They’re a never-say-die bunch, NZ V8 drivers.
One round into the 2007/2008 NZ Truth series and three of them have been hit hard by adversity but none of them is giving in.
The Pukekohe round saw a massive crash involving Julia Huzziff and Andrew Anderson.
Anderson had been spun off track after being tapped by another car and Huzziff – with nowhere to go – ploughed into his car.
The Anderson car was a write-off, Huzziff’s badly damaged and she shattered a kneecap in the crash.
But Anderson’s car-building uncle Wayne has already begun building a replacement Holden Commodore.
And Huzziff’s team and family have launched an appeal to raise money to rebuild her car.
Both outfits plan to have the cars on-track at the A1GP meeting at Taupo in January. Anderson will lease a car to race at Ruapuna in 10 days time.
Also hard-hit was Pukekohe round winner and series leader, John McIntyre, whose truck burned out at Mercer as it was being driven back to Johnny Mac’s team base in Hastings.
Up in flames went vital equipment.
But Johnny is well on the way to getting the gear replaced.
“The support and offers of help we have received from everyone including sponsors, V8 teams and supports has been overwhelming,” he said this week.
“The team have bounced back so quickly and positively that it has galvanised us as a team.
“We’ll be stronger than ever at Ruapuna. Look out.
“Luckily, the winning (BP Ultimate/Squawking Magpie Wines Ford Falcon) was untouched (it was in a separate trailer) and now begins the task of making and gathering all the parts and equipment needed to go racing at the front again.
“Our glass is definitely half full.”
We report on Huzziff’s appeal and Anderson’s new car build in this week’s magazine, along with a report on the sensational second night of the season at Auckland’s Western Springs Speedway.