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Eastern Southland champ used two cars

Eastern Southland champ used two cars

Although attending multiple car events in a season is hardly a chore for a motorsport enthusiast, it took real commitment for Winton's Brendon Mitchell to claim the 2015/2016 Eastern Southland Car Club's (ESCC) Championship title.

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Sharp lookercuts a dash

Sharp lookercuts a dash

It's bigger and bolder than ever before and also - according to the official figures - more fuel efficient. David Thomson hits the highway in the latest Lexus RX450 hybrid.

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Catlins Rally a family affair

Catlins Rally a family affair

Dunedin rally driver Tony Johnston is usually outnumbered by the female co-drivers in his home, but for the up-coming Catlins Rally, he will join his wife Heather and stepdaughter Nikita Gibson on the passenger side.

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Jaguar changes its spots

Jaguar changes its spots

THE SS100, the XK120, E-Type, the XJ in original and first-generation alloy form, that initial XF ... past landmark Jaguar road cars are easy to cite.

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Back to the future

Back to the future

Toyota is looking to the future by reaching back to the past with its new Fortuner SUV. David Thomson explains.

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Changes point to outstanding season

Changes point to outstanding season

With just under two months to go until the 2016 South Island Endurance Series (SIES) roars into life, some significant changes have been made, one of which will result in up to six full FIA GT3-spec cars competing this season.

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Legacy project is more than the sum

Legacy project is more than the sum

So maybe you think the name Levorg is too Star Trek-reminiscent or you're so over being reminded what it becomes when spelled backwards?

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Leitch says TRS will keep him race-ready

Leitch says TRS will keep him race-ready

Cromwell-based racing driver Brendon Leitch will enter the Toyota Racing Series (TRS) for a fourth time in the 2016-17 season, with an eye out for international opportunities.

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BMW’s ‘i’ technology goes mainstream

BMW’s ‘i’ technology goes mainstream

The next step forward for BMW's electric vehicle plan might seem like a step back, simply because of how it is packaged.

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Current thinking

Current thinking

An increase in electric cars on the scene does not mean hybrids have had their day.

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Advocate buzzing about electric cars

Advocate buzzing about electric cars

United States-based electric car advocate and adviser Chelsea Sexton is at Otago Museum in Dunedin on Sunday to talk about New Zealand's electric vehicle future.

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Audi A4: More than meets the eye

Audi A4: More than meets the eye

Audi has recently released its new-generation A4 saloon. David Thomson finds out that there is a lot more to this machine than meets the eye.

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Sharp pricing expected for new Suzuki Baleno

Sharp pricing expected for new Suzuki Baleno

New car, not-so-new engine: that's the intriguing twist to the story associated with Suzuki's incoming compact hatchback.

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Otago drivers in action around the world

Otago drivers in action around the world

This weekend, three Otago drivers are competing in different corners of the world, in different events.

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New Suzuki Vitara shines on the road

New Suzuki Vitara shines on the road

About 80m down the access track from the country estate where Suzuki staged the media launch for the latest Vitara variant, there's a fork in the road.

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Rosberg eases to win in Azerbaijan

Rosberg eases to win in Azerbaijan

Nico Rosberg won the first Formula One grand prix held in Azerbaijan to turn the championship tide and stretch his lead over frustrated Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton to 24 points.

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Quinn tackling Pikes Peak in Monster Tamer

Quinn tackling Pikes Peak in Monster Tamer

Tony Quinn has found a use for his Monster Tamer. The custom-built racer, originally constructed for the 2015 Race to the Sky hill climb in the Cardrona Valley, will be put through its paces in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb next Sunday.

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Mercedes-Benz goes all-out with coupe

Mercedes-Benz goes all-out with coupe

Luxury two-door, four-seater cars are aspirational fare and in the case of the C-Class Coupe there's no limit to the degree of desire.

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An aristocratic experience of top-down motoring

An aristocratic experience of top-down motoring

Sometime in the early hours of the morning, the pitch black of the night sky gradually transitions to a deep blue. A band of orange appears, faint at first and hugging the horizon, but gathering in depth and intensity until the sun rises into view.

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Thirsty worker

Thirsty worker

As everyone knows, dubbya-dubbya-deuce was the making of the Jeep brand; the concept of an agile all-duties rock-hopper was born out of military need and the resultant model earned its spurs as a workhorse in the major Allied campaigns.

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