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Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, well known for its world-class tarmac racetrack, will now be improved with the opening of a huge off-road facility for casual and competition use.
The world’s largest off-road vehicle producer, Polaris, has taken up naming rights for the park which will be known as the Hampton Downs Polaris Off Road Park.
With no other off-road park of its kind in New Zealand, the facility will aim to provide a well-established facility available for casual use every Saturday and Sunday from 10am–4pm during a season that will run from October to May. The facility will cater for bikes, ATVs, UTVs, and off-road race cars.
Labour Day Weekend 2014 will see the largest attendance recorded at the National Ford Mustang Convention. NZ Mustang Club has already received over 150 entries for the very special 50 Years of Ford Mustang event.
“This has been a great confidence signal to all of us,” says Peter Geddes, chair of the organising working group of the Canterbury Mustang Owners Club.
“For our last convention here in Christchurch in 2008 our total registrations were 150, and we’ve now passed that milestone. Our exhibition site for the public, Turners Car Auctions, has a capacity of approximately 200 cars under one roof, and we seem to be on track to fill the venue. This will be a great way to celebrate Mustangs 50th anniversary here in New Zealand, as well as showing everyone that despite the earthquakes and the recovery and rebuild, Christchurch is certainly up and running as a place to come to!”
Kiwi Peter Caughey has dominated qualifying in the World SuperBoat championships held in Missouri, USA this weekend.
Held at the Bricks Off Road Park, the seven-island course, with a total of 30 corners proved to be very complex, with Peter only having the initial practice rounds to learn the complicated loop.
The morning before qualifying, Peter and navigator Shama Putaranui took the high-powered ParkerStore boat out to local lake Lake Wappapello to fine tune the methanol-breathing small-block Chev engine to the local 30 degree celsius temperatures. This proved to be a major advantage for the team, qualifying first with a rapid time of 44.69 seconds, over a second faster than the team’s closest rival, Australian Ted Sygidus and navigator Marcus Kasprzek, who ran a 46.08 seconds.
Having being on-board as the naming right sponsor of Beach Hop for the last three years, Sony is no longer able to carry on with its sponsorship of the annual event.
Repco New Zealand have confirmed that it will be taking over as the new naming rights sponsor of Beach Hop meaning the event will officially be recognized as Repco Beach Hop 15. With the event kicking off on Wednesday March 25 next year, planning for the iconic event is already well under way.
Beach Hop spokesperson Noddy Watts says, “We’re very excited to announce that Repco have stepped up to take the naming rights. They’ve really got behind the festival more and more each year and their brand is very strong, not just within the automotive community, but with the general population as well. Repco are the perfect fit for us and we are on track to deliver the best festival ever.”
The event called Chrome, and sponsored by Mothers car care has been around for a few years now, but the 2014 running will go down in the history books as the best yet. Now run by 4 & Rotary Promotions, the event has been transformed into a Powercruise-style event with something for everyone. From drifting to track cruising, power skids to flag-drop drag racing, burnouts to a show and shine — you name it, Chrome had it.
Despite a marginal weather forecast, the event went off without a hitch, and saw one of the bigger crowds at Hampton Downs to date, with everyone we spoke to vowing to be back next year. Sure there were a few teething issues, as you’d expect for what’s essentially a new event, but with hundreds of happy car owners and thousands of happy punters, next year’s event will have to be pretty special to beat this one.
Look out for a full story in the next issue of NZV8 magazine — check out the gallery below in the meantime with pictures by Popeye Pics and Adam Croy.
After successfully achieving the 2014 New Zealand Super Boat championship title, Peter Caughey will be teaming up with sponsor ENZED for the New Zealand Jetsprint championship season.
Caughey has already got four-time world and six-time New Zealand Super Boat champion next to his name and keeps on pushing to add more and more achievements to the list. For this reason, ENZED agreed to continue the sponsorship.
The chairman of ENZED EAC Roger McGarry says, “We have sponsored Peter and his team over many years because he is so professional in his approach to the challenges he faces, in staying at the top of his game.”