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Kiwi historic racers off to Oz


Fifteen V8-powered, 1970s-vintage NZ Formula 5000 cars are on their way to Australia for the final of the Tasman Revival Series.

February 25, 2007. Fourteen New Zealand-based Formula 5000 historic racing cars are being shipped to Australia for next month's final F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series races.

The cars were packed into specially fitted out containers in Christchurch and Auckland last week. A 15th car will be air-freighted.

The NZ cars line up against 10 similar V8-powered cars from Australia and three from Britain, to make up one of the biggest grids of genuine Formula 5000 cars ever seen since the cars’ heyday in the 1970s.

New Zealand has more race-ready Formula 5000 cars than any other country and the go-ahead local association has made a name for itself around the world for its can-do approach to promoting the reborn category.

The cars will race at Philip Island, near Melbourne, on the weekend of March 9-11.

Christchurch, New Zealand, driver Ian Clements leads the series in his Lola T332 – by one point from fellow Kiwis Aaron Burson (Talon MR1A) 180 and Stan Redmond (Lola T332).

Photo caption: NZ-built and designed Begg 018 Formula 5000 being loaded for the trip to Australia. Photo by Fast Company/Alex Mitchell/Warbirds.



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