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Simon Evans to join V8 Supercars with Super Black Racing

21 February, 2015

Super Black Racing, New Zealand’s only V8 Supercar team, has gained another driver — Simon Evans, the talented BNT NZ SuperTourer racer. Evans will soon be getting behind the wheel of another Ford Falcon, this time as part of the V8 Dunlop Development Series in Australia.

With his recent success in the local SuperTourers series, the Dunlop Development Series is the next logical step for Evans, and one he is looking forward to.

“Representing Super Black Racing as the only New Zealand team in the V8 Supercars at the moment just makes it even more exciting. It’s great to have their support, as it can be really hard for drivers to break out of New Zealand,” Evans says.

It’s not going to be a walk in the park for him, though; this will be his first time racing in Australia, other than racing kart. Evans will face the added challenge of having to learn each and every track during the allocated practice sessions.

For Super Black Racing, the opportunity to help Evans was one they couldn’t ignore.

“The [Super Black Racing] team was started to help New Zealand drivers break into different levels of motorsport, so when this became a possibility, we had to make it happen,” said Tony Lentino, Super Black Racing team owner.

Both the team and Simon Evans will be waiting for the big day of February 26, the Clipsal 500 held in Adelaide, heralding the official start of both the 2015 V8 Supercars season and the Dunlop Development Series.

Penny’s Pagoda – Mercedes Benz 230 SL

We scouted out a few different locations for photographing this car, but they all had one thing in common. At every stop, people could not help but come up and compliment owner Penny Webster on her stunning Horizon Blue Mercedes 230 SL.
There’s something about the ‘Pagoda’ Mercedes — so-called because the distinctive dipping curve of its roofline echoes that of the famous Eastern tiered temples — that encourages people to speak up.
Many classic cars attract a second look, but in most cases people keep their thoughts to themselves. It was striking how many people felt the need to express the warmth of their feelings about this car.
The expansive glass cockpit, the friendly, subtle lines, and its simple three-box shape seem to encourage openness among passers-by.

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.