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Race to the Sky on again next year

Race to the Sky on again next year

Tony Quinn promised last month the Race to the Sky would happen again next year and sure enough, 2016 dates have been announced for the hillclimb.

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New Mitsubishi Triton made for work as well as play

New Mitsubishi Triton made for work as well as play

Farmers and other friends of the land should be flattered; so much about the Mitsubishi Triton - from specification and design thought to launch planning - seems tailored for them.

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Paddon's rivals left in awe

Paddon's rivals left in awe

Records were shattered and Hayden Paddon's rivals left in awe as New Zealand's rising star of world championship rallying snatched outright victory as well as classic class honours in the Otago Rally yesterday.

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Where to watch the rally

Where to watch the rally

David Thomson's pick of seven prime viewing spots for this year's Drivesouth Otago Rally Fest.

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Twin terrapod coming to town

Twin terrapod coming to town

Imagine being in a Land Rover, hoisted almost 6m off the ground, and treated to an extreme virtual 4WD experience, bang in the centre of town.

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Holden double act provides niche panache

Holden double act provides niche panache

Scarcity is the tie that binds Holden's latest products. You don't see many convertible and three-door hardtop cars for good reason: they're select tastes.

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Veteran McRae at home behind the wheel

Veteran McRae at home behind the wheel

Australian-based Scottish rally ace Alister McRae is in hot demand, with driving commitments in Cardrona Valley, China, Sydney and Dunedin all within a month.

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Championship leader on the Hunt for Otago title

Championship leader on the Hunt for Otago title

New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC) leader Ben Hunt is a busy man.

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Otago Rally Fest - how it all comes together

Otago Rally Fest - how it all comes together

The Drivesouth Otago Rally Fest is actually three events in one: a full-blooded national championship event featuring New Zealand's leading drivers in modern turbocharged four-wheel-drive cars; a classic rally featuring a star-studded international cast in old-style two-wheel-drive machines; and an allcomers event, aimed at locals, some of them in very quick cars, who are out to have fun.

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Fortune set to smile on Paddon?

Fortune set to smile on Paddon?

After a rough time rallying in Argentina, Hayden Paddon deserves some good fortune and if his success statistics stack up, it looks like the universe is conspiring to give him some next weekend.

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Skoda's zesty new Fabia bolder, smarter

Skoda's zesty new Fabia bolder, smarter

Petr Skutina has been Skoda's in-factory liaison with the New Zealand distributor for only two years, but already he's made the long trip here from Bohemia on three occasions.

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Everything new for Paddon in Argentina

Everything new for Paddon in Argentina

Hayden Paddon was expecting a rough ride in this week's Rally Argentina, where he will be competing in his Hyundai i20 WRC car with co-driver John Kennard.

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Subaru sedan living up to its Legacy

Subaru sedan living up to its Legacy

For Subaru, success is a word that starts with the letter L.

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Best foot Ford

Best foot Ford

Only the Camry is cited, but the intention is also to serve notice on every other big-name competitor in the medium passenger car sector.

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Familiar voice to set pace for Gilmour

Familiar voice to set pace for Gilmour

Dunedin's Emma Gilmour will have a new but not unknown navigator calling the pace notes this weekend at the International Rally of Whangarei and for the 2015 season.

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Monster to pilot Toyota in Race to the Sky

Monster to pilot Toyota in Race to the Sky

The Toyota 86 has proved a popular car of choice for next weekend's Race to the Sky (RTTS), with a top international and a well-known local both driving one in the Cardrona-based hillclimb.

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New Lexus a fine grand tourer

New Lexus a fine grand tourer

European dominance of the premium coupe segment of our new-car market isn't likely to be challenged by the new Lexus RC350, but it's an interesting machine nonetheless. David Thomson delivers his verdict after a week behind the wheel.

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Dirt-slinging action at Twizel this weekend

Dirt-slinging action at Twizel this weekend

A record-breaking field of high-powered off-road racing vehicles will invade Twizel this weekend as the town hosts the second round of the 2015 Off-road Racing Championship.

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Spirited away: Rolls-Royce Ghost II a stunner

Spirited away: Rolls-Royce Ghost II a stunner

Taking the wheel of the new Rolls-Royce Ghost II is a uniquely compelling experience, writes David Thomson.

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BMW goes front-wheel-drive in new 218i

BMW goes front-wheel-drive in new 218i

BMW is setting off in a new direction with its new 2-series Active Tourer. David Thomson ponders the significance of the new machine as he puts it through its paces.

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