9–11 Novem­ber The Sound / MG Car Club MG Clas­sic

New Zealand Classic Car - - Nationwide Events -

The MG Car Club’s MG Clas­sic mo­tor race meet­ing, now in its 33rd year, is the long­est con­tin­u­ously run­ning race meet­ing in New Zealand. The 2018 event will run over three days — Fri­day, 9 Novem­ber to Sun­day, 11 Novem­ber — at Man­feild Cir­cuit Chris Amon in Feild­ing.

Fri­day will be a prac­tice day, then the week­end will be filled with back-to­back rac­ing — no de­lays be­tween the bursts of ex­cite­ment. Cus­tom­ar­ily, there are 40 races over the week­end

meet­ing, with lunchtime rides on the track for the cost of a small dona­tion to one of the or­ga­nizer’s cho­sen char­i­ties, the Can­cer So­ci­ety and Kara­hands.

The event has be­come no­table for its large clas­sic grids, with the class di­vided into three broadly sim­i­lar speed group­ings. The pop­u­lar His­toric Mus­cle Cars (HMC) will be back, with their colour­ful and noisy dis­play, as will the His­toric Sports Sedans (HSC) and Pre 65s. Also worth the ad­mis­sion price will be the New Zealand Sports Cars and For­mula Li­bre class, whose mem­bers put up a close rac­ing spec­ta­cle with their pur­pose-built rac­ing cars. For those who en­joy open-wheel rac­ing, there is the His­toric Sin­gle Seaters class,

and not for­get­ting the Open class, in which more mod­ern cars that are not el­i­gi­ble for other classes can com­pete.

For the first time, there will also be a Tran­zam class, which will bring plenty of ex­cite­ment and pace to chal­lenge the mus­cle cars for spec­ta­tor pop­u­lar­ity.

The va­ri­ety of the field at this meet­ing is not matched at other meet­ings and well worth the $25-per­day price of ad­mis­sion. Chil­dren un­der 14 are free if ac­com­pa­nied by an adult.

Any­one in­ter­ested in com­pet­ing this year or in the fu­ture can con­tact the or­ga­niz­ers through the MG Clas­sic Rac­ing Face­book page or web­site, mg­car­club.org.nz.

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