50 Years of Ral­ly­ing F Win With Repco

Paul Smith Col­lec­tion ifty years of ral­ly­ing in New Zealand will be marked next year with a tour of the na­tion’s most cel­e­brated rally stages. The week-long tours, one in each of the North and South Is­lands, will tra­verse some of the most leg­endary roads

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To cel­e­brate Fa­ther’s Day, Repco are giv­ing cus­tomers the chance to win a once in a life­time ex­pe­ri­ence, and it couldn’t be any eas­ier to en­ter. By sim­ply pur­chas­ing two or more prod­ucts from any Repco store in New Zealand be­tween 11 Au­gust and 11 Septem­ber, you’ll go in the draw to win a $10,000 fam­ily hol­i­day for four peo­ple to Queenstown over 11-14 Novem­ber 2016. Thanks to Repco’s long-stand­ing as­so­ci­a­tion with High­lands Mo­tor­sport Park, the lucky overnight stops planned for Reefton, Christchurch, Oa­maru, Alexan­dra and In­ver­cargill. The fi­nal af­ter­noon sees the tour com­pleted in Dunedin on Fri­day 7, in time for the cer­e­mo­nial start of the Otago Clas­sic rally.

Sim­i­larly, the north­ern tour leaves Wellington on Sun­day April 23, mov­ing up through Master­ton, Gis­borne, Napier, Ro­torua and Auck­land, ar­riv­ing in Whangarei on Fri­day 28 to view its pop­u­lar APRC event.

The or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee com­prises some of coun­try’s most ex­pe­ri­enced of­fi­cials, re­spon­si­ble for the route plot­ting of var­i­ous Targa, Va­ri­ety Bash and na­tional cham­pi­onship ral­lies.

Event chair­man, Rod Peat, ex­plained the ra­tio­nale be­hind the tours.

“We felt 50 years of the sport needed ap­pro­pri­ate recog­ni­tion, par­tic­u­larly for those who may no longer be com­pet­ing at the sharp end. The daily tour schedule will be very much at gen­tle­man’s hours, with 8am starts and 5pm fin­ishes most days. The roads will not be closed — and will not be timed — but there should be am­ple time to wal­low in nos­tal­gia with old ri­vals.”

The tourists will com­plete the route, with a choice of in­di­vid­ual days or the whole tour, in a loose con­voy in their own nor­mal road cars.

As the start dates near, prospec­tive en­trants are be­ing kept up to date with the group’s own Face­book page — NZ’S Ral­ly­ing 50th An­niver­sary Tours.

All prof­its from the ven­ture will be chan­nelled to the new Hay­den Pad­don Foun­da­tion, de­signed to sup­port and en­cour­age young driv­ers. Be a part of this cel­e­bra­tion of ral­ly­ing in NZ by con­tact­ing the crew on nzrally50@ gmail.com.

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