Round 4 Taupo Saturday 8th February 2020
Its been dry so long no one even considered anything else and they were correct.
We had a very small entry which got smaller after race one. Paul was back however with Pinky and the billet block which led the way in qualifying with a 1:41.0, followed by Kayton and Kevin.
Posted: Monday 10 February 2020
The forecast was for fine weather and thats what we got with the day getting hotter and hotter as it went on.
We had a smallish entry with 8 members including new club member Bruce Dreadon in his black 65 Mustang and a guest appearance by Russell Dunn in his XY Falcon. Qualifying went well and because it was cool and the tyres were not yet destroyed by Taupos abrasive surface most drivers recorded their best times during this season. Fastest was Tony G in the Charger with a 1.37.1, followed by the very crisp sounding Torana of Clarke Hopkins at 1.38.2 and then Allan in his Commodore at 1:40.4
Posted: Sunday 24 November 2019
After a very wet August in Auckland Sunday was fine as forecast but very cold and foggy until about 9:30.
We had a reasonable field of a dozen cars with Cam Crawford being an unfortunate late withdrawal in his brand new unraced 1969 Mercury Cyclone his place was taken by a late entry from Tony Galbraith, other members were either previously committed on Fathers days or their cars not quite ready. Cams old car the XA Falcon Coupe has been sold to his cousin Vince Douglas but was raced on the day by another cousin Greg Holden known to most as Snapa all very incestuous must be a West Auckland thing.
Qualifying was the beginning of our drama filled day with Kayton stopping with a broken diff and Michael Crawley with a spin and then a fire under the bonnet. Snapa headed the timesheets with a very good 1.11.575 followed by Dave Campbell and Tony Galbraith. Mike Oldham in his new 65 Mustang was the fastest of the Group B cars, then Andrew Ross in his upgrade Pinepac Falcon even though he had brake issues and then Chris Anderson in his upgraded JPS Mustang.
Posted: Thursday 5 September 2019
Even though the meeting was pushed out by a week due to a scheduling issue by Hampton Downs, we had a reasonable turnout but lost Alan Pearce due to the clash with a CMC Round at Taupo.
The weather did at some stages during the day look a bit doubtful but, in the end, turned out ok.
It was the silver HQ of Kayton that took pole with a very good time of 1:12.746 followed by Dave Campbell in the Mustang and Colin Schischka in the Corvette. Michael Crawley in his Commodore was the quickest of the Class B cars, then Warren in the blue SLR 5000 followed by Wes in the white L34. Unfortunately for Graham in the red Charger, the bottom snapped off his distributor so he was out for the rest of the day.
Posted: Monday 22 April 2019
Thanks to Phil Noble for the action photos on facebook NZ Classic Car Racing and used here.
Another beautiful day which left no doubt that the wets could be left on the trailer. There were a couple of extra classes running at this meeting which meant that the pits were quite cramped and the day was long.
We qualified with the Racing Saloons but did not race with them.
There were some good times recorded in qualifying with even better to come for most people later in the day, but your name had to be Paul to be on the front row with the Urquhart XA Falcon Coupe edging out the Burnet pink Torana by 0.2 of a second, then less than another tenth back was Dave Campbell in the Mustang followed by the Commodores of Calvin and Ross. We lost Colin in the big block Corvette at this point with gearbox issues the only non Corvette part in the car
Posted: Tuesday 5 March 2019
The day was dry, the day was hot, the day was very very hot.
The drivers were hot with Dave Campbell in the Fox body Mustang fastest with a very good time of 1:11.758 and Michael Crawley in the Commodore with a PB of 113.215, then Ross G, Paul and Kayton all in the 1:14s.
Posted: Monday 11 February 2019
The forecast was pretty good and as promised by Allan the weather stayed good all day.
We had a reasonable entry with 12 members and a guest appearance by Russell Dunn in his XY Falcon. We did however lose Calvin to oil leak issues but it was great to see him and Linda at the track.
Russell was recorded with the fastest time with Allan in the Commodore second, followed by Ross Grahams A9X Torana. Most drivers struggled with the very low grip track conditions.
Posted: Monday 19 November 2018
Weather was better than forecast with no rain but quite cold.
We were, for this round combined with Racing saloons who also has some Historic Sports sedans included with them which certainly made the handicapping a challenge.
A good turnout of cars with new members Paul Urquhart White XA Coupe, Warren Betts with a blue SLR 5000 Torana and Michael Bristow in a Perana Capri.
Posted: Sunday 14 October 2018
Well for the first race of our new season we had a great entry and really bad weather. I know for sure we would have had another couple of entries if the forecast had of been better.
It was great to see some members who have not raced with us recently back and into it.
Dave Campbell, Michael Crawley, Sean Fowler, Greig Running, Dean Hansen and Pinky.
There was a driver who entered but decided the sunny weather of Northern California where he has been racing recently was more to his liking than a track that was totally wet with small streams running across it.
Qualifying went without incident other than ageing most of the drivers another couple of years, other than Greig Running didnt manage to get onto the track.
Dean Hansen was fastest followed by Michael Crawley, Ross Golding and Pinky.
Posted: Saturday 8 September 2018
With a good weather forecast and turnout for our last round, 14 Muscle cars including guest Russell Dunn in his 1971 XY Falcon made the grid and one interloping late model Commodore. I suspect this race may be be the first race in NZ in the last 40 years where there were 3 Chargers on the grid. I would be pleased to hear your thoughts on this.
Tony G in the Charger scorched qualifying with a personal best of 1:09.3, followed by Allan Pearce in the red Commodore and Colin Schischka in the Corvette. Troy was the leading Class B car, soon to be Class A by the lap time he put in, a very quick 1:13.057.
Posted: Sunday 15 April 2018
Round 6 Pukekohe Park Raceway Sunday 4th March 2018
Good weather, although the forecast had been doubtful all week and a great field of 16 cars including 3 guests: John Midgley in the blue XE Falcon, David Hopper in the US Army 69 Camaro, and Lee Budd in the 1994 Mag and Turbo Falcon.
It was very pleasing to see the 3 cars that had received damage at the last meeting only 3 weeks before all present on the dummy grid for qualifying. Great job you guys, however Troys Dick Johnson replica Falcon had vibration issues and was retired for the day.
Posted: Monday 5 March 2018
The weather seems to have been pretty good for ever and continued for most of the day other than the track getting damp for our 3rd race.
It was a very modest number of members (5) who took to the track for qualifying, well supervised by themselves as I volunteered to flag marshal by the big sweeper as the organisers were desperately short of flagies.
Posted: Sunday 28 January 2018
. We had a good turnout with new members John Mills in the 68 Penrite Camaro, Troy Giuse in the ex Justin Butcher 83 Dick Johnson replica XE Falcon, Daniel Adams in a white VK Commodore and Chris Anderson in the 78 JPS replica Mustang.
Posted: Saturday 9 December 2017
A nice fine day was forecast and thats what it turned out to be but the day started very cool with the track a little damp. We had a great entry of 17 cars including new members Kayton Coughey in his 350 HQ and Andrew Ross in his Pinepac replica Falcon. The Muscle Car attrition god was certainly present all day however. We had 2 cars not even make it to the track being new member Chris Anderson due to enduring challenges convert his car from 4 stud to 5 stud and Michael Crawley with last moment clutch issues, we did however have a Greig Running as a guest running a Commodore for his very first race meeting.
Qualifying was led by Tony G in the Charger followed by Colin S in the Corvette and Colin M in the Camaro. We did however lose returning member Steve Swann in his Torana hatchback with oil line issues.
Posted: Saturday 21 October 2017
The weather forecast for our first round was bad which did not stop a good number of members entering however on the day some cars werent quite ready or the weather was too much to face so early in the season.
Qualifying was on the wet side of damp with Ross Golding leading the way but unfortunately not able to continue with the race day due to low oil
Posted: Monday 4 September 2017
Round 5 for Northern Muscle Cars dawned on a very fine and warm autumn day with a large entry field that also included a few invited cars from Racing Saloons & Production Muscle Cars making a total of 18 entrants.
Posted: Monday 17 April 2017
Well there were no concerns about the weather for this meeting although it was a little cool to start off with. It was good to see new member Dean Hansen here with Colin Sargisons yellow HQ and Veen was back with his Commodore.
It was slightly unfortunate that we were first qualifying which lead to a few drivers not even getting out or if they did get onto the track no timed laps. There we various reasons for this some of us were still working on our cars, Paul with rear axle cap issues fixed, thanks to Tony McKenzie-Edwards and Dean with wheel bearing issues. Some were just late to the track Billy, and Michael got onto the track just for the chequered flag to come out. Allan Pearce set the pace however with an 1:11.599.
Posted: Friday 24 February 2017
The weather was fine and we had a good turnout of cars including Tony Galbraith and Calvin Andrew who were racing for their 3rd weekend in a row as well as competing at Bathurst well done guys.
Qualifying was lead by Tony G for Class A then Billy Dunn with Dave Campbell 3rd fastest. Class B was headed by Paul Burnet, then Mark Stretton and Michael Crawley.
Posted: Monday 21 November 2016
I must start by congratulating all the NZ drivers who went to Bathurst, who put on a very creditable display with some good sensible driving. Club member Colin Meadows can now say he has won a race at Bathurst.
We had a bad weather forecast for our second round at Pukekohe but a very good entry of 15 cars including a couple of guests being Clarke Hopkins with his silver hatch back Torana and Russell Dunn with his red XY Falcon
It was however to be a day of attrition with only two members cars completing all races and qualifying well done Ron Findlay and Robbo Robinson.
Posted: Saturday 15 October 2016
Well the new season seems to have come around very quickly, too quick for some members whose cars/engines are still being prepared. We did however have two new members
Mark Stratton and Dave Campbell get to the track with their cars and almost Robbo Robinson with his car but the evil work had first call on his time.
It was good to welcome back Stu and Billy to the class again.
Posted: Monday 5 September 2016
It was back to the good old days for this race meeting using the original Puke track without the extra corners in the back straight. While some members had chosen not to change their diff ratios and took it a bit quietly in qualifying, others were going all out with Paul managing a PB of 1.05.7; other members times were set to improve during the day.
Posted: Saturday 19 March 2016