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BMW Art Cars takes flight Bookings and enquiries contact Tracey Taylor on 07 578 0030 email: tracey@thesun.co.nz For editorial and news tips email: hamish@thesun.co.nz New Zealand’s first BMW Art Cars are on display in Tauranga this week.

phone 07 578 0030 fax 07 571 1116 email ads@thesun.co.nz No.1 The Strand, PO Box 240, Tauranga 3140 www.sunlive.co.nz Tauranga art and motoring lovers are in for a treat during the next week with a display of the first New Zealand BMW Art Cars. Emerging Auckland artist Shane Hansen is following in the footsteps of top artists such as Andy Warhol, David Hockney and Jeff Koons – who have previously used BMWs as a canvas for their work. Coombes Johnston BMW marketing manager Karen McNally says the two cars, which have been adorned with artworks of the Tui and Kotuku as part of Shane’s ‘Native Aotearoa’ collection, had already attracted strong interest on their national tour and she expected the same in Tauranga. “We are just thrilled that the cars are going beyond Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch – and the response we had last week when they arrived in Hamilton was fantastic,” says Karen. It is the first time BMW Group New Zealand has taken part in the long-standing BMW Art Cars tradition. Managing director Nina Englert says Shane’s support of Forest and Bird aligned with BMW’s commitment to the environment,

Shane Hansen’s Tui detail painted on the MP3 Pure Coupe. as the world’s most sustainable automotive manufacturer. Shane’s artwork aims to personify the character of his cars – an M3 Pure and X5 Performance Edition – as the two native birds. “If the Tui was a car, the M3 Pure Coupe is what he would be, as this car exudes attitude, just like our native, with the aggressive front headlights and signature BMW kidney grill, reminiscent of the Tui’s fierce glare and strong, chiselled beak,” says Shane. “The Tui is the ‘Top Gun’ of the avian world, with incredible acceleration and dynamic handling and is engineered to excel in his environment. The M3 Pure Coupe was the obvious choice to represent this iconic New Zealand Native.” The collection, along with prints of the original artworks that inspired Shane’s designs, is on show at Coombes Johnston Tauranga until June 27. The free-entry exhibition is open to anyone interested. By Hamish Carter

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Tauranga’s Mike Torr was second overall in the Ohauiti Rd Tarmac Hillclimb event. Photo by Jason Byrne www.alittlebitsideways.co.nz

It was not a great day for a Sunday drive, but Mike Torr is not your typical Sunday driver. After taking a few years off from rallying, the Tauranga driver returned to motorsport two years ago, focussing on hill climb and motorkhana events. But even last Sunday’s torrential downpour did not put him off competing in the Ohauiti Rd Tarmac Hillclimb event. “The weather was definitely the challenge,” says Mike, who came second-place overall in his Subaru Impreza WRX, recording a best time of 42.59, ahead of highly acclaimed Tauranga drivers Ben Thomasen

(fourth-place with 44.44) and Phil Campbell (fifth-place with 45.12). “There was lack of grip in the road and challenges seeing with all the rain,” says Mike, who described his strategy as driving to the conditions and avoiding condensation. Mike says the result was his best in a Motorsport Bay of Plenty-run event and, after competing in some of the national hillclimb championship events over the last two years, he plans to compete in the full series next season. The Ohauiti Rd event was won by Pukekohe Car Club’s Matthew Buer who had a best time of 41.72. By Hamish Carter

Tauranga drifters on track After a drawn-out national drifting series – Tauranga drifting couple Jodie Verhulst and Drew Donovan are hoping to repeat their podium finishes they both achieved at the last round. Jodie, who is in third place in the Pro-Am series, is determined to hold on to her series placing with another podium finish. “Both Drew and I are feeling really confident going into the event at Taupo which is our home track. We both want to build on Christchurch with another podium [finish]. We believe it’s more than within our reach.” Jodie, who has racked up 366 points in the series, says along with having fun on the track her big goal at Taupo was to beat series leader Darren Kelly on the day – who has 427 points, ahead of Matt Lauder on 394. After a successful series, Jodie has decided to push herself and join partner Drew in the premiere D1NZ Championships series, which kicks off the next season in October. “Moving up to the pro class will be a huge, big step – but it’s good to push yourself.”

Drew says they have both been practising regularly in Taupo. And, together with some work on his car, he hopes the practice and added speed will be enough for him to finish strongly and make the top eight in the series. After competing well in the World Drift Series event in Tianjin, China, recently – Tauranga drifter Cole Armstrong is returning from his temporary base in Perth for the event. Cole’s manager Mary Brown says he was determined to put up a good challenge to the other drift drivers, despite being out of contention for the series championship by missing the fifth round in Christchurch in March. “It’s just to enjoy the last event of the season and to put on a great show for his many fans and supporters,” says Mary. The two-day final this weekend includes practice for both D1 and Pro-Am categories on Saturday morning, before Pro-Am qualifying and first battles that afternoon. Sunday brings D1NZ qualifying, the final Pro-Am battles, and then the final D1 battles of the season in the afternoon. By Hamish Carter

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Dodge Journey test drive. By Brian “Slim” Rogers

The Magnificent Seven ride again If the Magnificent Seven were riding into Dodge this century, it wouldn’t be on horseback. They’d hitch a ride in one of these… The gang of seven was getting restless. Ma, Pa, the four chillins, grandma – and the odd critter – weren’t travelling so swell in the old wagon. Thems were scrappin’ worse than a brace of flea-bitten bobcats in a burlap sack. What they needed was some new wheels. Something with a heapin’ helpin’ of horsepower, space and loads of these swanky gizmos that the city folk speak of. Above all, enough seats for the whole gang. It ain’t easy trying to hit the trail with The Magnificent Seven in one wagon! There was nothing else for it. The gang saddled up and headed for Farmer Autovillage. Well Farmer, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge that is! Word had spread among the villagers that the Sheriff had lassoed a herd of them newfangled Dodge Journeys. It’s said that the new beast brings more highfalutin gadgets, tucked away, than the local preacher’s had confessions. At high noon, the gang rode out of Dodge. On a Journey. A journey of discovery of the wonders of the modern automobile.

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Such as fine leather seats, all seven of ’em. You wouldn’t know it, looking at it. Talk about a wolf in wolf ’s clothing! You could call it a people mover, ‘cos it sure does that. But it don’t look like one. Seven in comfort is no mean feat. Yet, it’s got that sporty, spunky crossover style, performance and lines. A bit like seeing Elsie-May in her church dress, but knowing how she really looks, in that tight, little cheerleader number. The Journey has the looks. Some of these people movers look like they been whacked with several ugly sticks. Not our Dodge. It

cuts a swell figure. The sporty, chiselled profile Grandma, watchin’ re-runs of ‘Gunsmoke’ of John Wayne’s jaw, the jewelled wrap-around on the overhead centre television screen, darn headlamps, and, Johnny Cash would love this near lost her false teeth - both of ’em - as the … the “ring of fire” LED tail lamps. BodyJourney came to a sudden but oh-so-concoloured heated mirrors and sculpted fender trolled halt. flares sit atop 17 or 19 inch alloy wheels. Up Pretty handy if you need to dodge them front is the notorious signature crosshair grille. varmints on the back road up Pyes Pa. But Pa had something else in his crosshairs: A Not to worry if had been an emergency. The tight herd of horses under that bonnet. The Dodge Journey’s saddled up with standard 3.6 litre V6 gasoline engine, churning out 342 safety features, including driver and frontNM of torque, passenger air bags, was enough to and side-curtain air cause a bloke to bags to protect all hold onto his hat three rows – plus and Ma to let ABS, Electronic out one of those Stability Control little squeals you with Brake Assist, Dodge Journey R/T usually only hear All-Speed TracEngine Type: 3.6 litre Pentastar V6 engine when she stumtion Control and Engine Displacement: 3600cc, bles on a coon in Electronic Roll 206 kw @ 6350 rpm the outhouse. Mitigation. Phew. Transmission: 6-speed automatic This V6 is not Out on the highMax Torque: 342 Nm at 1750 rpm for the yellowway, the Journey Safety: 5 airbags, active head restraints (front seats), was powerful and bellied hombre. electronic stability control, ABS, security alarm, It can turn from smooth. The ride, key-theft deterrent engine immobiliser. placid as a prairie Pa said, was the Price: from $39,990 for SXT model, butterfly to smoothest he’d from $48,490 for R/T venomous as a cut ever known, except Contact: Farmer Auto Village, 07 578 6017. snake, with just a maybe that time tap from the toe. with Mary-Lou When Pa on the hay wagon, unleashed the after chewing the beast on the road out of the village, you strange weed growing out the back of Uncle should have seen the grimace on grandma’s Cletus’ barn. face. Then it turned to a wry smile and darn Grandma reckons it’s the best cornering she’s it, if she didn’t demand a drive herself. seen since the railway came to town. The ride was so quiet, even with Pa gunning it past the slow-coach lane, you could still hear Hold on, grandma his pocket watch ticking away. Pa shut up her good and proper though, when coming to one of those red lights – and being a god-fearin’ man and a proper lawMod cons abiding citizen, stomped his boot on the big The chillins had a great ride, with all the middle pedal. That’s when the gang found out mod cons. While grandma, who usually about the anti-lock ABS brakes – stopping the complains about bein’ colder than a witch’s tit wagon faster than a skunk full of buckshot. in a brass bra in winter, was distracted getting

cozied down with the three-zone automatic climate control, giving separate comfort control to each row of seats separately; while the offspring easily worked out how to play movies on the drop down screen. A family could go a long way in a wagon load of comfort with all these features.

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Pa soon enveloped hisself in his own world of comfort, with a powered six-way adjustable driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, and a CD/DVD/ MP3 radio with 8.4” touch screen. He found his trigger finger a pokin’ and a proddin’ to dial up all kinda stuff, like fuel economy (not bad at 10.4litre/100km average), and all on a real big screen the size of the barn door, you couldn’t miss it. Ma found it easy to connect up her portable gramophone via the blue tooth and she had the whole gang talking on the wireless faster than you could pin a tail on a beaver. Young Slim Jnr was all over the roof rack like a rash. The black-moulded rails, complete with graduated markings and potential for a huge range of accessories, Slim Jnr pondered briefly if he could hog tie grandma on there. Then he decided the yellin’ wasn’t worth the trouble and went back to exploring all the stow-away compartments inside the cabin. There’s a place for everything, including hidden compartments with liners and fold flat seats, for when you are really serious about hauling cargo. The rear headrests automatically flip down to stow-away, when the seats are lowered. Overall, the Dodge shapes up as a darn smooth operator – whether you’re rustling around town or tripping inter-state. At least three of those would have to be states of style, comfort and safety. Take a ride to Dodge, for a Journey of discovery for yourself.


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Alvis revival ahead Growing up in Greytown, Rob Edwards could always tell when the Alvis was coming.

“It had its own cackle. It had a sound of its own and you could tell when it was coming – and I would run out to the street to see it drive by.” Rob, who now lives in Maungatapu, was enamoured with the British cars for their “shape, the style, and the look”, which made a major impression on him in contrast to the

other plain cars on the road in the post-war era. The road was filled with Model As and Ts, DeSotos, Plymouths and Dodges from the 1930s, with farmers being the only ones who could get new cars. The Alvis had captured his imagination, but the budget for Rob’s first car as a 15-year-old only stretched to a 1934 Hillman 10

– which he jokingly describes as “really power1934 Hillman 10 ful”. In the two years he owned the 10, he remembers only ever passing another car once which had a sign saying ‘Please pass – driving in’. Years later in the 1980s, he started looking for a classic or vintage car – and he began scouring for an Alvis. “That car always stuck in my mind and I found a [1952) Alvis I could get for about $2000. It was running but it needed to be registered, and [required] some other work.” So began his passion for British classic cars, which has seen him own four Alvis’, a 1976 XJC Jaguar and two Triumphs over the years. “You are always putting a lot of time and money into any classic cars, it’s certainly a pit.”

The last Alvis’ were made in 1967, and the limited number in New Zealand makes them tough to get hold of, with most sold through word of mouth. “I had wanted to get a convertible but you never see them advertised. But I mentioned it to another club member, that if he ever wanted to sell his convertible to let me know and a few years later he gave me a call.” Rob has never been one for driving “runabout” cars, saying he prefers to go for quality. These days, the active member of four classic and vintage car clubs, splits his driving between two Alvis convertibles – a 1953 3L drophead coupe and a 1965 TE 21 Parkward body drophead convertible, along with his everyday XF Jaguar. Together with the four other Alvis owners in Tauranga, he is helping organise the national Alvis convention here next April, which is expected to attract about 30 classic cars to the area. By Hamish Carter

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‘Denise’ is halfway to Paris Uncharted Gobi Desert roads, 46 degree Celsius temperatures, huge mosquitoes and a broken windshield have been among challenges the Western Bay of Plenty’s Peking to Paris rally team has battled so far. Mount Maunganui builder and entrepreneur Steve Partridge and businessman Corgi La Grouw have passed the halfway point of the 33-day rally and are sticking with their mentality that ‘slow and steady wins the race’. “We don’t plan on going any faster than we have because we want to get to the finish,” writes Corgi on a daily blog the pair has been updating online for family and friends to follow. “Our approach is to be consistent and those that want to break the speed record

decide their own fate.” The rally, which began on May 28, has had cars dropping out from day one. So Steve and Corgi’s ‘tortoise and the hare’ mentality might yet pay off as they race along in their 1958 Morris Oxford called ‘Denise’. The journey got off smoothly for the pair, as the only maintenance Denise required was a little oil and wash, which cost $10 Yuan (roughly $2NZ) as they approached the Mongolian border. The city of Erenhot brought views of windpowered windmills and life-size dinosaurs. But Corgi says the team is focused on the job. “There is no time for sightseeing, as it requires both sets of eyes on the road. We are getting on well together, which is really apparent when you are locked up in a car together for 20 hours at a time.” Once the team entered the Gobi Desert stages of the race, the roads went from tarmac to dirt – to not markings at all.

“The Gobi is not just off-road, there are no roads. It’s completely dependent on GPS.” Day 13 brought the biggest challenge for the pair when their windscreen shattered on the way to Novosibirsk, Russia’s third largest city. A stone flicked up from a car, they were attempting to pass, and they had to pull over to remove fragments of glass – made tougher when the pair were attacked by a swamp of huge mosquitoes. After donning goggles for the remainder of the stage, they arrived in Novosibirsk with the tough task of replacing a windscreen on a car made more than 50 years ago. Luckily, Day 14 was a layover day, so the team got stuck into buying Perspex to use as a quick fix. “We had to cut and fit the plastic screen into the existing rubbers; and seal and waterproof the unit temporarily. In New Zealand, we would have zipped down to Bunnings and had the job done quick

smart. But because of the language barrier and misinterpretations, it was arduous.” Denise has also had issues with contaminated fuel. But the pair will be hoping for no further problems, as they have now crossed the halfway mark of the 12,247km race. Sadly, the rally has had a sombre moment, after three people were killed in a collision. A female racer, driving her 1970 Chevrolet with her partner, died after crashing into another car carrying a man and baby. Her partner escaped with minor injuries. The tragedy delayed racing, and competitors had the remainder of the day to get to the next checkpoint without time constrictions. Ukraine, Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland, and finally, France await racers as the rally finishes on June 29. Follow their journey at: www.pekingtoparis2013.co.nz By Cameron Russell


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