Ever won­dered what would hap­pen if you threw most of the driv­ers from the Enzed Cen­tral Mus­cle Cars (CMC) se­ries into iden­ti­cal ve­hi­cles? We hadn’t, but that’s ex­actly what hap­pened re­cently when the class hit an in­door go-kart track as part of the club’s AGM. No amount of race en­gi­neer­ing or ex­cess horse­power was go­ing to help out there; it would come down to driver skill and a touch of luck. The driv­ers were split into teams to com­pete in a re­lay for­mat, each driv­ing 10-lap stints, with the win­ner be­ing the first team to clock 120 laps. The driv­ers’ brief­ing in­cluded the usual rib­bing of those driv­ers of­ten found on the grass at the track, and sim­i­lar threats of planned sab­o­tage. None too sur­pris­ingly, no one planned to take it easy, as, al­though the only prize on the line was brag­ging rights, that was all the in­cen­tive the driv­ers needed — NZV8’ s own Todd Wylie, who’d some­how wan­gled him­self a ride, in­cluded. Just two laps in, there was al­ready a de­cent­sized tan­gle, al­though — thank­fully, con­sid­er­ing the com­pet­i­tive per­son­al­i­ties in­volved — rac­ing re­mained rel­a­tively in­ci­dent-free. How­ever, some teams were given a fair num­ber of penal­ties, both for kart-to-kart con­tact and for for­get­ting to change driv­ers at the cor­rect lap num­ber. From halfway through the race, one team seemed to be step­ping ahead, that team con­sist­ing of Tris­tan Teki, Clarke Hop­kins, Steve Ross, and Chris Barry, a for­mer kart driver who now crews for Teki. The team was con­sis­tently fast, with Tris­tan set­ting the lap record late in the race, and de­servedly took the win and the as­so­ci­ated brag­ging rights. How did the others go? Well, it must be said that the team that came in sec­ond con­tained only one CMC driver, Calvin An­drew, plus two crew mem­bers and — one mag­a­zine edi­tor! A big thanks must go to the class for the in­vi­ta­tion.

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