Posted 29 Jan 2014, 4:53pm by Brent Shaw with 0 comments

Event > Ferrari Festival at Hampton Downs (Part 2)

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While the New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing's theme for 2014 was about celebrating the Ferrari brand, there was no shortage of entertainment from the support classes that ran over the 2 weekends either.

 

Ferrari and Corvette at Hampton Downs
The Pre '78 and invited Sports, Sports Racing and GT races provided some epic battles, with Tony Roberts' 7.6L V8-powered Corvette Stingray up against Frank and Michael Lyons' beautiful Ferrari 308 all the way from the UK.

 

XA Ford Falcon coupe at Hampton Downs
I'm a big fan of the Aussie Falcon coupes from the 1970s, so Cameron Crawford's beast was one car that I watched with great envy all weekend.

 

Ford Escort at Hampton Downs
A slightly smaller Ford - but equally appealing, was this Mk 1 Ford Escort RS2000, driven by Bruce Manon in the first weekend, and Michael Sexton in the second.

 

Chrysler Charger at Hampton Downs
As I was walking through the pit area, my attention was drawn to a crowd of people around a race car, and this view stopped me dead in my tracks. I'd never seen or heard of this car until now (I'm a little too young, I guess), but this 1972 Chrysler Charger was campaigned by Graeme Addis in the glory days of New Zealand Sports Sedan racing in the 70s and 80s.

 

Chrysler Charger at Hampton Downs
The Charger has been modified and rebuilt several times over the years, eventually receiving a full space frame chassis, rear-mounted 6L V8 Chevrolet engine, and suspension from a Formula 5000 Lola. After disappearing from NZ race circuits for a few decades, the car has undergone a major restoration, and is back on the track with Graeme Addis behind the wheel again!

 

BMWs at Hampton Downs
An open class of BMWs competed throughout the first weekend of the festival, and a field of close to 20 E30 BMWs competed during the second weekend.

 

Show and Shine at Hampton Downs
A show and shine was held in the infield car park over both weekends, which included a large selection of vehicles of all shapes, sizes and eras.

 

Show and Shine at Hampton Downs
This 5L V8 Mustang parked beside a 1275cc Morris Mini was probably the most unusual pairing in the show and shine. There really was something for everyone!

 

Toyota Trueno AE86 at Hampton Downs
I've spotted this car at Hampton Downs before, and I'm pleased to see that the genuine AE86 Trueno coupe is still in excellent excellent and original condition. If you look carefully, you can see that the owner is a member of www.oldschool.co.nz - a New Zealand-based car community for lovers of older cars.

 

1940 Ford Deluxe at Hampton Downs
Stepping back a further 50 years or so, this 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe was one of my favourites of the line up. When you pick such an attractive body shape to begin with, you can't really go wrong with just a little bit of 'low'.

 

Lincoln Continental at Hampton Downs
More classic American goodness in the form of a 1960s Lincoln Continental.

 

Black 1966 Ford Mustang
This 1966 Ford Mustang was immaculate from every angle, and drew plenty of comments about it's impressive engine bay.

 

Black 1966 Ford Mustang

 

Honda NSX at Hampton Downs
It's rare to see Honda's flagship car from the 90s on New Zealand roads, but even rarer to see one being driven on a race circuit.

 

CHrysler Valiant Pacer at Hampton Downs
Steven Price's NSX competed in the Classic Trial, along with Sheridan Broadbent's vitamin C orange Chrysler Valiant Pacer...

 

Holden Torana SS at Hampton Downs
...Geoff Boyden's Holden Torana SS...

 

Austin Healey Sprite at Hampton Downs
...and Allan Horner's Austin Healey Sprite. 

 

Ford Fairmont XF at Hampton Downs
Nathan Wood's Ford Fairmont XF blows some pretty decent flames on overrun now as the car continues to evolve with each race meeting. Slick tyres for this event meant a significant drop in lap times compared to running on semis.

 

Clark Proctor's F5000 at Hampton Downs
A New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing event just wouldn't be the same without a field of F5000s roaring around the track, as Clark Proctor demonstrates in his March 73A-1.

 

Formula 5000 at Hampton Downs
There were a few mechanical breakages during the 6 day event, so we didn't quite get to see the full entry list of 23 cars on the track at once...

 

Formula 1 and F5000 at Hampton Downs
...but having a V6 turbo Formula 1 car competing amongst them made up for that, and they were still one of the highlights of the festival!

 

McLaren M8 at Hampton Downs
If there was a prize for 'meanest looking car on track', then it would have to go to the ex-Peter Sherman 1972 McLaren M8 E/F, driven by Roger Williams. It would be a runner-up for 'best sounding car' too, thanks to its 8.4L V8 engine - but that prize would definitely belong to...

 

Ferrari F1 car at Hampton Downs
...the V12 Ferrari 412T1/T1B, previously driven by works drivers Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger in the 1994 Formula 1 World Championship. Pure aural bliss.

 

Stay tuned for my final instalment of coverage from the New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing celebrating Ferrari, where I will be focusing on the many Ferraris that attended this event.

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- Brent Shaw

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