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Old 26 Nov 2010, 10:27 (Ref:2796015)   #16
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Thanks for the excellent report. I tried to buy the issue of Auto Action featuring this race and several other issues featuring NZ races from 1986 off Ebay recently, but was outbid on all of them! Amazing how much some of the issues went for - one featuring a track test of Peter Brocks Commodore VK went for $26.

I'll add the results of Rd's 2 and 3 now that I have had a chance to check the two magazine reports I have.

Rd 2: Baypark. Duration 3 hours.
POLEGraeme Crosby/Wayne WilkinsonHolden Commodore VK 
1stAllan Grice/Kent BaigentNissan Skyline Turbo169 laps
2ndTrevor CroweBMW 635CSI167 laps
3rdBruce Anderson/Wayne AndersonFord Mustang GT165 laps
4thEd LamontBMW 325i164 laps
5thGraham Lorimer/Tony LawrenceBMW 635CSI161 laps
6thCharlie O'Brien/Glenn McIntyreBMW 635CSI161 laps
7thDave BarrowToyota Corolla GT160 laps

I have a brief report on this race in Autosport, Dec 11, 1986.
This was a race of attrition, with the pole-sitting Crosby/Wilkinson Commodore blowing an engine, the Francevic Sierra retiring with turbo troubles, the Hulme BMW suffering a blown gearbox and the Andersson Volvo suffering an "internal disorder".
The Skyline was in only its fourth race start, and set the pace throughout to win by four laps. The Nissan NZ team had started to find the some reliability and pace from the car dispite a trouble debut at Bathurst a few weeks earlier.
It sounds like this was not the most exciting of races, with Crowe also having a largely untroubled run to finish second. Crowe did have to stop to replace a badly worn tyre five minutes from the finish, but second was safe.
The Andersons had their second good run in the space of a month at Baypark to finish third in the Pinepac Mustang.
The ex-Johnson Mustang of Ker and Huxford suffered brake problems and joined the retirement list however.
Class winners were Ed Lamont (1601-2500cc class) and Dave Barrow (0-1600cc).
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Old 26 Nov 2010, 10:43 (Ref:2796023)   #17
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Round 3: Pukekohe. 29 Starters.

Pos.#DriversCarLapsGRID
17Charlie O'Brien/Glenn McIntyreBMW 635CSI1514
217Robbie Ker/Wayne HuxfordFord Mustang GT1517
3 Graham Lorimer/Toy LawrenceBMW 635CSI148 
4 Ed LamontBMW 325i146 
5 Bryan BateToyota Corolla GT146 
6 Bruce FowlerToyota Corolla GT143 
7 Rupert GardinerToyota Corolla GT139 
8 Andrew BagnellToyota Corolla GT137 
9 Jim ClarkFord Escort RS1600i133 
105Graeme Bowkett/Allan GriceNissan Skyline DR30 Turbo1302
DNF6Grame Crosby/Wayne WilkinsonHolden Commodore VK241
DNF1Robbie FrancevicFord Sierra XR4Ti 3
DNF31Trevor CroweBMW 635CSI 6
DNF3Trevor McLean/Rod DownsHolden Commodore VK 8
DNF33Bruce Anderson/Wayne AndersonFord Mustang GT  
DNF4Per-Gunnar Andersson/Gary CroftVolvo 240 Turbo 5
DNF25Denis HulmeBMW 325i  
  Dave BarrowToyota Corolla GT  

The results for this race and the report details are from Racing Car News, February 1987.

This was yet another race of attrition. The Crosby Commdore continued its dominence of qualifying in the series, with Grice putting the Skyline in second and Francevic in third. Charlie O'Brien had sort the rocker problem that kept him down the order at Baypark and qualified fourth.

In the race itself, the Skyline took the lead from the start and held it for the first hour until forced into the pits for the first of many long pit stops. The first one resulted from a broken fanbelt. Further pit-stops were required to sort the problem, with the team eventually spending twenty minutes replacing the alternator. However, such was the attrition, the Skyline still finished tenth, allowing Grice to take the South Pacific Touring Car Championship.
The Crosby Commodore ran second until oil pressure problems caused its retirment on lap 24. The Francevic Sierra went out early with a broken camshaft.
Trevor McLean was another early retirement, after being punted off by O'Brien's BMW on the first lap. The collison caused O'Brien to pit for repairs to the front guard.
At the end of the first hour, Andersson took the lead in the Volvo until he too was forced to retire with a damaged differential.
Amazingly the Anderson brothers Mustang took the lead from the Volvo and held it for 29 laps until their usual reliability curse struck and they retired with a badly bent strut which had damaged the differential.
Winner of the 1600cc class in the first two races, Dave Barrow, retired the Corolla with a blown clutch at two-thirds distance and Trevor Crowe retired about the same time with a broken rocker.
Through all of this O'Brien had worked his way back into the lead after his first lap collision and held it to the finish. The Robbie Ker/Wayne Huxford Mustang ran reliably to finish second on the same lap, while Graham Lorimer and Tony Lawrence in the ex-Crosby BMW completed the podium.
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Old 26 Nov 2010, 10:57 (Ref:2796027)   #18
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I won't attach copies of the articles as I imagine there would be copyright restrictions. Hopefully photos from the articles are ok.

Attached are photos of the start of the Pukekohe race; the damaged Trevor McLean Commodore; the O'Brien State Coal Sponsored BMW; the Bowkett/Grice Skyline.
The final photo is of a BMW 325i. The article claims this is the Ed Lamont car, but William Dale Jnr's report above says that the 25 BMW was the Hulme car.
Also, I thought the Lamont BMW was sponsored by Lockwood.

From the start photo, just visible in the background is the Tulloch/Wriggley Rover mentioned in the first report. I assume this is the Tim Slako car. I'm pretty sure that Slako and Tulloch shared it in the Nissan Mobil series later that season.
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Old 26 Nov 2010, 14:22 (Ref:2796110)   #19
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I tried to buy the issue of Auto Action featuring this race and several other issues featuring NZ races from 1986 off Ebay recently, but was outbid on all of them!
Yeah, sorry about that, pretty sure I was the guy who outbid you! I didn't get the one that had the round one results, though, I already had that one. Lucky, since I think that issue went for $33!

The AA report can add a little to the round 2 results:

PositionNumberDriver/sCarRace Time/LapsRetirement CauseQualifying TimeGrid Position
15Allan Grice / Kent BaigentNissan Skyline DR-30169 laps 1m00.75s3
231Trevor CroweBMW 635CSi167 laps 1m01.98s5
333Bruce Anderson / Wayne AndersonFord Mustang165 laps 1m02.07s6
4 Ed LamontBMW 325i164 laps 1m03.86s10
5 Graham Lorimer / Tony LawrenceBMW 635CSi161 laps   
67Charlie O'Brien / Glenn McIntyreBMW 635CSi161 laps 1m03.02s9
7 Dave BarrowToyota Corolla160 laps   
8 Alan Prince / Mike HouriganJaguar XJ-S160 laps   
9 R. Gardiner / S. GardinerToyota Corolla155 laps   
10 Bruce Fowler / Kirk StonemanToyota Corolla152 laps   
1? Don HallidayNissan Bluebird    
15 Bob Holden / Andrew BagnallToyota Corolla    
DNF Allan Drinkrow / Bruce DrinkrowToyota Corolla engine  
DNF Chris Castle / John BillingtonHolden Commodore VK clutch  
DNF1Robbie FrancevicFord Sierra XR4Ti turbo actuator1m00.65s2
DNF4Per-Gunnar AnderssonVolvo 240T overheating1m02.70s8
DNF6Graeme CrosbyHolden Commodore VK13 lapsengine0m59.67s1
DNF Denny HulmeBMW 325i11 lapsgearbox1m01.60s4
?17Robbie Ker / Wayne HuxfordFord Mustang  1m02.30s7

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Round 3: Pukekohe. 29 Starters.

...The Robbie Ker/Wayne Huxford Mustang ran reliably to finish second on the same lap...
According to the AA report, the Ker team's lap chart showed them to be leading so Huxford took the last hour of the race easy, and was gutted to find out he'd finished second.

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The final photo is of a BMW 325i. The article claims this is the Ed Lamont car, but William Dale Jnr's report above says that the 25 BMW was the Hulme car.
Also, I thought the Lamont BMW was sponsored by Lockwood.
I think the caption's right, the #25 is the Lamont car. One of the AA articles says his 325i was sponsored by JPS. Plus, it makes more sense for the Bill Bryce-owned 325i to carry Lockwood logos, since they sponsored the car in '87.

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From the start photo, just visible in the background is the Tulloch/Wriggley Rover mentioned in the first report. I assume this is the Tim Slako car. I'm pretty sure that Slako and Tulloch shared it in the Nissan Mobil series later that season.
Yep, Tulloch leased the car from Slako for the summer.
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Old 26 Nov 2010, 18:20 (Ref:2796190)   #20
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Round 3: Pukekohe. 29 Starters.

Pos.#DriversCarLapsGRID
17Charlie O'Brien/Glenn McIntyreBMW 635CSI1514
217Robbie Ker/Wayne HuxfordFord Mustang GT1517
3 Graham Lorimer/Toy LawrenceBMW 635CSI148 
4 Ed LamontBMW 325i146 
5 Bryan BateToyota Corolla GT146 
6 Bruce FowlerToyota Corolla GT143 
7 Rupert GardinerToyota Corolla GT139 
8 Andrew BagnellToyota Corolla GT137 
9 Jim ClarkFord Escort RS1600i133 
105Graeme Bowkett/Allan GriceNissan Skyline DR30 Turbo1302
DNF6Grame Crosby/Wayne WilkinsonHolden Commodore VK241
DNF1Robbie FrancevicFord Sierra XR4Ti 3
DNF31Trevor CroweBMW 635CSI 6
DNF3Trevor McLean/Rod DownsHolden Commodore VK 8
DNF33Bruce Anderson/Wayne AndersonFord Mustang GT  
DNF4Per-Gunnar Andersson/Gary CroftVolvo 240 Turbo 5
DNF25Denis HulmeBMW 325i  
  Dave BarrowToyota Corolla GT  

The results for this race and the report details are from Racing Car News, February 1987.

This was yet another race of attrition. The Crosby Commdore continued its dominence of qualifying in the series, with Grice putting the Skyline in second and Francevic in third. Charlie O'Brien had sort the rocker problem that kept him down the order at Baypark and qualified fourth.

In the race itself, the Skyline took the lead from the start and held it for the first hour until forced into the pits for the first of many long pit stops. The first one resulted from a broken fanbelt. Further pit-stops were required to sort the problem, with the team eventually spending twenty minutes replacing the alternator. However, such was the attrition, the Skyline still finished tenth, allowing Grice to take the South Pacific Touring Car Championship.
The Crosby Commodore ran second until oil pressure problems caused its retirment on lap 24. The Francevic Sierra went out early with a broken camshaft.
Trevor McLean was another early retirement, after being punted off by O'Brien's BMW on the first lap. The collison caused O'Brien to pit for repairs to the front guard.
At the end of the first hour, Andersson took the lead in the Volvo until he too was forced to retire with a damaged differential.
Amazingly the Anderson brothers Mustang took the lead from the Volvo and held it for 29 laps until their usual reliability curse struck and they retired with a badly bent strut which had damaged the differential.
Winner of the 1600cc class in the first two races, Dave Barrow, retired the Corolla with a blown clutch at two-thirds distance and Trevor Crowe retired about the same time with a broken rocker.
Through all of this O'Brien had worked his way back into the lead after his first lap collision and held it to the finish. The Robbie Ker/Wayne Huxford Mustang ran reliably to finish second on the same lap, while Graham Lorimer and Tony Lawrence in the ex-Crosby BMW completed the podium.
Currently re-reading this thread, and I can only say a big thank you for the recent updates to William and Brendon. The Simpson Appliances Series is new to me and thank you for telling it was effectively the New Zealand Touring Car Championship. I'm also getting an idea of what the South Pacific Touring Car Championship was about. Here's another try at dates for the series':

Benson & Hedges Series:
DateTrackRace name
1986-xx-xx Manfeild
1986-10-26 Baypark Raceway Benson & Hedges Saloon Car Series
1986-11-16 Pukekohe Benson & Hedges Saloon Car Classic

Simpson Appliances Series:
DateTrackRace Name
1986-11-30 Manfeild
1986-12-xx Baypark Raceway  
198x-xx-xxPukekohe
Baypark might have been held on December 7 1986.

Nissan Mobil 500 Series:
DateTrackRace Name
1987-01-xx Wellington Nissan Mobil 500
1987-02-01 Pukekohe Nissan Mobil 500
Wellington likely held on January 25, 1987

BTW, why is it Manfield but Manfeild?

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Ah that rings a bell!

Did Gerhard get involved in some kind of contretemps with a Commodore or something else?
..as a reference to Berger participating in the Australian GP support race at Adelaide. Could the Commodore be the winning Grice car. From what I have pieced together Allan survived two spins on his way to winning the race.

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For future references of the South Pacific Touring Car Championship, this would be the calender:

DateTrackRace Name
1986-10-25Adelaide GPAustralian GP
1986-11-30Manfeild
1986-12-xxBaypark Raceway 
198x-xx-xxPukekohe
Baypark might have been held on December 7 1986.

Glad to see that one of my all-time touring car heroes Allan Grice won this title. To my reckoning he won few races during the Group A era and the SPTCC was his only title during this.

Would the South Pacific Touring Car Championship be an equivalent of the 1960/1970s TASMAN single seater series, but for tin-tops?

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..as a reference to Berger participating in the Australian GP support race at Adelaide. Could the Commodore be the winning Grice car. From what I have pieced together Allan survived two spins on his way to winning the race.

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I think you're getting the years mixed up, Jesper. Grice won in 1986; Berger raced in 1985, the year Johnson won in the Mustang. The Commodore he tangled with was John Harvey's Mobil HDT car. Harvey had jumped the start, and Berger was battling to get past him, when Harves dispatched the orange Bimmer entering the chicane.

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Would the South Pacific Touring Car Championship be an equivalent of the 1960/1970s TASMAN single seater series, but for tin-tops?
The NZ rounds were all one week apart. Manfeild on November 30, Bay Park on December 7, Pukekohe on December 14. I'm not really sure where the Simpson series fits in the overall scheme of things. I don't know enough about the NZ scene to be able to say definitively, Brendon or maybe some of the Kiwis in the Australia/NZ forum would be better placed to answer this. However, I think equating it with the Tasman series is probably exaggerating its importance, since there was comparatively little Australian participation.

BTW, nice to hear you're a Grice fan

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Very interesting thread to me! A friend of mine has bought the ex Eggenberger/Crichton/Petch Sierra, sorry Merkur XR4Ti and parts are being gathered to restore it to its original Gp.A specification. So nice to read some history about it here.

Here is the car in its Gp.A days, I am guessing this is probably Pukekohe January 1987:



And this is the car as it is now, ba$tardised into a "Thundersaloon":



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Thinking about it now, the car I have pictured above was owned by Neville Crichton at this time, and the "Francevic" Sierra mentioned above was the ex Andy Rouse XR4Ti (RHD) car.
The Eggenberger car pictured above was being raced first at Wellington Jan 1987, then Pukekohe 1987 a week later, then taken to Australia and campaigned (rather unsucessfully) by Crichton and Denny Hulme for a handful of rounds in 1987. Although a fast car, it was plagued with reliability problems, then completely outclassed when the Cosworth came along that year with its better engine and less weight.

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I'm confused, Mark Petch eventually owned both the ex-Rouse and ex-Eggenberger XR4Tis, didn't he? Which one was converted into the BP Thundersaloon? The newer Eggenberger car?
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I'm confused, Mark Petch eventually owned both the ex-Rouse and ex-Eggenberger XR4Tis, didn't he? Which one was converted into the BP Thundersaloon? The newer Eggenberger car?
Yes he did own them both, first the Rouse car (RHD) then the egg burger (LHD) The egg car was converted first into an RS500 which Garry Croft drove in 1988-1989 then into the BP thundersaloon in 1990 I think, and had a livery change in its last year when I think Greg Lancaster drove it, (1992 I think) which would explain the Noel Leeming Livery. And yes that is the BP car above. Fortunately we now have most of the "trick" Gp.A parts so rebuilding/restoring it won't be too difficult. The Rouse RHD car is still out there somewhere, nobody seems to know where that one went.
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BTW, nice to hear you're a Grice fan
I think it was 7Sport commentator Mike Raymond who dupped Grice "Australian Car Cowboy #1". Very fitting to Allan's exuberant driving style. His live comments during the 1987 ATCC did no harm either.

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Yep, Tulloch leased the car from Slako for the summer.
Some time ago I put together a race-by-race record for the Slako Rover and interesting to know that another likely handfull of races can be added, when more information emerges. I guess that it was still running in the usual pink/green colours when Tulloch raced it?

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Found some YouTube Wellington 500-video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOyph36_LfY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYRN8...eature=related

This is obviously an Australian production, but what was the New Zealand TV-situation at the time - chances of other races covered?

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