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Kiwi F5000s heading to Laguna Seca

17 June, 2015

A contingent of 12 Kiwi F5000 racers will be heading abroad to represent New Zealand at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion meeting at the infamous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in California.

The event takes place between August 13–16, and is a celebration of classic cars and motoring history. The F5000 division will include racers from the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, who will compete at the pre-reunion race meeting at Laguna Seca.

“It’s a big deal, alright,” says the president of the New Zealand Formula 5000 Association, Roger Williams. “Monterey is one of the three big historic race meetings they have in the States each year, but the last time the Formula 5000s ran there [Laguna Seca] as an SCCA category was in 1976.”  

The Jowett Jupiter turns 70

John Ball has always enjoyed tinkering with old boats and cars. He’s old enough to think having gearbox parts on newspaper on the floor of his bedroom, while the relevant car sat waiting on nail boxes, was a normal part of growing up. His passion has always tended towards old British bangers. He reckons he’s fortunate not to have got caught up in the American muscle scene.
John’s love affair with this Jupiter started in December 2015 when, with some time on his hands during a Christchurch trip, he searched online for ‘cars, before 1970 and in Christchurch’.

A passion for classics and customs

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