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If it’s been on your wish list for years – or banging around in your head for the last five minutes – gentleman, now is your chance to jump in a car and race!

The Ford Muscle Car Club of NZ’s annual Taupo Track Day is on Sunday, August 28 – and promises to let you live out all of your speed-filled dreams in a car. Any car! The Tauranga-based club’s vice president Barry Gordon says the day is for anyone wanting to get in a car and race.


Barry Gordon’s Ford Falcon ready to race. Photo: Exo Photography.

“We’ve run this track day annually since the club began in 1994 and this year we expect about 60 cars to show up,” says Barry. Any make and model can enter – the only rule is road cars need a current Warrant of Fitness, and race cars require a logbook.

“A variety of vehicles enter – you can even bring your mother’s car, as I tell people,” laughs Barry. Scrutineering is from 8am-10am, followed by a drivers’ briefing, practice run; then it’s business time.

“The format is dual sprints – so only two cars take off from the start-line at any time – and only eight cars are on the track. The day is run under our own rules, which are a variation of Motorsport NZ rules.”

Barry says the event pulls heaps drivers and onlookers from far and wide. Why? “It could be something they’ve wanted to do for ages – and it’s a nice, closed, controlled environment to do so. We’ve got some who come every year.”

The events finishes with prizegiving at 3pm. “There’s first, second and third prizes for club members and non-members go into a draw for the three fastest times of the day.”

“There’s also a sportsperson trophy, awarded to anyone helping out, or doing something special on the day.”

Barry encourages all would-be racers to get revved up and enter at $150 per person.
Taupo Track Day is Sunday, August 28, from 8am at Bruce Maclaren Motorsport Park.

To enter, see: www.fordmusclecars.org.nz



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