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The Swiss army knife of SUVs I suzu is as serious off-road brand as you can get. And by serious I mean they have two models, and both are aimed at the tough rugged outdoors of New Zealand. They have the D-Max Ute, which comes in 6 model variants, and the MU-X, their 7 seater SUV. Isuzu are well known and loved to those who live outside the big smoke. However, most of us who live in the cities are surprised to hear that this brand called Isuzu are as popular as Ford and Toyota in New Zealand’s ute and outdoor market. And Isuzu are pushing hard to make big waves in the SUV market with their MU-X. Unlike the shared platform D-Max that has six model variants, the MU-X only has the one. There are also no options, it comes fully loaded. It’s powered by the Isuzu 4JJ1 3.0L engine, which produces 130kw and 430 Nm @ 2000 > 2200 rpm. The transmission is an Aisin 6-speed with sequential shift and brake shift lock electronically controlled, with Adaptive Grade Logic Control and fuel-saving lockup torque converter. This is paired with a Terrain Command control with ‘shift on the fly’ 4H-2WD selection at up to 100km/h. For off roading, the MU-X is fitted with plenty of rugged off-road protection, which includes front steel plate skid/

splash shield and steel plate guards. Safety features include Traction Control System (TCS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and a reversing camera. Six airbags come as standard; dual front, front side and full-length curtain – to keep

passengers on both sides of the car safe. Front seatbelt pre-tensioners pull back when the airbags are activated, for extra safety. On the outside, it includes 18-inch alloy wheels, side steps, roof rails, and Bi-LED projector headlamps with Daytime Running Lights (DRL). The interior comes with 7 leather seats, which can fold flat for additional cargo space. Also included is a Multi-Information Display for the driver, Touch screen Sat Nav GPS, Premium Audio sound system includes USB and Bluetooth connectivity plus audio streaming. There’s eight speakers and Live Surround Sound combined with a 10.2” roof mounted rear monitor. And if you want to customise the MUX, Isuzu has a few accessories available. When you start driving the MU-X, you realise you are sitting on what seems like the second story of this vehicle. It’s very high off the ground, and you from time to time think that this vehicle is just massive. But the visibility all around is brilliant; big side mirrors, and a great vantage point from the high driver’s seat. You soon forget about its size and quickly become very secure and confident behind the wheel.

Much like the D-Max the MU-X is a very easy vehicle to drive. Out of all the serious off road vehicles, Isuzu seems to be one of the few that have managed to give you all you need to go off the beaten track, while still leaving you with a great driving vehicle on the roads. You notice this when you are up around 100 km/h, the MU-X is flat and stable, and even in some long corners, you do not get the body roll some other trucks have, which instinctively makes you slow down. Off road, the MU-X is hard to beat, I did not take this model off road, but I have taken other MU-X and D-Max models deep in the rugged terrain of New Zealand in the past. And straight from the dealership, these vehicles are very impressive, even for someone who might be nervous about off roading. The 4WD system is second to none, and you really have to push this vehicle a long way before you start to reach its limits. I really like this truck, and I call it a truck because the word SUV just seems a bit too soft to describe it. It’s a great looking, 7 seater, 3-ton towing, go-anywhere, tough truck. When you drive the MU-X you can’t help but feel like you can point it in any direction and pull the horizon towards you. - By John Galvin, Drive Life

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he countdown is on to the 96th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Two weeks ahead of the start of the most famous hill climb in the world, the I.D. R Pikes Peak appeared at the final official test in its final livery and bearing its start number.

Volkswagen’s first fully-electric racing car lines up on 24 June in grey – the hallmark colour of the I.D. family. Driver Romain Dumas will drive the number 94 car. “The organisers allowed us to select our own start number,” explains Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven

Smeets. “The 94 was our express wish, as it symbolises the letters ‘I’ and ‘D’ – the ninth and fourth letters in the alphabet.” The I.D. R Pikes Peak, which features two electric engines and a system performance of 500 kW (680 PS), is the sporty figurehead of the future

family of electric production cars, which Volkswagen will launch in 2020. Dumas will use every waking opportunity to bond with his car. The 40-year-old already knows the route like the back of his hand, having already taken outright victory at Pikes Peak on three occasions.

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Ferrari fetches a cool $99m


he world’s most expensive car has been sold for a reported $US70 million ($NZ99m) to an entrepreneur who made his fortune selling car mats. David MacNeil, who founded WeatherTech, paid the record fee for a Tour de France-winning 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO. Only 39 models of the supercar were built between 1962 and 1964 and the last one to sell cost an estimated $US42m ($NZ59m). It was restored in the UK in the 1990s, but the prestigious car has raced all over Europe and Africa. It won the ten-day Tour de France road rally in 1964 and placed fourth at Le Mans the year before. Mr MacNeil, who’s based in Chicago, has assembled a ultra-rare Ferrari collection. It includes a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT, Berlinetta SWB, a 250 GT Lusso, 275 GTB, 365 GTB/4 Daytona, F40, and F50. Mr MacNeil’s purchase of the 250 GTO puts him on an elite list of owners that includes Ralph Lauren, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and British billionaire Lord Anthony Bamford, who owns two of them. James Knight, Group Motoring chairman at UK auction house Bonhams, told CNN: “The Ferrari 250 GTO is the motoring market’s equivalent of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and a talisman for any top-end collection.” Ferrari historian Marcel Massini has said he expects a 250 GTO to fetch $100 million in the next five years.






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Rally a very big deal


ecently this writer was the recipient of a very interesting book – the official souvenir record of the 13th International Veteran and Vintage Rally staged in New Zealand in 1972. Aine Whiting passed on the book, which had been collected by her late husband Norm. Norm had a lifelong interest in anything mechanical and a fascination with ploughing. While Aine isn’t sure how he came by it, she knows the book would have appealed to Norm. And it’s easy to see why. Along with historical information about vintage and veteran motoring, the book features some wonderful photos of vehicles which took part on what was a huge event. The 13th International Rally was the second such event to be held in this country. Seven years earlier entrants had come from around the world to take part in the 6th International, or as it is often called the Haast Rally. It was the first of the series to be held outside Europe and our people, landscape, roads and scenery made a lasting impres-

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sion and resulted in requests to return. In 1972 there were more than 750 entrants in 18 classes, competing over 20 alternative routes, all of which lead to Nelson. Those taking part could join a route along the way, and six of the routes travelled through Ashburton. Several local members of the Vintage Car Club including the late Hans van Lith driving his impressive 1929 Nash, took part. The rally brings back memories for local Vintage Car Club Branch Patron Diane Ross. At the time she and Rob did not have an eligible vehicle, but they followed one route and assisted by manning a checkpoint.

Diane says it was wonderful seeing all the cars congregated at Nelson. Along with the fun of being amongst such a large and interesting gathering, two things which happened have remained in Diane’s memory. At the time she was missing a badge for her Chrysler. A fellow enthusiast approached Diane telling her back home in his garage he had just the badge she needed. About three weeks later it arrived in the mail. Racing was one of the activities in Nelson which fascinated Diane. She says at the time she thought and looking back she still thinks the Bugatti driven by the late Bruce Pidgeon looked like a demented bumble bee. It was the first time Diane had seen such a special car racing, or to perhaps put it more accurately, bouncing around a track. The registration process of recording so many entries on so many routes could have been a logistical nightmare for the organisers, but in a perhaps ironical twist they adopted modern technology to record older vehicles. A state of the art Burroughs B500 computer was programmed for printing and statistical purposes and did the job well. The computer had a value of a then staggering $400,000 and took up a lot of space.

Above – The 1929 Nash that Hans van Lith drove in the 1972 Rally. Below – The state-of-the-art computer used to organise the rally. Below left – The Bugatti that looked like ‘a demented bumble bee’.

How times have changed; these words are being written on a laptop which in comparison size wise is a bit like a pimple on a pumpkin, cost about one fifth of one per cent of that price and probably has several hundred times more power. Aine Whiting has very kindly passed on a treasure – one of those books which reveals more each time it’s opened – a book which has already brought back many memories and will continue to do so.

A weekend wacky and wonderful


ong weekends like our recent Queen’s Birthday holiday give people the opportunity to do all sorts of things. Sometimes wacky and sometimes wonderful, sometimes both. Several decades ago the Christchurch Branch of the Vintage Car Club started a Queens Birthday weekend tradition, which far from becoming mundane, continues to attract increasing numbers of competitors of all ages. Competitors isn’t quite the right word, because there aren’t really any prizes, although some lucky if that’s the correct description, entrants will have their names drawn out of a hat and given the job of organising the following year’s event. Very democratic! Over the years starting places for this two-day event beginning on Saturday have varied, this year it commenced in Oamaru by tradition Saturday night is spent in Fairlie. This year part of Sunday was devoted to a gymkhana held at Pete’s Patch, a nearby farm. The route often includes challenging offroad sections and only vintage or veteran

vehicles can take part. In a way it’s like going back in time to conditions which were predominant when the vehicles were new. It’s known as the Irishman Rally because in its early years it went to Irishman Creek Station, the farm run by Bill Hamilton, recognised as father of the jet boat. This year several hearty local enthusiasts, including David and Marion Oakley, were among the 165 entrants who took part and had a lot of fun. Travelling in their Ford Model A Tudor, the Oakleys said their car and (with a few minor exceptions) all the vehicles performed well, handling at times rugged terrain without too much bother. A hoar frost throughout the Hakataramea Valley made that part of the journey spectacular. The Irishman Rally is just one of a variety events organised by vintage motoring enthusiasts. Another of local significance is next year’s National South Island Easter Rally being hosted here and coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Ashburton Branch. An enthusiastic organising committee has planning well under way for that event.

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First time out T

he Polestar 1 is set to make its first dynamic appearance at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed from 12-15 July. Festivalgoers will see prototype #004 of the two-door Electric Performance Hybrid charge up the famous hill climb, set in the grounds of Goodwood House in West Sussex, England. Driven by Polestar chief test driver Joakim Rydholm, the drive is part of the continued global launch of the Polestar brand and the Polestar 1. It’s an opportunity for enthusiasts and the public to get a closer look at the design and performance of the car as it continues its real-world performance, chassis and suspension-testing programme. “I am really excited to drive the Polestar 1 prototype up the hill at Goodwood,” enthuses Rydholm. “Driving the hill climb has been a long-time ambition, and to be able to do it in the same prototype in which we’ve spent so many months of development is truly special.” Polestar will also be present in the manufacturer area. In contrast to the camouflaged prototype, two production-specification Polestar 1 cars will be on display, representing yet another opportunity to experience the car in detail ahead of the first customer deliveries in 2019. Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar, comments: “I’m thrilled that we’re going to be at the Goodwood Festival of Speed – it’s everything a big car event should be: full of passion, enthusiasm and a chance to get really close to the cars. “The response to the Polestar 1 from the UK and northern Europe has been fantastic and it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet so many people who share our passion for Polestar and the future of the brand.”

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