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New name for BNT V8 SuperTourers

8 September, 2014


The series formerly known as ‘BNT V8 SuperTourers’ has been officially rebranded as ‘BNT NZ SuperTourers’.

“The series needed a much stronger identity so we are very pleased with the new look and feel,” says CEO Ray Noonan.

Though the name change has raised concerns that the series plans to move away from V8 engines, the team behind NZ SuperTourers has been quick to assure fans that this is not the case. While the V8s are undeniably the car of choice for the New Zealand racing industry, NZ SuperTourer cars are built to take any engine and showcase the best of New Zealand’s considerable driving talent — hence the new name.

The rebranding announcement comes just three weeks before the new series begins with the Rush Security Taupo 400, featuring racing icons Greg Murphy and Shane van Gisbergen alongside New Zealand Champions Angus Fogg, John McIntyre and Paul Manuell.

This BNT NZ SuperTourers series covers six iconic New Zealand tracks, commencing at Taupo Motorsport Park, moving to Hampton Downs, Pukekohe, Manfield, Timaru and Ruapuna.

Becoming fond of Fords part two – happy times with Escorts

In part one of this Ford-flavoured trip down memory lane I recalled a sad and instructive episode when I learned my shortcomings as a car tuner, something that tainted my appreciation of Mk2 Ford Escort vans in particular. Prior to that I had a couple of other Ford entanglements of slightly more redeeming merit. There were two Mk1 Escorts I had got my hands on: a 1972 1300 XL belonging to my father and a later, end-of-line, English-assembled 1974 1100, which my partner and I bought from Panmure Motors Ford in Auckland in 1980. Both those cars were the high water mark of my relationship with the Ford Motor Co. I liked the Mk1 Escorts. They were nice, nippy, small cars, particularly the 1300, which handled really well, and had a very precise gearbox for the time.
Images of Jim Richards in the Carney Racing Williment-built Twin Cam Escort and Paul Fahey in the Alan Mann–built Escort FVA often loomed in my imagination when I was driving these Mk1 Escorts — not that I was under any illusion of comparable driving skills, but they had to be having just as much fun as I was steering the basic versions of these projectiles.

Fear and loathing the blue oval – part one

The slogan went something like ‘There’s a Ford in your future’. ‘Bugger off!’ were always the words that sprung to my mind. Ford and I have never really got on in the manner of many of my friends, so I’d say my relationship to the brand was distant. The accelerating blur of passing time has helpfully blanketed memories of a few Ford encounters which I probably wanted to forget but I have to admit, now I look at them, they are re-appearing through the mists of time. What comes to mind more readily, to quote some uncharitable wit, is that the letters Ford could stand for ‘fix or repair daily’. Still, I have to ’fess up, there were several Fords in my past.