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Race stars and fast cars at Speedshow

 

Champion racing drivers and new cars and bikes will be on show the this weekend's Speedshow extravaganza

The fourth annual Speedshow will see top racing drivers and riders from speedway, New Zealand V8s and motocross – as well as other categories – appearing at the show.

And, several brand-new to New Zealand cars and motorcycles are being unveiled for Kiwi fans for the first time.

“Peugeot’s stunning new RCZ coupe is being revealed by mayor John Banks, who will then help NZ V8 champ John McIntyre unveil his new-look Ford racing car, before Gareth and Jo Morgan launch their book about their latest motorcycling adventure called Up The Andes, says organiser Keith Sharp.

“We’re delighted to be able to feature some very special cars like the super luxurious, super powerful Bentley Mulsanne grand tourer. Powered by a remarkable 6.75-litre V8 – which produces 505hp and 1020Nm of torque – this amazing vehicle was recently shown to Bentley customers at Independent Prestige and has stayed here especially for Speedshow before returning to Europe.”

Also of note are new models from Victory Motorcycles – the Cross Country and the Cross Roads. Both touring motorcycles are powered by a 1731cc, fuel-injected 92hp V-twin engine.

Kawasaki’s latest 250cc four-stroke race bike, the KX250F, is also on show.

“The 2011 model arrives in New Zealand in early September and motocross fans will be keen to see the latest version of the highly successful, distinctively green KX250F which has won world and national championships including this year’s NZ Supercross title,” says Kawasaki New Zealand’s Wayne List. “The introduction of the new 2011 model brings new technology and the promise of even more victories. We’ll also be showing Kawasaki ’s new Z1000 and the legendary Ninja range as well as other road and off-road models.”

Bike fans can also meet New Zealand enduro motocross star Chris Birch on the Leatt neck braces stand. The Red Bull-backed five-time New Zealand enduro champion returned from Costa Rica where he’s been tutoring riders in the challenging enduro motocross discipline just a few days before Speedshow. This year, Birch won the tough Red Bull Romaniacs for the first time in his career.

Other new car marques exhibiting at Speedshow in 2010 include Ford, Mazda, Kia, Suzuki, Nissan, HSV, Chrysler and Jeep, while the motorcycle marques represented include Ducati, Aprilia, BMW, Royal Enfield, Suzuki and Triumph, which will show a limited edition bike, the 2010 Daytona 675SE.

For drifting fans, D1NZ’s Brendon White has lined up the country’s top six competitors to be at Speedshow: Gaz Whiter, Jason Sellers, Mad Mike Whiddett, Daynom Templeman, Fanga Dan and Andrew Redward.

“Templeman, Sellers and Redward all have new cars to show off, while Whiddett’s link-up with TengTools will see a lucky Speedshow visitor win one of two fantastic prizes,” says Sharp. “TengTools has prize draws for a radio-controlled replica of Mad Mike’s Mad Bul Racing RX7, worth over a $1,000, and a 715-piece TengTools Mega Master Tool Kit worth $4999."

Speedshow is open from 9am to 6pm on Saturday 24 July and 9am to 5pm on Sunday 25 July. Tickets are available at the gate. See www.speedshow.co.nz for full details in the visitor section.


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