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
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.