Rick Fin­u­cane / Derek White

New Zealand Classic Car - - Targa Driver Profiles -

ick Fin­u­cane’s love of mo­tor sport started as a kid, when he took a keen in­ter­est in all things car-, boat- and mo­tor­cy­cle re­lated. He didn’t ac­tu­ally get in­volved un­til the late ’80s, but since then it’s been non-stop. Over the years Rick has crewed, co-driven and driven on nu­mer­ous rally teams, and for many years was a speed­way sa­loon driver. Af­ter fall­ing out of love with speed­way in the early ’00s, Rick sold up and bought his cur­rent Toy­ota MR2, with the in­ten­tion of turn­ing it into a tar­mac rally car. Nat­u­rally this was ac­com­plished promptly, and he now reg­u­larly com­petes in Targa NZ. In his first Bam­bina and Ro­torua events, he man­aged mid-pack fin­ishes, but was not far off the class podium. With co-driver Derek White along­side, the pair hope to lay down a qual­ity dis­play of driv­ing at the main event this year. The team is sup­ported by Evan and Hes at Trade­zone Pukekohe, Top Tul NZ, and Bay Milk­ing Equip­ment Ltd Whakatane.

Britz Cam­per­vans Auck­land britz.co.nz

Sun­rise Clean­ing Ser­vices, Nel­son and Tas­man re­gion sun­rise­clean­ingser­vices.co.nz

The Queen­stown-based hus­band-and-wife pair­ing of Jeff Mc­can­d­less and Mar­cella Mumm is set to com­pete in their third main Targa event, cam­paign­ing the 2010 WRX STI. Orig­i­nally built by Les Walk­den Ral­ly­ing in Tas­ma­nia, the Subaru has re­cently un­der­gone a se­ries of up­grades, and is now pre­pared and run by Ricky Grey at Mach One En­gi­neer­ing. The team claimed sec­ond for In­dex of Per­for­mance 4WD All Com­ers at the 2015 Bam­bina event, and hopes to give the Fastest Hus­band and Wife Team prize a nudge this time around.

The team say they are proud to run un­der the colours of Switzers Val­ley Trans­port — the South­land-based live­stock, gen­eral cartage, sow­ing and in­ter-is­land stock trans­port spe­cial­ist — and Hamil­ton-based Ty­rone Pack­ag­ing, pro­vid­ing na­tion­wide dis­tri­bu­tion of pre­mium pack­ag­ing equip­ment, ma­chin­ery and con­sum­ables. They are also sup­ported by Gore Beau­re­paires.

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