AD­DIS CHARGER

NZV8 - - CENTRAL MUSCLE CAR NEWS -

The late-Novem­ber V8 Fes­ti­val saw the wel­come re­turn to top-flight mo­tor­sport of one of the sport’s great rac­ing icons, the leg­endary Ad­dis Charger. The one-owner Ad­dis Charger has been a race car all its life. It was brand new when en­tered into the Ben­son & Hedges (B&H) en­duro by Todd Mo­tors as one of a two-car team — this one be­ing driven by Leo Leonard and Ernie Sprague, and the sis­ter car be­ing driven by Jim Richards and Rod Cop­pins. The Richards/Cop­pins car won the race; Leonard and Sprague were se­cond, but gained the fastest lap. Graeme Ad­dis bought the Leonard/Sprague car off Todd Mo­tors and raced it in the Cas­trol GTX pro­duc­tion se­ries as well as in an­other B&H race, in which, driven by Ad­dis and Noel Good­win, it fin­ished fourth.

Fac­tory race cars, fast demos by Kiwi champs, and a full rac­ing pro­gramme will be fea­tures of the 2016 Porsche Fes­ti­val at Hamp­ton Downs. To cel­e­brate the suc­cess of Porsche’s suc­cess­ful re­turn to en­durance rac­ing, the two Ki­wis in the team, World En­durance cham­pion Bren­don Hart­ley and 24 Hours of Le Mans win­ner Earl Bam­ber, will at­tend the 2016 New Zealand Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor Rac­ing, demon­strat­ing two very spe­cial cars from the Porsche Mu­seum in Stuttgart — a 1977 Porsche 935 and a 1998 WSC LMP1 pro­to­type. The fes­ti­val is the coun­try’s largest his­toric mo­tor­sport event, and the 2016 it­er­a­tion will The car was re­tired from rac­ing in 1974, then it sat in Ad­dis’s work­shop un­til 1976, when he re­built it as a sports sedan with a space- frame chas­sis; an ex­tended wheel­base; and en­gine, sus­pen­sion, brakes, and wheels from the Cal Ray­born Lola T190 For­mula 5000, which Ad­dis had pur­chased off Red Daw­son. The mo­tor was shifted back be­hind the driver’s seat. The five- litre mo­tor was even­tu­ally re­placed with a six- litre unit, but the car dis­ap­peared from the scene when Graeme got fed up with the pol­i­tics, popped it into a con­tainer, welded up the con­tainer, and left it at the bot­tom of his gar­den for 20 years. The car — as orig­i­nal as the day it went into hi­ber­na­tion — will be at Hamp­ton Downs for Jan­uary’s two Porsche Fes­ti­val meet­ings. take place at Hamp­ton Downs Mo­tor­sport Park over two week­ends in Jan­uary — Jan­uary 15 to 17 and 22 to 24. Stuttgart’s finest will be the stars of the show on both week­ends. Also on the bill are For­mula 5000, His­toric Sports Sedans, Pre 65, His­toric Mus­cle Cars, a Euro En­duro race, and a mul­ti­tude of on- track Porsche ac­tiv­ity — from rac­ing to pas­sen­ger rides and reg­u­lar­ity tri­als. Porsche will have two fur­ther fac­tory cars on dis­play: a 918 Spy­der — the lat­est Porsche supercar — and a full-sized model of the Porsche 919 Hy­brid LMP1 race car.

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