of rac­ing is al­ways chal­leng­ing, to say the least. The fast and fu­ri­ous ac­tion kept the crowd on its feet, es­pe­cially in their fi­nal hand­i­cap race, with Chris Hen­der­son’s V8 Corolla tak­ing the che­quered flag from Kon­rad Scott of Geral­dine (Chevro­let Corvette) and Christchurch’s Graeme Al­lan in the beau­ti­ful yel­low Chevro­let Camaro. There were stars to ad­mire through­out the grid and guest ap­pear­ances from one or two Cen­tral Mus­cle Cars sim­ply added to this splen­did oc­ca­sion.

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