David Thomson's blog

Christmas and the spirit of giving

With Christmas less than 10 days away, this is it for Drivesouth in 2017.

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Hawkeswood’s title brings a smile

With Brendan Hartley forced to start from the back of the grid in Abu Dabhi, and Scott McLaughlin denied the V8 Supercar crown after a final race tangle, it was left to the ultimate round of the national rally championship to give me some motorsport pleasure last weekend.

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Mercedes-Benz joins the ute brigade

Here in New Zealand we are well-used to light commercial vehicles - and utes in particular - topping our new vehicle sales charts.

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Five years of endurance racing

Has it really been five years since Tony Quinn brought international circuit racing to Central Otago with the original Highlands 101?

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The ugly car blues

 

Why is it that almost all cars that look great when first released appear ugly - or at best nondescript - by the time they are a quarter of a century old, only to start looking great again four or five decades later?

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Second drive reward for Hartley

Less than 24 hours passed between the conclusion of last weekend's United States Grand Prix and the Torro Rosso Formula One team's confirmation that Brendon Hartley will drive for it again at this weekend's Mexican Grand Prix. News quickly followed that he would stay with the team for the rest of the season, also driving in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

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Hartley’s F1 drive perfectly timed

A few weeks back, I drafted an editorial for this weekend's edition of Drivesouth, tentatively titled ‘‘Will New Zealand's great racing anniversary pass unnoticed?''.

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Searching for success

Could this be the weekend when we finally taste international motorsport championship success in 2017, along, perhaps, with some local success on the national championship stage?

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Rally dates confirmed

Two important rallying calendars for 2018 have now been confirmed, and there's good and bad news for Kiwi fans.

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The twists and turns of fortune

Surely she was robbed.

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