ARD­MORE SHOW­DOWN

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DRIFT­ING, DRAGS, SKIDS AND PLANES, WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT FROM A CAR SHOW?

Boasting jet cars, jet planes and with drift­ing to top it off — the Ard­more Show­down played host to a va­ri­ety of events at Auck­land’s Ard­more Air­port

Planes rac­ing jet cars, and drift cars locked in some sort of Manji battle with he­li­copters, this stuff is not your usual car-show en­ter­tain­ment — un­less you found your­self at Ard­more Aero­drome for Wings vs Wheels — Ard­more Show­down on Fe­bru­ary 15.

Hold­ing rac­ing at Ard­more is not an un­usual con­cept: the New Zealand Grand Prix took place there nearly 50 years ago on the once-avail­able cir­cuit sec­tion. How­ever back then it was Chris Amon, Jackie Ste­wart and Bruce McLaren do­ing the rac­ing in open wheel­ers — this time the only open wheeler we saw was a stock car rac­ing down the drag strip, and any­one en­tered could put their car down the line and race their friends in flag-drop-style drag rac­ing, not un­like Drag Wars in the first Fast and Fu­ri­ous film.

Throw­ing a drift sec­tion into the mix, the airstrip was lit up with cones to pro­vide a course for the up­com­ing grass­roots driv­ers. A wild mix of Holden VN Com­modores, Honda Civics and S-chas­sis cars brought skids to the peo­ple, dic­ing cones up down the re­dun­dant run­way. A burnout sec­tion en­sured the smoke was taken care of by the likes of ‘Mad Max’ Flower in his turbo 26B-pow­ered FD RX-7. How­ever the rear end caught fire thanks to a bit too much ex­cited, burned rub­ber, and so the car’s burnout sadly ended pre­ma­turely.

Mov­ing to the larger, more cen­tral run­way, the bat­tles were played out be­tween a he­li­copter and Nico Reid, Sky Zhao and Ricky Lee. They threw their cars side­ways down the run­way, but the he­li­copter still man­aged to beat the drift team as it also weaved its way up and down the track.

The next battle took place be­tween Steve Za­horodny’s jet drag car and a clas­sic Striker jet fighter. A bit of hu­man co­or­di­na­tion was needed to get the tim­ing right, and the drag car was re­leased as the jet plane soared above. It was hard to say who won …

SPIT­FIRES SHOT OVER­HEAD AND STUNT PLANES LAID DOWN TOSSES AND TUM­BLES AS SMOKE POURED FROM THE REAR

Spit­fires shot over­head, stunt planes laid down tosses and tum­bles as smoke poured from the rear, and the Show­down also in­cluded a show and shine, which was well at­tended by many of the lo­cal car clubs. The likes of the NZ Fi­jian Cars, Cho­sen Few and Auck­land Evo­lu­tions had dis­plays, with a wide range of high-pow­ered ve­hi­cles on show.

De­spite the planes, the 26B skids, jet-car drag rac­ing and the clas­sic flag-drop drag rac­ing, Ard­more was one of the most re­laxed and laid-back events we have at­tended this year. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how the or­ga­niz­ers can come up with a big­ger, bet­ter ver­sion for 2016.

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The clas­sic Enkei RP05s on this Evo III brought back mem­o­ries of older times

Th­ese go-karts were go­ing scar­ily fast, and we saw some in­ter­est­ing en­gine set-ups on the lit­tle frames

Two gen­er­a­tions of white-on-white Evo­lu­tions, prov­ing the clas­sic combo is here to stay

Brent Crookes has given up drift­ing and drag rac­ing for stock-car rac­ing, and af­ter a few mod­i­fi­ca­tions for straight-line driv­ing he man­aged to grad­u­ally make trac­tion to­wards the end of the field Pop­ping out a few more flames than usual, the Za­horodny jet car spat flames longer than the car’s chas­sis!

Troy’s Soarer was sit­ting tidily on a full set of Work Equips

This sleeper Galant plays host to an SR20, and slayed cars all day

Sky Zhao’s newly fit­ted Do-Luck kit gave fresh life to his LS7-pow­ered 350Z

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