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Full Throttle brings action to Manukau

Last updated 05:00 08/10/2009
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FLYING START: Some of the classic cars taking part in the Flying 50 Street Race around downtown Manukau as part of Full Throttle over Labour weekend.

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Manukau will be going Full Throttle over Labour weekend.

Millions of dollars worth of cars will be on show and in action over the three-day event.

A highlight is the Flying 50 Street Race on the Saturday around downtown Manukau starring British and European classic cars.

The pursuit-style race, part of the Drive NZ Rally, will see two cars racing each other and the clock over four laps of twisting but adjacent circuits.

Flying 50 organiser Roger Philips says it will be a day of up-close and personal racing.

"There’ll be great spectator involvement in the pits, with great viewing and picnicking from the grounds of Hayman Park."

The street display of British classics with owners in period dress will recall "a more relaxed time with cars full of character", Mr Philips says.

Almost 10,000 people came to last year’s Full Throttle which was started by Manukau City Council.

This year all types of classic, performance, show, old school, hot rod and drift cars will be at the Pacific Events Centre.

The free 4 & Rotary Supershow on the Saturday, October 24, includes drifting demonstrations, soundoffs and a motokhana where drivers put their skills to the test on grass and tarmac.

Entertainment will be provided by the Southside Gig, part of the Manukau Festival of Arts and starring Nesian Mystik.

On Sunday, $25 million of Targa Rally cars will be on show at the Pacific Events Centre followed by the Yester-Year Classic and Vintage cars on Labour Day Monday. October 26.

Council transport portfolio leader David Collings says this year’s event will also have a strong focus on road safety.

"We’re trying to show that it is possible to have fun in cars in a controlled environment.

"We’re behind car enthusiasts and their passion but to those illegally racing on our roads, we want them to know that kind of driving is not on," Mr Collings says.

The Full Throttle weekend runs October 24-26. See www.manukau.govt.nz/full
throttle for details.

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- Manukau Courier

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