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Photo: Earl Edwards
On Sunday, April 6 the record for New Zealand’s quickest, and fastest, female was taken out by Karen Hay in her purpose-built 1927 Ford Model T roadster — powered by a twin turbocharged 482 cubic inch big block Chev engine. The record was previously held by Faye Grant from 1990 with a longer wheelbase rear engine dragster running a 6.629 second pass over the quarter mile at 205.52 miles per hour.
Having already run 208 miles per hour in 2012, Karen ran 6.61 seconds at 206 miles per hour over the quarter mile to become both New Zealand’s fastest and quickest female in drag racing history. It’s a goal which Hay has been chasing since 2010 when the Hay Family Racing team purchased the car named ‘Evil II’ from the late Clive Davis. The mother-of-two started racing in 2002 after crewing for her father Lindsay for a couple of years and in 2010 she ran her first 6 second pass. The car was built by the late Warren Brogie in California, USA and has now become the world’s quickest and fastest Brogie-built roadster, adding to the excitement of the New Zealand record.
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.
Photo: Ian Thornton
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.”
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.
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.