Wairarapa News : January 23rd 2013
22 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 23, 2013 MOTORING McKenzie Motors South End Queen St Masterton 06 378 6134 • 027 239 0415 Ross Dearnley A/H 06 378 2482 5 Door , 5 Speed, Aftermarket Alloys, Nz New, Good Car 1.6L, Auto, ABS brakes, Air bags, Alloys, 7,000kms,Climate control, NZ New 3.8L, 5 Speed Auto, Factory Sports Sedan, 1 Owner, Full Service History 2.4L Tiptronic, 4wd, Parking Sensors, Air Bags, Alloys, Central Locking, Cruise Control 2WD, Great Economy,Towbar, Excellent Service History, Very Tidy, 3.0L Turbo Diesel, Auto, 4WD, Spot Lights, ABS, Air bags, Air con, Alloys, Towbar 2002 HOLDEN BARINA XC HATCH 2011 KIA RIO EX HATCH 2006 MITSUBISHI 380 VR -- X 2006 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER 1998 TOYOTA RAV 4 1997 ISUZU BIGHORN PLAISIR $5,990 $11,990 Was $19,990 Now $17,990 $7,990 5124772AA With more advanced features than before • More space • More refined inside • Better engines inc diesel • Safer thoughout the range • Higher efficiency • New technology • Lower emissions • Smarter thinking ALL NEW 2013 OUTLANDER Was $19,990 Now $17,990 Was $7,990 Now $6,490 NZ's Favourite SUV Perfected! 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The official ruling is that the fractionally stiffer chassis gives him an advantage on the track. So that s it -- no more Malcolm Little, nobody left to challenge the Aussies who come over and towel us each year and one less truck on the track, bringing the NZ fleet down to just five. All for being too successful, according to Malcolm, who now lives and works in Otaki. They re calling me a cheat, he said on Friday. But this businessman and mad keen truck racer is no quitter. He s steadily im- proved to be the best in the country and he s not backing down now. It s going to cost me $50,000 to build a new truck. I told them, and they accept, that it won t be slower than the Freightliner. It ll be quick- er. All the good bits from the current truck will go into the new one and there s lots of improvements I can make. One is in weight. The cur- rent engine qualifies the truck for the B class, which can be up to 500kg lighter than the A class in which Malcolm has run. That s a huge saving when it comes to acceleration and braking, and the rules now allow all classes to com- pete for the national cham- pionship. I ve already got the chassis rails laid out on the factory floor, Malcolm said. I m going to keep the fibreglass cab and the paint job -- it will look identical to the current truck. But it will be a rocket ship by comparison. This would have been my 20th season, he said. This new truck will be built to last for another nine years. Sweet 'chariots' swinging low Winning start: Spike Taylor made a dream start in the opening round of the New Zealand sidecar championship. By KEVIN BALL CONTINUED Page 23 Masterton man Spike Taylor made a dream start to the New Zealand sidecar cham- pionship at Ruapuna when he and swinger Astrid Hartnell recorded three first places. It was the team s first out- ing on the Swiss-built former world championship-winning LCR rig. It was amazing, to say the least, the former New Zea- land champion said last week. We were just bedding it in. We had trouble with the fuel injection in practice and emp- tied the bank account buying and fitting a big new one, Spike said. We qualified second, which is what I wanted, he said. We got a massive start and at the end of the first lap we were four seconds ahead. After five laps we were 14 seconds ahead but by then we were starting to have gearbox problems and we finished 11 seconds ahead. I couldn t believe it when the chequered flag came out. During his retirement from sidecar racing Spike had a go at karting and he reckons that experience is paying off now. That taught me to go for it right from the start and that s what we re doing now. Race two saw them get a good start going on to win by 18 seconds. Despite more gearbox trou- ble in race three, the New Zealand Grand Prix, they still managed to win by five seconds. That gave us a lead of 15 points in the championship, Spike said. I thought we d struggle at Timaru so we built up slowly he said. The gearbox trouble recurred in practice and they came in fearing it was seriou- sly damaged. Dennis was on the span- ners and he found the gear selector was off its retainers. Others pitched in to get the bike going again, but it still didn t feel right. We had hardly any brakes, it wouldn t stop. Dennis cleaned them and we did qualifying with me leaning on the brakes to heat them up, and they came right. We qualified third in 1.18s, which was only by couple of seconds slower than the leaders. My chest pad came loose and my ankles got burnt from the exhaust . . . lots of little things Jeep sales soar We know Jeeps sell well in New Zealand, as our last test car was sold from under us last month. Worldwide, Jeep has surpassed its previous 1999 global sales record by selling more than 700,000 vehicles in 2012. Global sales were up 19 per cent and the American market saw a 13 per cent increase.
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