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Holden rolls back the years

This winter is throwing plenty of early challenges at Otago motorists, but based on what I observed driving to and from Queenstown last weekend, most folk are responding well.

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Things don't always go to plan

When I scheduled a road test of Hyundai's new i30 N hot hatch for this weekend's Drivesouth, I did so partly in the hope it would dovetail with an opportunity to reflect on a strong performance by a certain Hyundai driver in last weekend's Portuguese round of the World Rally Championship.

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Harder motoring breeds manners

It's good to be back. That was my thought on landing at Dunedin last Saturday following a sojourn in England that included covering roughly 1600km over nine days behind the wheel of a Renault Clio rental car.

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Driver, car reunited decades on

The Drivesouth Otago Rally Fest has been and gone for another year, attracting a big contingent of visitors from throughout New Zealand and overseas, as well as a large number of local fans.

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Otago Rally under way

Unless you are an unusually early riser, by the time you read this editorial the competitive stages that comprise the 2018 Drivesouth Otago Rally Fest will be under way.

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Top quality field for Otago Rally

With two current World Rally Championship stars heading the 115-strong field, next weekend's Drivesouth Rally Fest is shaping up as another truly memorable event.

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Hartley provides interest in F1

Forty-four years. That's how long it's been since the opening round of a Formula One world championship included a New Zealander on the entry list. How could any Kiwi race fan not be excited then, at the prospect of next weekend's Australian Grand Prix, with one Brendon Hartley set to commence what should be his first full season at the highest tier of global motorsport?

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Winning start for Holden

Win on a Sunday, sell on a Monday.

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Signs of the times

Billboards that have the potential to distract motorists and other road users have been a topic of debate in the main pages of the Otago Daily Times over the past few weeks.

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World Rally Championship is hard nut to crack

Could have been worse, could have been better.

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