Full Throttle

Full Throttle car festival hits Manukau this weekend

October 20th, 2011 by NZV8

The Full Throttle Festival is back in Manukau this Labour Weekend, and organisers are claiming the show will be bigger and more spectacular than ever.

The 2011 event will be based at Manukau’s TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre will feature a three day free programme of car shows, displays, demonstrations and action ranging from drift cars to competition karts and V8 Rod and Custom cars.

Held over all three days of this coming Labour Weekend, October 22-24, the event is a chance for different car scenes to get together and celebrate a common interest.

The first day (Saturday) centres around the V 4 and Rotary Supershow, with a show and shine display inside the TelstraClear building and drift action in the tarmac action zone set up in the main car park beside the building.

The second day is ‘In Gear Sunday’, a chance for the many car clubs of the region to put their best vehicles on show.  Leading car clubs already confirmed include the Mustang Car Club and the Vauxhall Opel Sport car club. (more…)

Full Throttle Festival – back in Manukau next month

September 22nd, 2011 by NZV8

The Full Throttle Festival is returning to Manukau this Labour Weekend, and organisers say the show will be bigger and more spectacular than ever.

The 2011 event will be based at Manukau’s TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre will feature a three day free programme of car shows, displays, demonstrations and action ranging from drift cars to competition karts and V8 Rod and Custom cars.

Held over all three days of Labour Weekend, October 22-24, the event is a chance for different car scenes to get together and celebrate a common interest.

The first day (Saturday) centres around the V 4 and Rotary Supershow, with a show and shine display inside the TelstraClear building and drift action in the tarmac action zone set up in the main car park beside the building.

The second day is In Gear Sunday, a chance for the many car clubs of the region to put their best vehicles on show.  Leading car clubs already confirmed include the Mustang Car Club and the Vauxhall Opel Sport car club.

The clubs will be joined by an on-track demonstration from karting enthusiasts. Kartsport NZ will have a static display for the whole three days and will have information available for people who are interested in the sport. (more…)

Full Throttle on this weekend featuring NZ Mustang Convention

October 20th, 2010 by NZV8

If you’re a Mustang fan then head to Manukau, Auckland this weekend for the NZ Mustang Convention. This Labour Weekend will be the third time the Full Throttle event has been held at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre in Manukau, Auckland. Like in previous years there is something for all types of car fans with muscle cars, hot rods, mustangs, classic cars and drift cars all on display. There is even the start of the Dunlop Targa rally to check out.

There’s a huge range of vehicles on show and in action, all for free. Last year, over 25,000 people came out to watch all the action.

Each day is themed to attract a variety of car enthusiasts and spectators. Saturday is the day to see some yester-year classic and vintage rides. Featuring the NZ Mustang Convention, 150 mustangs will fill the TelstraClear Pacific events centre. Hot rods, muscle cars, restored and collector’s vehicles including military vehicles will also be a feature of this day. The day will end with a drive-in movie on the large outdoor screen.

On the Sunday it’s time for the 4 & Rotary Supershow, where performance cars, muscle and drift cars will battle it out to be best in show. There will be drifting demonstrations, soundoffs and motokhana where drivers put their skills to the test on grass and tarmac short courses.

Monday’s big attraction is the Dunlop Targa Rally Preview. See $25 million plus of Targa cars and their drivers in action before watching the rally start on Tuesday morning.

Full Throttle will appeal to everyone in the family, not just keen motor fanatics. Over the three days there will be live music, emergency services demonstrations and rescues, and other performances to keep everyone entertained.

Full Throttle Schedule

Saturday 23 October — Yester-year classic and vintage
9am – 8pm
Featuring the NZ Mustang Convention, hot rods, muscle cars, restored and collector’s vehicles including military vehicles will be a feature of this day. Be prepared to get wet as well, in the Variety Club water fight and in the evening go to the drive-in and see on the large outdoor screen the ‘World’s Fastest Indian’ and ‘American Graffiti’.
Emergency services display (Fire/Police and St Johns)

Sunday 24 October — Supershow 2010
9am — 6pm
Featuring a drift car battle, NZ Show Car Championship, DB Drag Racing sound off, mini-truck low ride and drag cars. There will also be a motorcross exhibition, 4 wheel drives and special guest cars on a dirt track.
Emergency services display (Fire/Police and St Johns)

Monday 25 October — Dunlop Targa Rally Preview
10am — 4pm
This is when the Targa rally cars come out to play. Targa is unique for the range of classic to modern cars competing. There will also be the remote control cars, escort motokana, Auckland Sports Club Autocross, Car and Bike show and the world’s first motorbike hearse.
Emergency services display (Fire/Police and St Johns)

For more information go to www.manukau.govt.nz/fullthrottle or check out Full Throttle Manukau’s Facebook page.

Moriaty takes lead in NZ Offroad Championship

June 24th, 2010 by NZV8

Christchurch driver Wayne Moriarty has retaken control of the 2010 Asset Finance New Zealand Offroad Racing Championship with a dominant performance at the latest round.

Competing in the most hotly contested class in the championship, Moriarty took his Euroblast Cougar Toyota Super 1600 single seater to wins in every heat on the first day of the Cruzin Limousines Mainland Challenge and followed that with victory in the following day’s all-in 165 kilometre endurance race.

Moriarty defeated all challenges in Big Posters Super 1600 class heats at the short course racing held Saturday 19 June at the Rock FM Raceway at West Melton.  Even the presence of one of the North Island’s top racers, Richard Crabb, did not phase the local racer.

Even the arrival in the South Island of one of the north’s fastest Super 1600 race cars proved no problem for the dominant Moriarty, whose car ran without problem the entire weekend.  Nigel Sutherland has bought the Cougar Evo Toyota previously campaigned by Alan Butler in the North Island. The car, which has won both the Taupo 1000 and Woodhill 100, is rated among the top three Super 1600s in the north, but Sutherland was not able to translate that promise into results at the weekend.

Bruce Rolls, in the Chenowth Honda raced in past seasons by Moriarty’s former Super 1600 rival Dennis Andreassend, shared the short course podiums with Crabb and Sutherland, but none were able to challenge Moriarty.

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Full Throttle car event starts tomorrow

October 23rd, 2009 by NZV8

Targa DrNick fq

The Full Throttle car event is on this Labour Weekend in the Manukau City Centre, Auckland.

It’s a varied program that will include a range of old school, hot rods and muscle cars on display at the TelstraClear Pacific events centre over the three days.

The cars competing in this year’s Targa NZ will be attending and Saturday will see classic cars racing through the Manukau city centre streets.

The Flying 50 Street Race, part of the Drive NZ Rally, will run in the format of Olympic cycling pursuits. The city street circuit will have two start/finish lines adjacent to each other. This allows two cars to race each other and the clock for four laps. It will be a challenging, twisting circuit that winds back on itself between the buildings of central Manukau.

There will be drifting demonstrations, soundoffs and motokhana where drivers put their skills to the test on grass and tarmac. Entertainment on one of the days will be provided by the Southside gig, part of the Manukau Festival of Arts (MFA) — starring Nesian Mystik.

Manukau City Council Thriving Economy Portfolio Leader Arthur Anae says the Flying 50 will add to the huge range of vehicles to check out at Full Throttle.

“Seeing classic cars in action on Manukau’s streets is going to be a great spectacle. This is another way of showing it’s possible to have fun in cars in a controlled environment, one of the aims of Full Throttle. Full Throttle will appeal to everyone in the family, not just keen motor fanatics. The events over the three days of Labour Weekend or all free or really cheap, which is another great reason to come. This is the opportunity for people all around the Auckland region to check out tens of millions worth of vehicles for free or very cheaply. We’ll be encouraging people to watch someone else do the driving and have a holiday at home this Labour Weekend, says Cr Anae.

Check out a guide to the weekend’s events below:

Saturday 24 October

Flying 50 Street Race — 9am to 5pm, Davies Ave next to Hayman Park, $12 adults, under 12s free

Classic British and European cars racing on a twisting street circuit between the buildings of central Manukau. Starring cars from the Drive NZ Classic and Targa Narva. Street display of British classics with owners in period dress. Parking in the council carpark off Wiri Station Road.

4 & Rotary Supershow — noon to late, TelstraClear Pacific events centre, free

Celebrating the diversity of interest in contemporary performance cars. Motokhana, drifting demonstrations and sound offs. Show and shine of performance, show, drag, old school and drift cars with trophies and prizes up for grabs. Southside gig, featuring graf art, Nesian Mystik and other entertainment.

Sunday 25 October – Dunlop Targa Rally preview, 9am to 6pm, TelstraClear Pacific events centre, free

Featuring the Targa Rally — known as the ‘ultimate road race’. See $25 million plus of Targa cars in action and up close before the rally start on Labour Day. Action-packed motorkana — where drivers put their skills to the test, and show and shine of some fantastic looking cars. Entertainment for the entire family.

Monday 26 October – Yester-Year Classic & Vintage, 10am to 3pm, TelstraClear Pacific events centre, free

Featuring the start of the Targa Rally, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The day for vintage and classic vehicle enthusiasts to see a range of machines on show. Hot rods, muscle cars, restored and collectors vehicles including military vehicles. Plus entertainment.

Find out more at www.manukau.govt.nz/fullthrottle

Photo Credit: Groundsky

Auckland hosts Full Throttle car event this weekend

October 23rd, 2008 by NZV8

Targa DrNick fq

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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