We all accept our favourite contest – the ones that never assume to appear about quick enough, or aftermost continued enough, yet consistently leave a abiding impression. We’re besmirched for best aback its comes motorsport in New Zealand – there’s consistently article activity on and accustomed the admeasurement of this country, it’s never all that far abroad – but for me, it’s the New Zealand Anniversary of Motor Racing.
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Since the aboriginal accident in 2010, the NZFMR has bound become one of the bigger contest on the motorsport calendar, accumulation a advanced array of mostly archetypal ambit antagonism genres and wrapping it up in a six day celebration beforehand over two weekends.
Every year there’s a affair and for 2014, Ferrari was the focus.
For assemblage through the gates at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, the accident accustomed the befalling to get up abutting and claimed with some of the best adorable abstract from the iconic Italian car maker, like this ’74 Dino 246 GTS.
And added avant-garde machines, like this 430 Challenge in GT3 Scuderia specification, and 458 Italia alley car.
But best of all, it gave anyone who came along, the befalling to attestant article never apparent afore in New Zealand – Ferrari F1 chase cars on the track. Three of them in fact. And two with turbos. But added on those in a moment…
Thanks in allotment to the Ferrari Owners Club of New Zealand, some absolutely admirable machines – including some that hardly anytime see the ablaze of day, let abandoned be apparent in accessible – were in attendance.
That included this 250 GTE, which had been upgraded to 250 GTO specification, including accepting the actual anatomy adapted by the Ferrari factory. That doesn’t accomplish it one of the 39 GTOs anytime congenital of course, but the complete abutting best thing, and a actual appropriate apparatus in its own right.
This 1955 ex-works 750 Monza on the added duke was as absolute as they come. In a aloft activity the admirable sports car was apprenticed by Ferrari branch disciplinarian Eugenio Castelotti in the 1955 Le Mans 24-hour race, and afterwards won at Rouen in France and took third abode in both the Targa Florio in Sicily, and the Swedish Grand Prix.
On the accountable of Grand Prix, lets allocution F1 cars. The best acclaimed car of the three at the Anniversary was the Ferrari 412T1/T1B that Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger both ran four times anniversary in the 1994 F1 championship. It never won a race, but it placed additional alert – already with Alesi at the Canadian Grand Prix, and afresh with Berger at the final annular of the division at the Australian Grand Prix.
Although the anatomy started out with an uprated adaptation of the Ferrari Tipo 041 65-degree 3.5L V12 agent – acceptable for 775hp at 15,300rpm – mid-way through the ’94 division the T1 was upgraded to T1B specification, which added revised bodywork and a new Ferrari Tipo 043 agent as pictured above. The 043 retained the aforementioned displacement, but its V12 was configured with a 75-degree vee and achievement added to 820hp at 15,800rpm. Tipping the scales at aloof 515kg (1135 pounds) it was clumsily quick: 0-100km/h arrived in aloof 2.6 seconds.
It ability be 20-year-old F1 technology, but with the anatomy panels removed it was still actual air-conditioned to be able to booty a afterpiece beholder and savour the bigger capacity – like the the Kevlar assimilation and titanium-cased, six-speed semi-automatic consecutive transaxle transmission.
And let’s not balloon the admirable hand-formed bankrupt headers either. I could accept calmly spent the accomplished day assimilation up the exquisite engineering.
But as alarming as the 412T1B was, there was addition Ferrari F1 apparatus aloof allurement for my attention. Attractive at that gauge, I’m abiding you can amount out why too…
Although Formula 1 is on the border of abiding to its turbocharged ways, the ’80s era area huge injections of addition aloft application levels to about abysmal heights, is absurd to anytime be overshadowed.
Two turbocharged F1 Ferraris were brought over from Australia abnormally for the event, and both were 156/85 variants, as originally apprenticed by Stefan Johansson and the backward Michele Alboreto throughout the agitative 1985 season.
At their hearts, Ferrari Tipo 031/2 1.5L V6 engines with accompanying KKK turbochargers and acceptable for abutting to 800hp at 12,000rpm on chase day, and with the wick angry appropriate up, four abstracts in qualifying. 1000hp-plus, 548kg… you do the math!
Generating huge application from the baby agent appropriate a compression adjustment of 7.0:1 and some austere addition burden – in this case about 4.0bar, or abutting to 60psi, of the acceptable stuff.
With such bound amplitude constraints you can see how compactly packaged the accomplished affected consecration accoutrement is on anniversary ancillary of the engine. A periscope-style assimilation is acclimated forth with a small-faced, but added blubbery intercooler core.
Unlike the 412 V12 apparatus and its state-of-the-art-for-1994 paddle-shifted semi-auto, the beforehand 156/85s makes do with a acceptable stick-shifted five-speed chiral transaxle gearbox.
One can alone brainstorm how abundant quicker these Ferrari turbo cars would accept been had the chiral technology accustomed a decade earlier.
Despite the actuality that all three cars weren’t apprenticed at the their absolute limit, seeing them – and best importantly, hearing the naturally aspirated V12 scream, and the two turbocharged V6s barrage about the Hampton Downs ambit was a absolute treat.
I apparently overstayed my acceptable in the #1 pit garage, but accustomed the actuality it was an befalling that absolutely doesn’t appear forth every day, it had to be seized.
Although you couldn’t adventure added than a few metres afterwards active into a Ferrari-badged apparatus – in this instance a 1970 365 GTB/4 – absorbing cars of assorted make, archetypal and best were in abounding supply.
Running in the celebrated touring car acreage was this E46 BMW 3 Series, which was both built and campaigned by Germany’s Engstler Motorsport aggregation in the WTCC.
In abrupt contrast, this GM Holden HT Monaro-based New Zealand Sports Sedan that was originally congenital in the mid 1970s, hadn’t been raced in about 30 years. I can alone brainstorm that accepting aback abaft the caster charge accept acquainted appealing acceptable for Barry Algie.
Presented in unrestored and mostly aboriginal action from a ancient era of bounded racing, there’s little wonder the time abridged admiring so much attention.
There’s a appealing air-conditioned accoutrement below and above all that bar assignment too, including a Ford GT40 transaxle gearbox and a rear-mounted radiator. It looked like the aboriginal coilovers ability accept been replaced with newer Koni equivalents, but I don’t anticipate there’s any analytic the aeon actuality of that seat!
The original, rearward-set agent still appearance at the advanced – a 400ci baby block Chevy, destroked to 5.8L via an 327ci crankshaft I believe, and active Lucas automated ammunition injection. Despite actuality apprenticed with restraint, it looked and articulate absolutely spectacular.
Another car with New Zealand Sports Sedan full-blooded that fabricated a acknowledgment to the clue at the Anniversary was Graeme Addis’s 1972 Chrysler Charger. Unlike the Monaro I aloof showed you however, this amazing apparatus underwent a abundant apology to accompany it aback up to race-ready condition. And aback I say restoration, I beggarly appropriate bottomward to painted-on sponsor logos.
Despite the way the Charger looks now, it’s adamantine to anticipate that it spent over a decade central a aircraft alembic – and reputedly half-buried – on Addis’s farm, but that’s absolutely what happened to the car afterwards New Zealand’s motorsport administering anatomy banned it in the backward 1980s. As you can see, it’s absolutely a apparatus with annihilation larboard of the Chrysler’s aboriginal anatomy added than the exoteric bodywork.
And this attack from the absolutely accessible rear should accord you some abstraction why… Although the Charger was a chase car from new, in the mid ’70s it went beneath the knife, re-emerging with a abounding amplitude anatomy anatomy and a 5.0L Chevy V8 agent and abeyance from Lola Formula 5000 car. In the aboriginal ’80s it was rebuilt again, and this time the agent (which had been replaced with a 6.0L Chevy) was repositioned in the rear with the Lola’s Hewland transaxle gearbox.
As you can see from the on-track attack a few photos back, the Charger featured some absolutely acute aero work, which I was unsurprised to apprentice was a by-product of necessity. It was a appealing ambush accoutrement too, and included that massive rear addition with a brand bend that was able to be adapted from central the cockpit via a batten arrangement, and accurately while the car was actuality raced. Accepting apprehend about this car a continued time ago, it was amazing to absolutely see it out on the clue abounding years afterwards it was banished.
As far removed as a brace of home-built Sports Sedans are from the illustrious Ferrari marque, it’s one of the abundant things about the NZFMR – you never apperceive what you’re activity to appear across…
There were a few cars in the mix that I had apparent at antecedent Festivals, including this ex-Andy Rouse ’98 Toyota Corolla, with a reverse-head 3S-GE acceptable for 300hp, and all the trimmings you’d apprehend in a BTCC racer, including centre-lock 19-inch auto and a six-speed consecutive transmission. This apparatus is a accurate one-of-a-kind; congenital at abundant amount (reputedly £200,000) but never absolutely raced through abridgement of sponsorship.
It was alarming to see the iconic Aztec Mazda ‘RX8′ out on the clue and bond it with some fast Escorts, including Paul McCarthy’s Mk1 Zakspeed RS1600 replica and Robert Jack’s blisteringly-quick Chevy V8-powered Mk2 too. Now endemic by Dennis Running, the orange Mazda was aboriginal congenital and raced in Australia in CAMS Group C guise with a rotary engine, but concluded up in New Zealand in the mid ’80s and eventually was rebuilt with a baby block Chevy for the New Zealand Sports Sedan series. These guys absolutely weren’t mucking around!
Not every aggressive car was as acutely adapted though. There were some accurate cars in the Archetypal Trials ranks, including this apple-pie and quick B110 Datsun 1200 (Sunny) coupe.
Neil Macfarquhar owns a few appropriate cars, including the 1988 European Touring Car Championship-winning #1 Group A Ford Texaco Eggenberger Sierra Cosworth RS500. This year he brought forth his best contempo acquisition: a factory-built ’92 BMW M3 Sport Evo in DTM guise. Like the Sierra, this car underwent an complete nut and bolt apology afore Neil started antagonism it aftermost year.
On the accountable of BMWs, I wasn’t absolutely abiding what I was attractive at aback I aboriginal saw this ‘M8′ badged car in the pits. It turns out the anew completed and beautifully abundant chase car takes its exoteric architecture cues – including vented rear guards – from a BMW supercar ancestor that never fabricated it to production. It absolutely looked the part.
The aforementioned can additionally be said for Gordon Burr’s V8-powered Escort too, acknowledgment in allotment to its front-wheel-cocking exploits. An NZFMR regular, Gordon larboard his ex-Alan Moffat Ford Cologne Capri RS3100 at home this year, but forth with the well-sorted Escort, he brought his Chevy V8-powered ’77 Alfetta and ’80 Ferrari 308 GT4 LM replica out to play.
Despite all the makes and models represented at the event, accustomed the affair for the 2014 NZFMR, there’s no award-winning for academic which marque blanket the show. Forth with circadian parades, on the aboriginal weekend added than 140 Ferraris took to the clue at already for a New Zealand record-setting attempt.
Given the cardinal of models on appearance and actuality demonstrated, or raced, it’s adamantine to aces a favourite, so I’m activity to go with the car that absorbed me the best – this 288 GTO. While it’s absolutely not the prettiest Ferrari anytime built, the ‘Gran Turismo Omologato’ gets my nod because of its Group B undertones. Destined to attempt on the apple assemblage stage, the GTO featured a fuel-injected 2.9L twin-turbo V8 engine, could go 0-100km/h in four abnormal and had a top acceleration of 304km/h (189mph). Although Ferrari produced the appropriate 200 road-going homologation specials (272 in fact), Group B’s brief annihilation in 1986 meant that the 288 GTO assemblage car never absolutely eventuated. What could accept been perhaps…
Even bigger than seeing the GTO sitting still, was the befalling the contest afforded to see a car like that, and others like this 458 Challenge, actuality unleashed on the track.
It’s all allotment of the NZFMR experience, and one that I’m actual animated has developed big abundant that it’s now become a permanent accoutrement on the bounded motorsport calendar.
In fact, the organisers are now alive two years in advance, announcement the 2015 New Zealand Anniversary of Motor Antagonism as a nod to Kiwi Formula 1 disciplinarian from the ’70s, Howden Ganley, and the 2016 accident as Porsche-themed and including Group C 956s. And for that, I’m actual grateful…
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