Briggs’s Sil­ver Fern bid saved by child

Motor Sport News - - Historics -

Ford Mus­tang driver War­ren Briggs was aided in last week’s New Zealand Sil­ver Fern Rally by a 12-year-old stand-in co-driver.

When the 1965 Mus­tang rolled on day five of the week-long rally, Briggs thought his rally was over with reg­u­lar co-driver Gerry Bash­ford un­able to con­tinue.

How­ever, lo­cal 12-year-old Jared Hud­son was fol­low­ing the event with his fa­ther and took over for the fi­nal two days. While the ser­vice crew re­paired the Mus­tang, Hud­son fetched his li­cence, hel­met and over­alls. In New Zealand, young­sters can start co-driv­ing from a much ear­lier age than in the UK.

“It is a fan­tas­tic event,” said Uk-based Kiwi Briggs, who is best known for rac­ing an­other Mus­tang in His­toric Tour­ing Cars.

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