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.
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.
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.
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.