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Offroad racing evolves: the V8s are coming


McCall in action

The V8 engine may be on the way to ‘endangered species’ status on New Zealand roads, but the muscular bellow of American – and even Japanese – high performance V8 engines is beginning to dominate the spectacular world of offroad racing.

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When the first round of the 2015 ENZED New Zealand Offroad Racing Championship starts on Saturday at Kaukapakapa, more than 20 per cent of the 60-strong field will be V8 powered, and the assembled power of the big V8 cars and trucks will exceed 5,000 bhp.

Prototypes could rule the day with experienced racers Gregg Carrington-Hogg and Murray Kitt both moving from the Achilles Radial Class 1 unlimited race car class into the Achilles Radial Class 9.

They join defending class champion Maurice Bain (VW Beetle V6 turbo) and  leave five unlimited-class entries in the top race car Achilles Radial Class 1:

front-runners among that class are Ernie Hogg in the “General” and multiple champion Tony McCall in the ENZED-backed BSL Terra, both running massive race-tuned LS2 Chev V8s.

The ultimate truck class will see a battle between old and new race trucks. There is a new unlimited-class race truck coming all the way from Palmerston North, owner Grant Rosenburg stepping up for class four for modified sport trucks. It has been built in Palmerston North. Another new truck is making its debut with Aucklander Dale Buckley at the wheel, an unlimited-class “ProLite’ design built in America by Kincaid Motorsports. These two go up against Jono Climo’s immaculately-presented Kumho Toyota Hilux Trophy Truck with its twin-turbo V8 and four wheel drive. Also likely to race is Raana Horan in Big Black, his Nissan Titan V8 four wheel drive truck. Horan’s children Brooklyn and Boston are both racing in the Kiwitruck youth category.

More imported race vehicles are flooding into New Zealand as the US-NZ dollar exchange rate continues to favour local racers. Aucklander James Buchanan has imported a Tatum race car and re-powered it with a Mitsubishi Evo turbo engine. Ivan Booth will run a Tatum chassis in class five for cars using engines of up to 1350cc.

Polaris NZ is backing young Tauranga teenager Dyson Delahunty’s step up into the Polaris Class U - UTV or ‘side by side’ class, while another young racer, Tyler Castle, steps up from the VW-powered class seven to race in class five with Suzuki power. The most numerous class is for cars with engines up to 1650cc, where 11 entries had been received by mid-week.

The weekend’s racing starts at 11.00 am on a new course at Haruru Road and takes the form of ‘short course’ heats for fourteen classes of race car and truck including the Kiwitruck youth category. There is an all-in race at the end of the three heats for each class. Short course races are short (five laps) and spectacular, with all race action visible from main spectator locations.

The 2015 ENZED New Zealand Offroad Racing Championship takes place over seven rounds, with competitors racing at either three northern or three southern rounds before the entire championship field meets for the all-in final, which will be held in early November on a farm course in Hawkes Bay.

2013 Peter Howell Memorial Offroad Race – THIS SUNDAY

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Gates will be open from 8.00
Scrutineering will start when we get there usually from 9 .00- 9-30
Drivers briefing 10-30 .
1st race 11.00
2nd Race 1.00 pm

DIRECTIONS FOR GETTING TO RACE TRACK:

FIND RACE TRACK PETER HOWELL

Travel south on the Southern Motorway, State Highway 1 towards Hamilton
Go through 1 roundabout , 86.6 km from Manukau (start point)

Turn right onto State Highway 39 in Ngaruawahia (signs for Raglan/Otorohanga)
100 m
Take the 1st left to stay on State Highway 39
16.6 km
Turn right onto State Highway 23
3.2 km
Turn right onto Karakariki Rd
Destination will be on the left
7.2 km

727 Karakariki Rd
Whatawhata 3289

Pay Competition Entry Fees on the day at scrutineering 2013 Peter Howell Memorial Enduro – (Competitor Entry Fee $70) & Waikato Challenge Cup – (Competitor Entry Fee $60) Sunday 17th November 2013
727 Karakariki Road
Whatawhata
Ngaruawahia Natural Terrain Farmland Course
Race format is Double Enduro (2 x 1 hour races). First race starts at 11am

Hosted by Waikato Offroad Racing Club 

To be run alongside the Waikato Offroad Racing Club Challenge Cup Enduro. 

Separate entry required to both events – 2013 Peter Howell Memorial Enduro – Competitor Entry Fee $70 

& Waikato Challenge Cup – Competitor Entry Fee $60

If you want to contest only the Peter Howell Memorial then you just enter the Peter Howell Memorial (only $70)
If you want to contest both the Peter Howell Memorial and the Challenge Cup Enduro then you must enter both and pay both Entry Fees (this option will cost is discounted to $110 – but think of the glory of being an instant double title holder of two prestigious events!).

Absolutely No Dogs allowed at this property

2013 Peter Howell Memorial Enduro – (Competitor Entry Fee $70)
& Waikato Challenge Cup – (Competitor Entry Fee $60)
Sunday 17th November 2013
727 Karakariki Road
Whatawhata
Ngaruawahia

Natural Terrain Farmland Course

2013 Peter Howell Memorial -THIS SUNDAY!

Peter howell Header

THIS SUNDAY - 
Gates will be open from 8.00
Scrutineering will start when we get there usually from 9 .00- 9-30
Drivers briefing 10-30 .
1st race 11.00
2nd Race 1.00 pmPay Competition Entry Fees on the day at scrutineering

2013 Peter Howell Memorial Enduro – (Competitor Entry Fee $70)
& Waikato Challenge Cup – (Competitor Entry Fee $60)
Sunday 17th November 2013
727 Karakariki Road
Whatawhata
NgaruawahiaNatural Terrain Farmland Course

Race format is Double Enduro (2 x 1 hour races). First race starts at 11am

Hosted by Waikato Offroad Racing Club
To be run alongside the Waikato Offroad Racing Club Challenge Cup Enduro

Separate entry required to both events – 2013 Peter Howell Memorial Enduro – Competitor Entry Fee $70
& Waikato Challenge Cup – Competitor Entry Fee $60
If you want to contest only the Peter Howell Memorial then you just enter the Peter Howell Memorial (only $70)
If you want to contest both the Peter Howell Memorial and the Challenge Cup Enduro then you must enter both and pay both Entry Fees (this option will cost is discounted to $110 – but think of the glory of being an instant double title holder of two prestigious events!).

Absolutely No Dogs allowed at this property

2013 Peter Howell Memorial Enduro – (Competitor Entry Fee $70)
& Waikato Challenge Cup – (Competitor Entry Fee $60)
Sunday 17th November 2013
727 Karakariki Road
Whatawhata
Ngaruawahia

Natural Terrain Farmland Course

Hosted by Waikato Offroad Racing Club
To be run alongside the Waikato Offroad Racing Club Challenge Cup Enduro

Separate entry required to both events – 2013 Peter Howell Memorial Enduro – Competitor Entry Fee $70
& Waikato Challenge Cup – Competitor Entry Fee $60
If you want to contest only the Peter Howell Memorial then you just enter the Peter Howell Memorial (only $70)
If you want to contest both the Peter Howell Memorial and the Challenge Cup Enduro then you must enter both and pay both Entry Fees (this option will cost $130 – but think of the glory of being an instant double title holder of two prestigious events!).

Absolutely No Dogs allowed at this property

2013 Peter Howell Memorial Enduro in Maramarua Forest –

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As HBORC have unfortunately been forced to re-schedule the Gwavas Enduro National Round to Sunday the 11th August, AORC wish to advise that the Peter Howell Memorial Enduro which was scheduled to also run on Sunday 11th August will now be postponed.  AORC were consulted by HBORC regarding this date change and AORC agreed with the date change.  AORC are currently investigating an alternative date to run the event later in the year and will advise once a date and location is confirmed

ENZED is proud to sponsor the longest offroad race in the Southern hemisphere.

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ENZED has confirmed its status as the main sponsor for the race in September, which will be known as the ENZED Taupo 1000.

Taupo 1000 spokesperson Tony Saelman says for the race, the agreement is a major step forward and an endorsement of the quality of the event itself.
“We’re really pleased that such a high profile company as ENZED, with such a long and proud history of involvement in motorsport, has become our main sponsor and event partner. This adds so much to the months of hard work we do as race organisers and volunteers to make this iconic race happen,” he said.
It is the first time ENZED has become involved in offroad racing at such a high level.
With four months until the race cars and trucks grid up to race, the event’s ‘intent to enter’ page has topped a record 120 teams, including racers from North America and Australia. Run over three days in September, the Taupo 1000 is the longest, toughest, fastest offroad race in the southern hemisphere, completing 1000 km over two days – or the equivalent of a Bathurst 1000 track race without once running on sealed roads. Free practice and qualifying laps are to be held over a short course on Friday 13 September, with the race itself taking place on the Saturday and Sunday and competitors aiming to complete up to 500 km per day.
The international standing of the Taupo 1000 grows year by year. With race teams planning their Taupo 1000 assault up to two years before the event, the event always draws record numbers of media and is covered for television in New Zealand on TV3 and Australia.

Overall winner, Australian competitor, Brad Prout in winning style at the 2011 Taupo 1000

Overall winner, Australian competitor, Brad Prout in winning style at the 2011 Taupo 1000

Each year the online profile of the race grows, with its Facebook page attracting tens of thousands of views per day and a race-weekend ‘reach’ approaching 400,000. Racers post onboard and other footage on Youtube and link back to their own team social media channels and to the event page.
“Every time this race happens it takes huge steps beyond what has gone before. One of the great things this year is the new track. We have been able to bring the race much closer to Taupo, and the new start-finish and pit area is on wide, open rolling farmland which means spectators get to see plenty of race action from the one location,” said Mr Saelman.
Event information is available online at the race website www.taupo1000.co.nz and on its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/EnzedTaupo1000

Wilco Racing Team at 2013 ORANZ National Round Meremere

Mike Fraser battles teh Class 1 field in ORANZ competition at Meremere

Mike Fraser battles teh Class 1 field in ORANZ competition at Meremere

Mike Fraser competed in WRT102 on Sunday in the first round of the ORANZ North Island National Rounds at Meremere hosted by the All Terrain Racing Club.
We spent last week repairing the right rear trailing arm, repairing also the fuel tank which was split from the last event and carrying out our routine race preparation in the workshop.
On a wet Saturday we loaded up WRT102 onto the WRT trailer and headed out to Leader Products, the venue for driver registration and vehicle scrutineering.
The rain cleared and after successfully getting WRT102 through scrutineering, we were able to spend a bit of time checking out the rest of the vehicles on display including new cars and then some old cars with new paint jobs and also some old cars with new modifications.
Was certainly great to mix and mingle and this all added to the excitement for the weekend.
Certainly seemed like there were going to be plenty of entries, especially when we considered “out of town” entrants were allowed to be scrutineered on race day the following day so were not here today.
Sunday morning dawned a bit drizzly in Auckland but soon cleared once we had cleared the Bombay’s heading south to the track at Meremere.
Arriving at the track, we soon had WRT102 unloaded and our pit area setup good to go (tools, tyres, chairs, chilly bin, spares, fuel, driver safety equipment etc) – we were ready.
With plenty of time on our side, we were able to walk the pits and view the rest of the machinery on display.
It was good to see the boys from the Palmerston North club had trundled their way up North and were there in force with my old man Peter Hogg in his Class 3, Martin van der Wal in his Class 8 (and current Class 8 National Champ), William van der Wal in his new Prolite based Class 8 and Ivan Booth in his newly acquired Class 5 – the buggers even nabbed a couple of trophies with Dad taking 2nd place in Class 3 and Martin taking 2nd place in Class 8 for the day – another daylight raid by our hillbilly mates!!
The pits are certainly very impressive nowadays, with immaculately prepared race cars and race trailers, sponsors flags and banners, ezyup gazebos galore – it was great to see and as a sponsor, was also great to see the importance placed on getting the class sponsor decals onto the vehicles.
After the “out of town” entrants were scrutineered, the drivers briefing was held and everybody was given the outline and run down for the day.
There were going to be four races for the day for each of the groups including 3 x 5 lap sprint races and 1 x 15 lap all-in feature race.
The Class 1 vehicles (unlimited 2WD buggies) were grouped with Class 3’s (1600cc buggies) and the Class 9 vehicles (unlimited vehicle with manufacturers body type – i.e. Baja bugs etc).
The other Class 1 vehicles on show today were Tony McCall, Mal Langley, Clim Tristrim Lammers, Paul Smith, Clive Thornton, Paul Eayrs and Alan Hilliam – pretty much a lot of the top drivers in the North Island and covered everything from turbos to injected V8’s.
Other groups racing were 1) Kiwitruck J’s and M’s, 2) Challengers, Class 7’s, Class R’s and Class 10’s, 3) Class 5’s, 4) Class 1’s, Class 3’s and Class 9’s, 5) Class 8 and 6) Class 2’s, 4’s and 6’s)
First race was very wet after all the rain during the previous weeks, but as the day went on the track conditions improved into a great track, albeit with some massive holes developing in places around the course – crikey you gotta love offroad racing!
Mike was like a proverbial “pig in #*&^” and did bloody well during the day, at times getting himself into the lead during a couple of the races and finished the days racing with a couple of thirds as his best results and also managed to finish every race, albeit only just in the feature race!
The racing was intense and wheel to wheel, even wheel on wheel and in some case wheels on bodies as everybody competed as hard as they could for positions. It was good old fashioned racing at its best, fast cars, good fields and close racing!
As with previous events that WRT102 had been entered, this event was a good learning curve for the setup of the car as we played around with tyre pressures, tyres (changing to hand cut tyres for the first race), adjusting bump stop pressures etc.
We had not realised that we had the car set up with some toe-in on the front which we believe contributed to the amount of feedback through the steering wheel, but we were unable to adjust this on the day, as we did not have enough adjustment in the steering arm rod ends.
Disaster came for WRT102 when in the last race of the day when the gearbox finally blew up, and although Mike was able to finish the race, the gearbox didn’t sound great with all the clunks and knocks coming from it – blowing the gearbox up had been a long time coming and we’d been surprised we’d been able to get away with it like we had – but t’is no more – so time to park it up in the corner of the workshop and save some pennies and get on with an gearbox upgrade!
Not sure of the individual placing’s for each of the Class 1 races except that Tony McCall pretty much out and out dominated Class 1, so much so that he lapped the rest of the Class 1 field in the feature race only to be lapped himself by the rest of the field as he stopped short of the Start / Finish with a few laps to go unable to restart the car to finish the race with I believe more fuel issues. Can’t have hurt his results too badly as he finished 1st overall in Class for the day!
Overall, another great day for the sport, a shame about the gearbox but we knew we were living on the edge with it, but awesome to be out there amongst it!

Congratulations to ATR for an awesome event!

Cheers,

Ernie – Wilco Racing Team

2013 STIHL SHOP Woodhill 100

the 2013 Stihl Shop Woodhill 100

the 2013 Stihl Shop Woodhill 100

AORC are very pleased to announce that STIHL SHOP have come on board as the main sponsor for NZ’s most iconic offroad endurance race and the event is to be promoted as the 2013 STIHL SHOP Woodhill 100

 We also welcome the following class sponsors for the event:-

Class 1 and 2      Frontline Projects Ltd & Phoenix Engineering Ltd

Class 3 and 4      Alert Anodising Ltd

Class 5 and 6      STIHL SHOP Ellerslie

Class 7 and 8      CSBC Builders Ltd

Class 9, 10 & C   VW Shoppe Ltd

Class R/UTV       STIHL SHOP Drury

The 2013 STIHL SHOP Woodhill 100 Offroad Race held in the Woodhill Forest is not only the oldest running offroad racing event in NZ but is also the longest continually running endurance motorsport event in NZ.

 The 2013 STIHL SHOP Woodhill 100 is run by the Auckland Offroad Racing Club (AORC) and this year will be the 33rd running of the event.

As usual the event is to be held on Queens Birthday weekend with scrutineering and the qualifying sprints (to determine grid position) to be held on Saturday 1st June and the race to be held on Sunday 2nd June.

The 2013 STIHL SHOP Woodhill 100 is raced on the fast logging roads and testing sand tracks of the Woodhill Forest and provides the ultimate endurance test for man and machine in the sport of offroad racing. 

To finish the race is reward enough for those that tackle the event.

This year we are proposing 9 laps of a an approximate 28km lap consisting of 50% gravel and 50% sand tracks totalling approximately 250km.

A very spectator friendly layout coupled with seeing the vehicles complete 9 laps will provide plenty of entertainment for the fans.

There are 12 different classes of offroad racing machines competing at the event plus 2 kids’ classes also completing a smaller race at the event.

 

2013 Woodhill 100

James Buchanan wins the 2012 Woodhill 100. ORANZ "Clerk of the Course" Kevin Cooper waves thechequered flag to seal his victory - Photo courtesy of Philip Hagan

James Buchanan wins the 2012 Woodhill 100. ORANZ “Clerk of the Course” Kevin Cooper waves the chequered flag to seal his victory – Photo courtesy of Philip Hagan

2013 Woodhill 100 –  South Head – Woodhill Forest – Sunday 2nd June 2013

Preparations are well under-way for the annual running of New Zealand’s most iconic and hardest fought offroad races, the Woodhill 100.

Held on Queens Birthday Weekend, every year for over 40 years, this event has consistently brought the very best offroaders in the country to face the harsh reality of endurance racing through sand tracks, sand dunes and flat-out gravel roads.

Many will start, only a handful finish.

With an expected attrition rate of over 30 percent, this race tests the preparedness of the race teams and the rough ride experienced through the rutted sand tracks will test the metal of the driver.  To win here you have to be prepared to treat the long 25km plus laps like a sprint race. The sand tracks need to be flown over, rather than driven through. When you get to Coast Road, one of the longest gravel straight roads on the annual calander, you find out whether your bravery matches you ability with top speeds recorded here in excess of 190km, only to end in a right angle turn into a forest track.

#157 Tony McCall takes advantage of Pole Position to clear out at the start of the 2012 Woodhill 100 - Photo courtesy of Philip Hagan

#157 Tony McCall takes advantage of Pole Position to clear out at the start of the 2012 Woodhill 100 – Photo courtesy of Philip Hagan

This year expect five time Woodhill 100 winner, Tony McCall to attempt to add another trophy to the wall. However, six time winner Ian Foster is back in the fray and is determined to spoil the McCall Teams victory celebrations. Spectators can also expect the forest to roar and the ground to shake when two time winner of the race, Raana Horan, brings the beast of a 4×4 truck “Big Black” out of its shipping crate to add another victory.

#899 Raana Horan blasts thru the Start/Finish area on his way to winning the 2011 Woodhill 100 - Photo courtesy of Philip Hagan

#899 Raana Horan blasts thru the Start/Finish area on his way to winning the 2011 Woodhill 100 – Photo courtesy of Philip Hagan

Last years winner James Buchanan has every chance this year as the battle for the lead could have serious consequences.

This years race will take place at teh South Head end of Woodhill Forest. Travel to Parakai on State Highway 16 and then follow the sign posts North to South Head. Scrutineering and the Sprints for pole position are scheduled for Saturday and will happen in the forest at the Rimmers Road entrance. Again, follow signposts.

At this stage the race track is 90 percent confirmed in layout, however, the long hot summer has reduced access to the forest and final track layout will be confirmed once the reconnoitre team gets in the forest.

2013 Counties Classic FINAL

CountiesHeader2013 Counties Classic Series – Round 3 – 2pm SATURDAY – 6 April 2013 at Colin Dale Park, Prices Rd (off Puhinui Rd), Manukau, Auckland. 

There’s alot to play for with the Counties Classic Series overall win worth $1500 to the highest pointing racer after 3 rounds and Club points to competitors from Counties, Auckland and ATR clubs.
UTV Racer, Eric Tears STILL leads the score sheet,  The title and the prize money are still anyones to win.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2013 COUNTIES CLASSIC FINAL - ENTRY FORM

2013 AORC Club Championship

CMORC have also agreed to allow us to run Round 2 of the AORC Club Champs at Round 3 of the CMORC Counties Classic event.

This event should be another good turnout of competitors to front up against each other at effectively what is an interclub event.

2013 Taupo 1000

Australian Competitor Roly Dixon sprints for pole in 2009 Taupo 1000The 2013 Taupo 1000

12 – 15 September 2013 Kaiangaroa Forest

At this stage we have received 103 Intent to Enter’s. Something we haven’t seen here in New Zealand for a very long time. What a show we will all be treated to with 100+ vehicles on the start line, all starting at the same time, all racing together over a 50km lap.

The full entry forms are planned to be sent out at the end of Februay to all those competitors that we have received Intent to Enter forms from. So if you are still considering weather to enter, fill out an Intent to Enter form on line, available on this web site and press submit.

Something new: Part of the full entry package will be a media form to complete. This form’s information will be placed onto the web site under “Race Teams Profile”. This will give teams the opportunity to promote themselves, plus you can check out the competition. We will also require a photo/pic emailed to us as part of your profile. So start giving it some thoughts.

Many teams have been asking about the rule book for your sport and the new classes, this is now available in the post below, or go to ORANZ (Offroad Association of New Zealand)

We are pleased to acknowledge that the Offroad Association of New Zealand have come on-board and supporting the Taupo1000 International Offroad Race. This event will still be run like any other open club event and the ORANZ rules still apply. There is no changes in the way the event is managed and run. Like every year it’s run to a very high and professional standard and most of all we have fun doing it.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Taupo1000 in September 12th 13th and 14th 2013.

The Taupo1000 International Offroad Race has gained a lot of interest from not only here in New Zealand but also in Australia, with Raana and his team competiting in their National Series and Brad Prout winning the event in 2011, it has made many stand up and take note. Then we have Trevor Cooper mixing it up with the top guys in the US and spreading the word. Then we have all our own Kiwi spectators traveling to both Australia and the US to support our guys, also spreading to word. So lets see how many of you guys from overseas take up the challenge and come over and compete in New Zealand biggest Offroad Race.

After the Taupo teams last recce and many hours working with some top key people within Taupo, we are about to confirm the all new pit area and its location. We will be updating this site Sunday night 4th November showing you the pit layout, the confirmed event programme and Intent to Enter form that can be completed on-line.

Paul has now plotted many different tracks and areas within the forest. He is not able to confirm the course until it has been approved by the Forestry. One more rece and Paul Sutton says, I will have the information required to submit a couple of options. He can confirm some of the roads are open and fast, very similar to last year.

Once you have completed your Intent to Enter, you can send your request for pit space. It is a good idea to talk to your club and book as a group. A club working together can bring more equipment to cover all the gear required. So once the new pit layout is up on this site, have a look at where you wish to pit and it will be first in bases.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT   –   www.taupo1000.co.nz