Dream car races the tracks

Taupo Times - - OUT & ABOUT - TA­MARA THORN

Lots of peo­ple out there love their cars so much, the Taupo Times thought it had bet­ter share some of that pas­sion with a news se­ries en­ti­tled -

Our first pro­file is Cam Stephens and his pride and joy - a 2004 Subaru Im­preza WRX STI, 2000cc, 6-speed man­ual.

His love of cars started from a young age and he has been dream­ing of own­ing such a car since the age of 10.

That dream cam true two years ago and on Satur­day he took it out for his first ever event on the Bruce McLaren Mo­tor­sport Park track.

Satur­day’s ‘Street Fight­ers’ event served as a way to fi­nally set­tle the war be­tween Mit­subishi and Subaru and gave the car lovers from near and far a chance to en­ter their pride and joy into races and cruises to show what their cars do.

The day had cars tack­ling the Bruce McLaren race track, skid­ding up the skid pad, drag races be­tween the two makes of car, and also a cruis­ing event which let pas­sen­gers ex­pe­ri­ence the turns and abouts of the pop­u­lar track.

Stephens said the event was where all the Subaru and Evo en­thu­si­asts came to­gether.

It was a place to mix, min­gle and share a pas­sion for cars. He said ev­ery­one has a mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and pride in their cars.

Stephens said his choice of car was not too ex­pen­sive and it was easy enough to look af­ter.

Work­ing at Hen­son & Mur­ray En­gine Re­builders was also an ad­van­tage and he said if any­thing hap­pened to his car, he could eas­ily fix it.

When it was time to race and show off his pride and joy, the speedo’ touched 190km/h com­ing along the BMC’s long straight and he flew past two oth­ers on the corner.

He also ex­pe­ri­enced his first ‘track tas­sel’.

He said the track was good to drive on. He had an idea of what it would be like be­cause he got the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the track ear­lier.

‘‘The best part of the day is the rac­ing and the cruis­ing,’’ he said. ‘‘I’ll keep do­ing it, I’m hooked now.’’ Stevens said he re­ally en­joyed the day and it was good to see fel­low en­thu­si­asts all around him tak­ing part.

If you know some­one with a cool car story let us know by email­ing steph.rangi@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz.

Cam Stephens pre­pares to race his pride and joy at the Bruce McLaren Mo­tor­sport Park

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