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Super Black Racing ready to take on V8 Supercars

21 January, 2015

Super Black Racing — the only New Zealand-based V8 Supercars team — has teamed up with Prodrive Racing Australia (PRA) heading into the 2015 V8 Supercars Championship, with the team’s debut at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, held between February 26 and March 1, 2015.

Following their successful debut at last year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, with support from PRA, the decision to continue with PRA’s technical support and services was a no-brainer.

The Wellsford-based team has recently signed 19-year-old Andre Heimgartner to race their PRA Ford Falcon in the 2015 season. At 19, he is one of the youngest ever drivers to race in V8 Supercars.

“I just can’t wait to start racing! The team at PRA are amazing to work with and I’m sure I’ll soak up a lot of information from them, which will be a huge help for us,” he said of the opportunity.  

Australian fans, as well as PRA, have displayed positive reactions towards Super Black Racing. Team owner Tony Lentino says, “We have been blown away from the amount of support we’ve received from all around the world, including our Australian fans … although we are convinced that the friendly New Zealand/Australia banter will be greater than ever.”

To highlight just how serious they are, Super Black Racing has also enlisted the support of legendary racing star Paul Radisich as team principal. Radisich has extensive experience behind the wheel, including winning the Touring Car World Cup in 1993 and 1994.

“I know my V8 experience can and will be put to the best use,” he says of being team principal.

With a New Zealand team to get behind, the 2015 V8 Supercars season is already set to be a good one, and it hasn’t even started.

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
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Super Leicht Gullwing

It’s fair to say that nothing much in the classic Mercedes world gets past Mercedes-Benz Club stalwart Garry Boyce so it wasn’t surprising to learn that around 15 years ago he had sniffed out an extremely rare 300SL lightweight Gullwing as well as a 1958 300SL Roadster hiding away in the Waikato. The cars were not for sale but Garry eventually managed to persuade the owner to allow him and his restoration team to take a look at the Roadster. They discovered a very distressed but largely unmolested car. The car was so original that the body had never been off the chassis, meaning most of the parts and fittings were still present and correct, as they had been fitted by the factory.