Beach Hop: Beach Hop Competition: Castrol — Best Engine Bay

We want to know what you think was the best engine bay at Sony Beach Hop. So hit the ‘like’ …full story

Posted by Lara Wyatt on April 15th, 2014

News: Karen Hay: Quickest and fastest female drag racer

  Photo: Earl Edwards On Sunday, April 6 the record for New Zealand’s quickest, and fastest, female was taken out …full story

Posted by Lara Wyatt on April 14th, 2014

Kiwis dominate at Winton 400

April 9th, 2014 by Lara Wyatt


The Kiwis took out race seven at Winton raceway with Fabian Coulthard taking first and Shane Van Gisbergen standing right beside him on the podium. Coulthard was out in front on the first turn and the Lockwood racing driver remained there the entire race. Robert Dahlgren had a short trip on the track, heading straight back into pit lane after the warm-up with a mechanical issue, and it was Coulthard, Van Gisbergen, and Lowndes leading the charge on lap one.

Volvo was again in the pits within the first 10 laps, with McLaughlin rushing into his garage having some problems. Lap 10 and the top three hadn’t changed and we then saw McLaughlin scream back onto the track, hunting for the lead with Davison also dropping a spot to frosty on T11.

Safety car number one was deployed after McLaughlin came off the circuit, forcing him to shut his S60 down and rendering him out of race 7 of the championship. A race restart was commenced on lap 20, only to be halted again by another safety car after a multi car incident on T2, with Percat and Reynolds also having contact at T7. Read the full story »

Peter Caughey wins Suzuki SuperBoat Champs round five

April 8th, 2014 by Lara Wyatt

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Peter Caughey and his ENZED team have won the penultimate round of the Suzuki SuperBoat Champs which was held in Wanganui on April 5.

Taking out round four of the SuperBoat Champs sees Caughey defend his four-time world and six-time New Zealand SuperBoat champion title as he also prepares for the World Championships coming up in America in August.

“Up to this point we’ve not only been focusing on the New Zealand champs but in pushing the boat and the team as hard as we dare in pursuit of greater understanding of the team’s capability as the Worlds loom. Is the boat up to it, and is the team up to it.”

Caughey’s Sprintec boat has repeatedly set each event’s fastest time, yet he’s taken the chequered flag less often than his speed might suggest, as chasing ultimate pace can backfire.

“We’ve raced harder than we needed to at times, but for the worlds you need to be on your best game,” the Canterbury racer says. “Racing internationally is a big undertaking, and we want to go there knowing we have a package capable of winning.” Read the full story »

Southward Car Museum’s annual Auto Jumble in November

April 7th, 2014 by Lara Wyatt


The Southward Car Museum is holding its annual Auto Jumble in November 2014 and owners of vintage, classic, and rare cars and motorcycles can bring their unwanted parts and memorabilia for others to rummage through.

Being an automotive only swap meet, punters may be able to find that elusive missing piece they need to get on with whatever project they’re working on.

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Beach Hop 2014: Day four — Whangamata

April 4th, 2014 by Lara Wyatt

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And then it was Saturday, which is generally considered to be the main day of Beach Hop and best described as orchestrated chaos.

A series of parades take place starting from different locations and ending in different locations. The end points result in various individual car shows, each of which is up there with any of the biggest shows in the country.

The Meguiar’s Main Street Car Show had the Ultimate Pass holders parked in prime position on Whangamata’s main street, alongside drag cars doing fire-ups as part of the Castrol Edge Crackle Fest, bands playing, and crowds like never before.

At the opposite end of the main street, in the Whangamata Area School grounds, was the Vintage Caravan Magazine Retro Caravan Show. When this part of the event started there were just four caravans on the field; four years later, there were an astounding 85 caravans taking part.

It was difficult to imagine a better Repco Pre-49 Hot Rod Show than last year, but the turnout was so impressive that it was hard to pick just one stand-out.

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SpeedSport scholarship open for 2014 entries

April 4th, 2014 by Lara Wyatt


V8 Supercar star Shane Van Gisbergen, Richie Stanaway, and Nick Cassidy (who are both about to start racing in Europe), and V8 SuperTourer driver Andrew Waite, all had their careers kick-started by the annual SpeedSport Scholarship, and the 2014 round is now open for entries.

Founded in 2000, it is New Zealand’s most successful annual motor racing scholarship and it offers the winner a $50,000 prize package, including a season competing in the national Formula First championship.

This scholarship kick-starts the motor racing careers of young drivers and this year’s finalists will race off at Manfeild in mid-May to decide who the winner will be. Read the full story »

Beach Hop 2014: Castrol Edge Thunder Cruise to Onemana

April 3rd, 2014 by Lara Wyatt

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With the much-needed rest from the previous day not as long as it could have been, we were woken up for day three by what sounded like a series of long burnouts.

Thankfully it wasn’t, it was actually the Woodstock Thunder Club hunting out the noisiest cars, and the drivers in the line up for the Castrol Edge Thunder Cruise to Onemana were doing their best to give them what they were after.

Entrants were already lining up from 5.05am due to the cruise being so popular and parking spots at the Onemana Beach Reserve so sought after. Considering the cruise didn’t leave until 11am, that was pretty dedicated.

The trip to Onemana from Williamson Park is only 10km, but the parade loops weaves its way around town first to make sure all bystanders get more space to check it out. The extended loop was much appreciated by drivers at the team from Tip Top were giving out Strawberry Toppas at ‘Toppa Corner’ along the way. With the sun doing its best to melt the tarmac, the ice cream went down a treat. Read the full story »

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