Classic SpeedFest set to impress in the new year

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Raymond Hart, of Timaru, at the last Classic SpeedFest in his Ford GT40. Photo: Ron Veint

TERETONGA Park, near Invercargill, and the Southland Sports Car Club (SSCC) are gearing up for one of their biggest events of the 2020/2021 motor racing season, the Mobil 1 Classic SpeedFest 2021.

A popular fixture on the Teretonga Park calendar for more than 25 years, SpeedFest 2021 would take place from February 19-21, and would feature historic touring cars, formula junior and invited cars, vintage racing cars, classic saloons, sports cars, racing cars and Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloons.

The classes would cover many eras of motorsport, with the Historic Touring Car class featuring cars from the pinnacle of the British Touring Car Championship in the 1990s and New Zealand Touring Car racing.

Formula Junior proved popular on past visits with classic marquees such as Cooper, Lotus, Brabham, Lola and the like on the grid, while the other classes never failed to bring forth rare and exotic machinery which were still raced vigorously on the circuit.

Classic SpeedFest also offered the public a chance to spend time in the pits chatting to the owners of the cars in what would be a celebration of motor racing.

SSCC race committee chairman Bevan Gerrard said: “Classic SpeedFest is always one of our most popular and well-supported events and with the line-up we have this year the racing would be as good as ever.”

Tickets to the event would be available in the new year.

  • Lindsay Beer is the Southland Sports Car Club promotions officer
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