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Dickson finishes debut season on a high

Dickson finishes debut season on a high

Quality and quantity time in the seat, racing in the North Island culminated in Cromwell's Peter Dickson bringing home the 2NZ sticker to take pride of place on the side of his Hypermac saloon.

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Drivesouth's cars of 2015, part 2

Drivesouth's cars of 2015, part 2

David Thomson and Richard Bosselman conclude their review of cars that made a real impression last year by picking their SUV, utility and luxury favourites, as well as overall winners.

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Festival takes city back in time

Festival takes city back in time

Dunedin yesterday became the hub for the Vero International Festival of Historic Motoring as 600 cars and motorbikes arrived for the nine-day event.

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Drivesouth's cars of 2015

Drivesouth's cars of 2015

David Thomson and Richard Bosselman ease into 2016 by looking back at the cars from the year just past that left a real impression.

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Coppins signs off with podium finishes

Coppins signs off with podium finishes

An infrequent racer these days, former motocross Grand Prix star Josh Coppins was thrilled to discover he was still capable of winning a podium spot.

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Alyssa to have a blast on South's tracks

Alyssa to have a blast on South's tracks

For Dunedin's Alyssa Clapperton the highlight of her seven-round NZ Touring Car Series championship season will be racing on familiar southern tracks next month, when the series heads to Christchurch and Invercargill.

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BMW i3 electrifies NZ Car of the Year awards

BMW i3 electrifies NZ Car of the Year awards

In a clear sign of changing automotive times an electric car has won New Zealand's Car of the Year award for the first time.

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BMW's i3 - clever, fun and future-focused

BMW's i3 - clever, fun and future-focused

The BMW i3 provides an utterly fresh take on what a modern city car can and should be. David Thomson heads to Auckland to test it in an appropriate setting.

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Dickson wins South Island title in Cromwell-built car

Dickson wins South Island title in Cromwell-built car

Newly crowned South Island saloon car champion, Central Motor Speedway driver Peter Dickson can count on his boss not objecting if he takes a few days off over the summer to go speedway racing.

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No loss for Ross

Dunedin's Steve Ross dominated the OSCA/sport saloons racing at Teretonga last Sunday, with three wins in his impressive six-litre Jaguar XK8.

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Range riders - Toyota's new Hiluxes up to the task

Range riders - Toyota's new Hiluxes up to the task

Toyota might have chosen to skip the first part of its two-day launch exercise for the latest Hilux, but I'm glad they didn't.

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Super saloons at Beachlands Speedway

Super saloons at Beachlands Speedway

Forget low-budget demolition derbies, Beachlands Speedway will reverberate to the tune of expensive race-bred super saloons at its Waldronville track near Dunedin tonight.

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VW goes retro with new Polo GTI

VW goes retro with new Polo GTI

After five years relying on a 1.4-litre engine, VW has reverted to past practice byby endowing its Polo GTI with a 1.8-litre motor. David Thomson slips into the tartan-trimmed driver's seat of the German pocket rocket for a run.

 

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Audi Q7 hits the mark again

Audi Q7 hits the mark again

Audi's second-generation Q7 has been a long time coming. David Thomson checks in after a week behind the wheel of Ingolstadt's new sports utility flagship.

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Toyota Prado at its best when the going gets tough

Toyota Prado at its best when the going gets tough

Toyota's go-anywhere SUV has been updated with a new engine and gearbox. David Thomson heads off the beaten track to put it through its paces.

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Dixon to drive at Leadfoot Festival

Dixon to drive at Leadfoot Festival

The Coromandel-based Leadfoot Festival has just increased the wattage of its driver star-power, with four-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon the latest to announce he will compete at the February 6-7 event.

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That special mix of youth and experience

That special mix of youth and experience

There must be something special about sharing a passion for car racing with your son, as there are plenty of teams around mixing youth and experience.

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Plenty of bang for not too many bucks

Plenty of bang for not too many bucks

The memorable cars in a motoring writer's diary tend to be those that boast one or both of stunning performance and luxury appointments, and all too often wear a six-figure price tag.

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Sublime saloon - Mercedes AMG C 63S

Sublime saloon - Mercedes AMG C 63S

The downsizing from 6.3 to 4.0 litres hasn't cost AMG's Mercedes-Benz C-Class rocketship anything in the way of performance, or old-fashioned muscle-car charm. David Thomson reports in after a memorable spell behind the wheel.

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New Skoda Superb a confident cruiser

New Skoda Superb a confident cruiser

It is easy to see Skoda here potentially benefiting should the diesel-gate affair bruise parent Volkswagen's image.

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