Long time coming, my apologies.  This event is easily my favourite of the year on the Teretonga calender.  It’s part of the Southern Festival of Speed, with races on Southern Circuits from Levels (Timaru), Ruapuna (Christchurch) and Teretonga (Invercargill).  I like to go to the practice days simply because you’re more likely to see the larger range of cars before the carnage happens.   Enough nonsensical gibberings, I know you guys only come here for the pictures;

“Racing Cars” Class
Occupying the Staging Grid

If my memory serves me correctly (it usually does not) the above car belongs to the father of one of the chaps on oldschool.co.nz who built and owns a very choice CA18DET powered MkI Escort.  I’m sure he’ll let me know soon enough whether I’ve got that wrong.  Anyway, onwards!


The caretakers of this car politely stopped their work on it whilst I scurried about amongst them to take these and other photographs, I try to keep out of their way more than the other way around but that’s what I love about these meets vs. the standard and NZV8 fare, everyone is far and away friendlier without the masses of pretentiousness.  It’s a grand ol’ time!

From the front

Even just wandering around the pits of these glorious icons of times past, the goose-bumps grew as I knew it was only a matter of time before I would be standing grid-side and their barely muffled exhausts and rumblings would turn my insides to jelly and render my eyesight nigh on useless.   However, that said.  That time had not yet come and I continued my unimpeded wanderings through the marvel of raw machinery.

Stacks of awesome

Wandering through the pits bears witness to the different eras and years of development, as such;

Musing the setup
Crash Protection – Minimal

Here you can see just how little room there is for error.  If you go into the wall nose first, chances are you WILL lose or at the very least break something.  Those are the pedals sitting in-line with the wheels, make particular not of how miniscule the bracketing is for the nose/front wing and keep in mind, these cars depsite their age are NOT slow.

Some require some adjustments and replacements however.

Make note of that number though, this car is well quick.

Alright, that’ll do for now but this week and maybe the following will be riddled with CSF photographs, so stay very well tuned.  I’m going to go take a nap in this dish;

I 'AVON'd been this tired in a wheel.



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