His­toric in­ter­na­tional cars com­ing

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Five New Zealand mo­tor­rac­ing cir­cuits will fea­ture in a world­wide cel­e­bra­tion of his­toric rac­ing when the For­mula Ju­nior Di­a­mond Ju­bilee reaches lo­cal shores in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary 2017.

More than 50 his­toric For­mula Ju­nior sin­gle-seater race cars from abroad are ex­pected to be shipped to New Zealand as part of the in­ter­na­tional 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions of the mo­tor-rac­ing for­mula that started in Italy in 1958. The in­ter­na­tional com­peti­tors will join around 30 lo­cal For­mula Ju­nior cars to race at Hamp­ton Downs, Taupo, Christchurch, Ti­maru and In­ver­cargill rac­ing cir­cuits.

Terry Col­lier, who will com­pete in the New Zealand For­mula Ju­nior Di­a­mond Ju­bilee races and is act­ing as spokesper­son for the group of Kiwi For­mula Ju­nior en­thu­si­asts help­ing or­ga­nize the New Zealand leg of the cel­e­bra­tory world tour, said: “For­mula Ju­niors were ba­si­cally scaled-down For­mula 1 cars of the pe­riod from 1958 to 1963, but built from eas­ily avail­able pro­duc­tion car com­po­nents such as Fiat, Saab, Ford Anglia and Austin A40. The ‘ ju­nior’ po­si­tions these cars in ref­er­ence to the ‘se­nior’ For­mula 1 cars of that era. As well as be­ing minia­ture For­mula 1 cars, the For­mula Ju­nior class also strad­dled an im­por­tant time in terms of tech­no­log­i­cal changes, in par­tic­u­lar, the move from drum to disc brakes and from front to rear en­gine de­signs.

“Fans can see many, many cars with fas­ci­nat­ing pedi­grees at the New Zealand races, such as the ex Den­nis Hulme Cooper T51 be­ing raced by Kevin An­der­son of Christchurch and a Brab­ham BT2 be­ing driven by John Rap­ley of Para­pa­raumu, which was once raced by ‘great train rob­ber’ Roy James.”

The For­mula Ju­nior Di­a­mond Ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tions be­gan ear­lier this year with races in South Africa, then moved to Europe over the past few months with sev­eral New Zealan­ders trans­port­ing their cars to race at pres­ti­gious events such as the His­toric Monaco Grand Prix. The cel­e­bra­tory world tour reaches Aus­tralia in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber this year, be­fore mov­ing to New Zealand in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary 2017, then go­ing on to North Amer­ica and fin­ish­ing in Europe in 2018.

“We’re ex­pect­ing around 90 For­mula Ju­niors to com­pete in the events sched­uled at Hamp­ton Downs, Taupo, Rua­puna (Christchurch), Lev­els (Ti­maru) and Tere­tonga (In­ver­cargill). These events will also in­clude races for other his­toric and clas­sic classes fea­tur­ing lo­cal cars and driv­ers.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit for­mu­la­ju­nior.com or keep an eye on face­book.com/ Mo­tor­sport­newzealand.

For­mula Ju­nior Di­a­mond Ju­bilee New Zealand seg­ment, event dates:

Jan­uary 13–15 — Hamp­ton Downs

Jan­uary 20–22 — Hamp­ton Downs (new long cir­cuit)

Jan­uary 27–29 — Bruce Mclaren Mo­tor­sport Park, Taupo

Fe­bru­ary 3–5 — Mike Pero Mo­tor­sport Park, Christchurch

Fe­bru­ary 11–12 — Lev­els Race­way, Ti­maru

Fe­bru­ary 18–19 — Tere­tonga Park, In­ver­cargill

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