This Labour weekend Auckland plays host to a new car event named Full Throttle. Based in Manukau, Full Throttle is full of events for motorsports fans, car fanatics and families. Happening over Labour Weekend, the Saturday and Sunday of Full Throttle will see hundreds of hot rods, classic cars, performance and unique vehicles taking over the Manukau City Council car park.
Full Throttle, which is sponsored by Manukau City Council, will feature the DunlopTarga rally and the Iveco 2008 National Off-Road Racing Final. Targa is a totally unique car racing event and the national off-road final will be the biggest off-road event Auckland has experienced.
Targa cars are worth $100,000 to $1 million each. Meaning more than $25 million worth of cars will be on display for free, where else do you get to see that? Targa’s feature driver this year is racing legend Steve Millen. About 150 cars will be taking part, including the feature Ford GT, a 1964 Fiat Arbath and a Ferrari 355 Challenge.
Manukau city centre will be a key focus with Targa cars racing around a 1.8km street circuit for the rally prologue on Monday 27 October. At 7am the next day Targa will have its official start at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre
Over the weekend all types of classic, modern and unique vehicles will also be on show in Manukau city centre. This will include inventions like an amphibian car and motorised furniture, hot rods, Mustangs, a Ferrari, rare motorbikes and a classic 1950s Ford Fairlane.
Full Throttle offers a great opportunity for people all around the Auckland region to check out tens of millions worth of vehicles for free or very cheaply.
Full Throttle will start at 5pm on Friday 24 October in Manukau Square with a parade of cars and motorbikes, entertainment and scrutineering of off-road cars.
So get out to Maunkau this weekend soak up the atmosphere and check out a massive range of cars and other vehicles. Whats best is it’s all very cheap or totally free. See below for a full schedule of events.
Full Throttle schedule
Friday 24 October
5pm – Official launch featuring a parade of cars and motorbikes around the city, performance by James Cook High School’s Polyfest winning Maori cultural group Te Kapunga, scrutineering of off-road cars. Manukau square, Manukau city centre.
Sixty of New Zealand’s best off-road race cars in the Manukau City Council car park. A great chance to see cars and trucks up close, and meet the drivers and crews.
Saturday 25 October
10am — 3.30pm – Iveco 2008 National Off-Road Racing Final. Colin Dale Park, Prices Road. From 10.30 am there will be short-course races, around a 1km track. Get up close to the action and have a full view of the track from two large open public areas. The track features a crowd pleasing jump, high speed sweeping corners and fast straights. Watch the top drivers in New Zealand battle to decide the national champion. $10 on the gate, under 12 year olds free.
1pm — 4pm — Full Throttle Car — nival. Remote control off-road racing, BMX racing, a range of classic to modern vehicles on show, family entertainment. Hayman Park, Manukau city centre.
Sunday 26 October
10am — 3.30pm – Iveco 2008 National Off-Road Racing Final. Colin Dale Park, Prices Road. From 10.30am 60 drivers will fight it out in the morning time trials, only the top five will go through to the shoot out to decide who is the fastest on the track. At 1pm is the main event – a 32 lap feature race around a 5km track, covering a total 160km. Watch the 60 cars and trucks in a mass rolling winner take all start. Enjoy the hot foods available and get behind your favorite drivers. This is great family entertainment. $10 on the gate, under 12 year olds free.
1pm — 4pm, motorised inventions a range of classic to modern vehicles on show. Hayman Park, central Manukau.
Monday 27 October
9am-12 midday — Car clubs and Targa car scrutineering. TelstraClear Pacific, Great South Road.
2pm -Targa rally prologue time trials around Manukau city centre, children’s entertainment.
Targa is unique for the range of classic to modern cars competing, these include the feature Ford GT, a 1964 Fiat Arbath and a Ferrari 355 Challenge.
Tuesday 28 October,
7am – Targa rally official start, TelstraClear Pacific.
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