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New voyage of discovery

New voyage of discovery

The moment of epiphany came on a gravel road in the Maniototo that connects Naseby and the Kyeburn Diggings.

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Otago Rally draws plenty of interest

Otago Rally draws plenty of interest

As the competitive route for the 2018 Otago Rally takes shape, expressions of interest are coming in thick and fast from around the world.

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Kiwis to contest Leadfoot Festival

Kiwis to contest Leadfoot Festival

Two New Zealanders are among the drawcard drivers and riders who will be racing on Rod Millen's driveway at the Leadfoot Festival in February

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Hawkeswood in driver’s seat

Hawkeswood in driver’s seat

The final round of the New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC) will be a three-way fight for glory at Rally New Zealand this weekend.

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Hawkeswood in driver’s seat

The final round of the New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC) will be a three-way fight for glory at Rally New Zealand this weekend.

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Driving like a V8

Driving like a V8

Three laps following a hard-driven R8 in the hands of the son of the real Stig provided the answer.

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Rare chance to see million-dollar jaguar

Rare chance to see million-dollar jaguar

Dunedin car enthusiasts will have the chance to view a $1.76 million Jaguar; one of just nine re-made after a factory fire stopped production 60 years ago. 

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Out of the garage and on to the track

Out of the garage and on to the track

Andy Giles and his dad Ted have had the ultimate father/son project over the past 20 years.

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Wanaka pair claims Targa title

Wanaka pair claims Targa title

Wanaka helicopter pilot Jerry Rowley can now add four-wheeled racing success to his list of achievements after winning his class at the Targa New Zealand Rally with co-driver Matt Bailey.

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Hyundai sitting pretty with new Kona

Hyundai sitting pretty with new Kona

Being last to the luau shouldn't be problematic for Kona - a Hyundai with a name shared with a famous southwesterly wind in Hawaii leaves the impression it has the elements to blow up a storm.

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Life on the road becoming a drag

Life on the road becoming a drag

Steve McLay has spent several years turning his 1987 Chevrolet Corvette from an essentially mild street car into a smoking-hot drag racer.

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Otago success on road, track

Otago success on road, track

Successes kept coming on both the circuit racing and rally roads for Otago competitors last weekend.

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Holden chasing SUV market

Holden chasing SUV market

Sport is still a priority for Holden and Bathurst credibility still counts, yet changing consumer trends that signalled the end for Australian-made six and eight-cylinder performance sedans have also accelerated the intent to hit a different kind of track.

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Upgraded CX-3 even sweeter

Upgraded CX-3 even sweeter

THE CX-3 has been a star performer for Mazda since its launch in late 2015, and in the normal run of motoring play, a mid-life upgrade would be at least a year away. However, with new rivals arriving thick and fast, Hiroshima's compact SUV has been given an early update.

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Plenty of Otago action anticipated

Plenty of Otago action anticipated

Otago drivers will be competing in circuit racing and rallying today as the South Island Endurance Series (SIES) wraps up and the New Zealand Rally Championship enters its penultimate round.

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Poise and Grace of Ford Focus Sport

Poise and Grace of Ford Focus Sport

Truth be known, this is a road test that should not be appearing in Drivesouth: to cut a long story short, a few weeks back we were due to take delivery of the latest Ford Escape mid-sized SUV for appraisal. But, as sometimes happens, problems arose along the way, and the vehicle earmarked for testing was no longer able to come to Dunedin.

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Suzuki Swift up to the challenge

Suzuki Swift up to the challenge

On the face of it, Suzuki can be well-pleased with the initial response to the third-generation Swift.

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Henderson ahead despite drama

Henderson ahead despite drama

Chris Henderson has made it two from two in the one-hour race at the South Island Endurance Series (SIES), although his win on Saturday was not without drama.

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Subaru unleashes new WRX

Subaru unleashes new WRX

There is nothing better than low adhesion conditions to bring the best out of high-grip hardware, but even with rain squalls lashing the Hampton Downs circuit, Subaru's updated performance cars didn't let go easily.

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No mistakes as Cox smashes record

No mistakes as Cox smashes record

Mechanical issues robbed him last year but Sloan Cox made no mistake this time round as he set a course record on his way to top honours at last weekend's Ashley Forest Rallysprint.

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