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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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McRae to headline Otago Classic Rally

McRae to headline Otago Classic Rally

Augmenting his already fearsome speed, former World Rally Championship (WRC) driver Alister McRae will bring his own Ford Escort RS1800 to New Zealand to contest this year's Otago International Classic Rally.

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VW's beaut ute transformed into civilised cruiser

VW's beaut ute transformed into civilised cruiser

In the five years since it first appeared, the Volkswagen Amarok has gone from being a curiosity to an accepted player at the top end of our booming ute market. David Thomson takes a refresher on the German-designed, Argentine-built pick-up. 

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Trail ride has something for everyone

Trail ride has something for everyone

For keen off-road motorbike riders, trail rides are the ideal way to see countryside usually ridden only by farmers and their shepherds. Catherine Pattison talks to the organiser of an up-coming event to see what goes on behind the scenes and finds out what is boosting the popularity of trail rides.

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New Outback a satisfying ride from Subaru

New Outback a satisfying ride from Subaru

With the forthcoming sixth-generation Legacy set to be offered in sedan guise only, the latest Outback takes on all large-wagon duties for Subaru. David Thomson loads up for an extended journey to put the new machine through its paces.

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Price steps up to the heavyweights

Price steps up to the heavyweights

Winton's Garry Price has spent 30 years in speedway racing, and having ''just turned to asphalt now'' has decided to do so in perhaps the most physically commanding class in motorsport.

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Fine-handling Mazda2 a worthy successor

Fine-handling Mazda2 a worthy successor

The latest Mazda2 is one of the first all-new models to grace our roads in 2015. David Thomson puts a small car that has big boots to fill through its paces.

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