Global automotive manufacturer Mahindra has been confirmed as the title sponsor for the first-ever North Island Endurance Series taking place this year.
The three-round series sees the first lot of sponsorship Mahindra has ever got behind in New Zealand. The company is already a major sponsor of Nascar and Moto GP, and has its own team in the upcoming Formula E series.
As well as having title sponsorship of the new endurance series, it will also provide the official safety cars for the event.
For most prospective car buyers, the dream is always to find that one-lady-owner, mint condition, never been past 5000rpm, and still with the plastic on the door cards classic — that of course has a ridiculous (she didn’t know what she had) price tag. But the reality is, most desirable models have long since left the careful ownership of some old lady, and spend their time thrashed within an inch of their lives and buried deep in the red. For Craig Davis, his 1974 Mazda RX-2 fitted squarely into the latter category, in fact Warren Overton from PPRE had owned the sedan as a teenager, and the photographic evidence supplied to us that shows the sedan chained to a concrete pad in a haze of tyre smoke would prove our earlier point.
Check out our behind the scenes video from the C’s Garage issue #205 cover shoot!
Subaru ace Leigh Hopper turned out to be the driver to beat, butnot before he and runner-up pair Glenn Inkster and Spencer Winn (Mitsubishi Evo 8) felt the pressure from Ruiterman, a former Cody’s D1NZ National Drifting Champion, and Walsh.
Winners of this year’s Ecolight Targa Rallysprint at Pukekohe were Leigh Hopper and Simon Kirkpatrick (#969 Subaru Impreza WRX) from Orewa // Fast Company — www.groundsky.co.nz
The pair were a revelation in the hatchback Subaru WRX Impreza originally built for gymkhana and rallycross events. They won three of the eight stages outright and ended up fifth overall despite engine failure — and a maximum time penalty — on the final stage.
There is no denying that us Kiwis are a unique bunch of people and we sure love to do things a little differently to the norm; case in point is this month’s cover car, owned and built by Max Flower. Following the completion of a five-year build, this 750hp Mazda FD RX-7 graces the front cover of NZPC 208 in all its gloss-black glory. If the one-off custom bodykit coated in perfect black paint doesn’t grab your attention, then the engine combination surely will …
Hi Jess, can you tell us a little about your Allroad?
I’ve owned the car for a few months now, but Zach Lewis (my partner) originally spotted it for me and swiftly took it under his wing (actually without asking me at all) to make modifications to it. But I did help with shoulder rubs and feeding BurgerFuel to him and the Precision Wheels & Tyres boys.