Pukekohe Car Club Newsletter - February 2019
What a great way to start our calendar year with 50 entrants taking part in our Waitangi Day Motorkhana and Round 1 of the Paul Crispe Memorial Series!

Congratulations to Sam Burgess for getting the win and the fastest combined time on the day. The series continues in Ardmore next weekend (Saturday Feb 23rd) so we hope to see you all there. See below for more details on the rest of the motorkhana series and the Bothwell Loop Rally Sprint on March 17th.

It goes without saying that there are many people behind the scenes making this possible so we'd like to extend a massive thanks to all the marshals who stood out there in the blazing sunshine and got covered in dust. By all accounts, everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Thanks also to the Franklin A&P Society for allowing us to use the venue and create some interesting patterns in the grass. We hope to be able to come back to this venue in the near future so if you're a Franklin local, head along to the Pukekohe Show this weekend and support the A&P Society and all the local suppliers on show.

Photo: Shane Sayers on Waitangi Day
Credit: Jaime Hartley

Paul Crispe Memorial Motorkhana Series

As mentioned above, a massive 50 entrants enjoyed a day out in the sunshine at the Waitangi Day event as well as many family and friends who came along to watch.

We've already got over 20 people signed up for Round 2 on Saturday 23rd February so please let us know if you are keen to compete so we can make sure to save you a spot.

We have chosen some dates (see right) and just need to finalise a couple of locations and hope the weather plays nicely so we get to run all 5 rounds!

Keep an eye out for the points table too and get ready to battle for bragging rights against your peers as the rounds progress. Rumour has it that there may be slightly more than a chocolate fish up for grabs at the end of the series...

Visit the PCC Facebook page or website soon to check out the points table and keep up to date with upcoming events.

Photo: Steve Goodare in action at Ruarangi Rd
Credit: Stephen Russell

Bothwell Loop
Rally Sprint
Sunday March 17th

Pukekohe Car Club is again hosting Round 3 of the ABC Pipefitters Northern Rally Sprint Series at Bothwell Rd, Glen Murray.

The event base will be at 401 Waikaretu Valley Rd and will be open from 8.00am for documentation and marshal briefings etc. Driver's briefing will be at 9.30am with the action getting underway from approximately 10am.

As always, we will need some helpers for the day so if you are not competing please come along and support the club as a marshal.

Race Cars In Sheds - RCIS

Taking a short break from promoting other people's motorsport endeavours, Keith from RCIS came out and joined us at Round 1 of the Paul Crispe Memorial Series. He also brought along daughter Jaime who snapped some great shots (click here to view) and proof that dad is no slouch behind the wheel himself!

Follow the link  -->here<--  to visit the RCIS Facebook page and keep up to date with the current racecar projects.

Keith kicking up some dust in the Peugeot

Paul Crispe Memorial
Motorkhana Series

Saturday 23rd February 
Rnd 2 - Parrish Line Rd, Ardmore
Sunday 3rd March
Rnd 3 - Venue TBC

Sunday 7th April
Rnd 4 - Quarry Rd, Drury

Sunday 12th May
Rnd 5 - Pukekohe Car Club (TBC)
ABC Pipefitters
Northern Rally Sprint Series

Sunday 17th February
Arcadia Rd - Hibiscus Coast Motorsport Club

Sunday 17th March
Bothwell Loop - Pukekohe Car Club

Sunday 31st March
Piakonui Rd - Thames Valley Car Club

Sunday 28th April
Maramarua Forest - South Auckland Car Club

Sunday 28th July
Otorohanga (TBC) - Hamilton Car Club

Photo: Erica Ness takes part in her first event
Credit: Jaime Hartley

What is a Motorkhana??

With all these motorkhana events being advertised, a couple of people have a asked a very valid question:

What exactly is a motorkhana?
Possibly better known as a gymkhana, these are entry level motorsport events based on relatively low speed car control around a course marked out with road cones. While we usually run our events on grass, they can also be held on gravel or tarmac surfaces.

Virtually any road worthy or competition vehicle can be entered (subject to basic safety checks) and drivers as young as 12 years old can participate and is a great way to learn basic car control or hone your competition  driving skills. It's a great, low cost way to get into motorsport with no race wear or helmets required.

While these can sometimes generate some serious competition, our Pukekohe Car Club motorkhana events are aimed primarily at having fun in cars in a safe environment and in the spirit of grass roots motorsport.

Otaua Classic Hillclimb

Sunday March 10th
Maioro Rd, Otaua

The MG Car Club have again kindly invited Pukekohe Car Club members to take part in this event which was won by our own Kevin Sanderson in 2018.

This is a sealed hill climb of approximately 1.3km.
Regulations                 Entry Form
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