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Speculation surrounding John Force sponsor peaks

3 November, 2014

Speculation and anticipation surrounding the sponsorship of one of the world’s most well-known drag racers, John Force, has now been put to rest. John Force Racing (JFR) and Peak have announced a new agreement that sees Peak Antifreeze and Coolant and BlueDEF brands coming on board as primary sponsor for John Force during the 2015 NHRA season and beyond. This follows reports earlier this year that Force’s existing primary sponsors, Ford and Castrol would both be cutting back at the end of the 2014 NHRA season.

John Force Racing will be sponsored by Peak Antifreeze and Coolant for the 2015 NHRA season

The new agreement sees the brands as the primary sponsor of John Force’s Funny Car for the majority of the 2015 season, as well as continuing as a major associate sponsor on team members Robert Hight, Courtney Force, and Brittany Force’s cars.

“I’m committed to continuing to lead a championship team and Peak has proven a similar commitment to the NHRA. Thanks to Peak Antifreeze and Coolant, I won’t be hanging up my hat from this sport anytime soon,” said 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force.

The crowd checks out the new-look Peak Antifreeze and Coolant–sponsored Funny Car

Old World Industries includes the Peak Antifreeze and Coolant and BlueDEF brands, and its chief marketing officer, Bryan Emrich, says the company is honoured to be behind John Force and JFR for the 2015 season and into the future.

“Peak chooses partners that exude the same passion and personal character of hard work that our company upholds. After working with John over the past year, it was clear that he and his family are a great fit for our company, allowing us to make the decision to step up and ensure John keeps racing for many more years to come. He is an icon in this sport and a fan favourite, and we are lucky to be tied with such a great championship-winning organization.”

Motorsport Flashback – Kiwi rallying in the 1970s

Rallying arrived in New Zealand in 1973 like a tsunami. It had been only a few years since the sport was introduced here and shortly afterwards Heatway came on board as the sponsor to take rallying to a new level. The 1973 Heatway would be the longest and biggest yet, running in both islands with 120 drivers over eight days and covering some 5400 kilometres. The winner was 31-year-old Hannu Mikkola — a genuine Flying Finn who had been rallying since 1963 before putting any thoughts of a career on hold until he completed an economics degree. The likeable Finn became an instant hero to many attracted to this new motor sport thing. I was one of them.

Think of it as a four-door Cooper

New Zealand Mini Owners Club coordinator Josh Kelly of Dunedin loves his Minis. It’s a family affair. Julie and Mike, Josh’s mum and dad, are just as keen, and they can usually all be found taking part in the club’s annual ‘Goodbye, Pork Pie’ charity run from the North of the country to the South.
But lately Josh’s young head has been turned by some other revolutionary BMC cars. He has picked up a couple of Austin and Morris 1100 and 1300s, which he started to restore — that was until an opportunity arose to buy a rare example stored in a shed.