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Fiat Club Nationals update - not long to go now!
The base for the weekend will be the Taupo Events Centre http://taupovenues.co.nz/tec/home/ . The plan is to meet and register at the Events Centre from late morning on Sat (I will be there with the Fiat Club van from 11am). As you register we will park up for a “Pride of Ownership” display until departing mid afternoon for the mystery trial around Taupo. I had booked for 30 people for Saturday nights dinner and it looks like we have (surprisingly) hit that number. I will be in touch with those people this week to confirm. We have a set menu to enable prior payment, and BYO wine.
Sunday morning (not to early though!) we will hold a Gymkhana at the events centre.
In an effort to keep costs low there is no registration cost for the event, however the Trial will be $10 per CAR, while the Gymkhana will be $10 per ENTRANT.
We will also have the BBQ running on both days.
If anyone has any questions you can call me (Derek) on 07 8296000, or 021 921151.
October 28th, 2011
It’s been a few years, but we think the time has come to revisit “The Nationals”!
The loose plan at the moment is a show’n’shine on Saturday followed by a fun run or trial, then dinner on Saturday night. Sunday will likely be a Gymkhana.
A number of members have already commited to the weekend and will be making a group booking for accomodation soon. Contact a commitee member if you’re keen.
We would love to see some of the many old Fiats tucked away in garages come out for this social event, so how about it?
Accommodation available at De Bretts or other motels in Taupo if you can’t find what you want at De Bretts.
Dinner has 30 places booked at Portofinos, let them know if you want to secure one of those places.
Date is 19 and 20 November 2011.
More details from Derek Batchelor, Mal Simmonds or Stacey James or [email protected]
September 30th, 2011
Hi - finally,
I have results! Through a few issues that didn’t change any of the positions, but did have our poor timer hassled by me when all the transponders that we had used had just been stolen from his father’s car, I have finally got all the possible times together and into the results spreadsheet.
What a great day at the track. 73 entrants paid their money and generally turned up. One of two of us had difficulties during the day, mine appeared to be very public as I checked out the ability of the sand trap to slow progress after it transpired that having the brake pedal go all the way to the floor doesn’t actually slow the car. Having a car catch fire on the start line was certainly dramatic, our scrutineering venue provider found that a bent push rod isn’t ideal, but is fixable on the day, and unfortunately for Howard Oates, he had his second DNF in a row when the blue PBFOOT 124CC again appears to want to allow pressure to escape from areas that it shouldn’t.
But those were the disappointments.
There were a heap of highlights, lots of cars ripping up the tarmac on an extremely interesting track. We had variety to die for, everything from Starlets to Commodores, 998cc to 5700cc, normally aspirated carburettor fed engines with points and plugs through to real life playstation clones that need computers and electronic geniuses to make them work, everyday drivers through to the purpose built Group N replica Toyota Corolla AE86 of Steve Wilcock. (I could listen to that all day, a glorious sound of a proper race engine). What was the common denominator? Smiles! Miles and miles of smiles.
The fact that it was Fathers’ Day didn’t detract from the fun, in fact it was probably a help, fathers should be able to do what they want on Fathers’ Day, and many of us did. Not too many father and child combinations running, but one which was demonstrated all that is wrong with modern youth, Mark Warren had the audacity to beat his father Andrew - on Fathers’ Day. Come on Mark, what’s that about, show some respect for your elders and let us win on our day. Oh, that’s right, you beat everyone didn’t you. Well done to a young man who no-one really noticed going so fast during the day.
September 15th, 2011
Well, that is Hiwi Road done and dusted for another year. Despite threatening weather all day, and a couple of showers, everyone managed a dry run at some stage.
As usual for this venue a comprehensive drivers’ briefing was given, and the new competitors had that reinforced in their separate briefing. A total of 39 competitors showed up and by the designated time all had been dealt with administratively. With no scrutineering issues to resolve we had an eager group waiting for the road closure to come into place, and right on 10:00am the first car left the line for practice. We have noticed that the use of the Minis Waikato starting light system certainly speeds things up, and everyone was great at getting to the right place in the queue at the right time.
Practice proved to be exactly that with no dramas and no heroics. Then to the real battle, and times dropped immediately despite showers. As the day went on this pattern repeated in most cases. We did have a few minor glitches with a couple of the super reliable Japanese cars giving problems, and only one of the Fiats!
At drivers’ briefing we had warned that anyone who went through the fence near Ranstead Road would not only have to pay for the repairs, but would also have togo and tell the farmer. This obviously worked as even though Kevin Smith managed to park his Subaru Impreza WRX somewhat carelessly against a couple of bits of countryside and then gravel rashed the roof fairly badly, he kept it between the fences and didn’t need to take the long walk to inform the land owner of any damage. Kevin is okay, wounded pride and broken car the real damage.We were again thankful for having our paramedic on duty and Trish dealt with the situation cooly and calmly as always.
We had a bunch of winners on the day, Class A was again taken out by Russell Jenkins in his Suzuki Swift with a best time of 1:01.60, Class B was won by James Post in his Honda Civic with a time of 0:58.33, Class C was led home by Simon Rollinson in his Renault Clio RS at 0:56.11 and first in Class D, and overall, was Ben Finch in his Subaru Impreza at 0:53.54. Our fastest lady was Julie Mitchell with a time of 1:06.92, and fastest Junior was Brad Martin with a best time of 1:03.16.
All in all, a great day out in the country playing with our toys. Remember that the next round is the Dual Car Sprints at Hampton Downs on Sunday 4th September.
FIAT CLUB WAIKATO TARMAC SERIES
August 14th, 2011
Our Bent Sprint on Hiwi Road isn’t far away. Attached are a couple of variations on the Entry Form, one with Fill In and Drop Down fields, the other a pdf for printing off, filling in and sending back.
Remember that Entries at the normal cost close at 5:00pm, Friday August 5th, and we need 30 entries to run. Get in fast to make sure we run this event.
August 1st, 2011
Well, as I noted recently Round 1 is done and dusted, time to get on with Round 2. This is an Autocross at the same venue as the motorkhana, and on the same surface. This certainly proved to be a great surface to play on, did everyone notice the lack of tyre smoke?
Attached are a variety of bits of electronic paper, including an Entry Form with drop down fields. You need Microsoft Word for this one. If you prefer to print an entry form and fill it in then use the pdf Entry Form. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader, available everywhere on the net. There are also the regulations attached.
If you have entered the whole series you don’t need to do anything, just turn up on the day and sign the separate Indemnity. Similarly if you entered a couple of events, turn up and let us know you are there so we can get our end of the documentation right.
Looking forward to seeing lots of you,
FIAT CLUB WAIKATO TARMAC SERIES
June 20th, 2011
Well, the first event of the new series is done and dusted. It was great to be using a venue that is designed for motorsport. No worries about neighbours, no worries about damaging the surface because it is designed to be skidded on, no worries about distracting passing traffic because we were far enough away to not cause those problems. Having a motorsport friendly venue with great staff made everyone’s life easy, so we could all just play and enjoy ourselves - all 55 of us.
What a great variety of vehicles we had too. James Watson turned up in what is a pretty unique little car, a Suzuki Works RS, 550cc, twin cam, turbocharged and 4WD! At the other end of the engine size scale we had a Mk 1 Cortina with a 5 litre V8, unfortunately it didn’t complete the day. For standard cars it was great to have Ian Munnings from the Alfa Romeo Owners Club come and play in his bog standard 147, and we also had interesting devices such as Susan Hall’s Renault 5 Turbo and Simon Rollinson’s Renault Clio. To top it all off we had the spectacular Porsche 911 of Oscar Stevens, thrown around with gay abandon, and his son Greg was equally as spectacular. On the day Dad just beat son by about 0.3 of a point!
As for winners, well everyone that turned up obviously, but Christo Strydom in his MR2 won the day and Class B, Paul Crispe in Dad’s Mini 1275GT was 2nd overall and won Class A, Gavin Williams in a Nissan Pulsar was 4th overall won Class C and Philip Brennan in a Subaru Impreza WRX was 10th overall and won Class D. Fastest Junior was JJ Strydom, who had changed to Dad’s MR2 after he broke his Corolla, coming 15th overall, and fastest lady was Susan Hall at 30th overall. Fastest Fiat on the day was Blair Wald at 21st in his Uno Turbo. A total of 6 Fiats ran, 7 if we include the Alfa as one of the Fiat Group.
Thanks to everyone for taking part, see you all on July 10th at the same venue for the autocross. Remember to follow us on Facebook (Group Fiat Club Waikato)
June 12th, 2011
Time again for our Te Mata Sprint on Ruapuke Road. Attached are the regulations, and entry form for you. Please enter as early as possible so that we can confirm we are going ahead. We need 20 entries to break even.
February 15th, 2011
MotorSport Bay of Plenty (MBOP) are running sprints at Taupo next Sunday 6 February and still have places available. They have a pretty competent team running the event including our Ian Robertson as Clerk of the Course. Go to their website at http://www.mbop.org.nz/ and enter directly from there for $120. The setup will be pretty similar to what we normally run with practice and timed runs, with times available throughout the day.
January 30th, 2011
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 10 February 2011, commencing at 7:30pm. It will be held at the Hamilton Car Club Rooms, Vaile Road, Newstead, Hamilton.
All members are encouraged to attend to help set the future of the Club, and help commence planning for the 50 year celebration in 2014.
One topic of General Business is likely to be the possible reintroduction of a Nationals Event. We need as much varied input as possible for this type of discussion.
January 24th, 2011
The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011