Manfeild will be graced by an almost mint Australia V8 Supercar at the weekend.
The 5-litre car will be driven by Palmerston North driver Cameron Jones and fans will be able to buy raffle tickets with the prize being hot laps in the hot Commodore.
Jones has been fitting out the Supercar for Thai-based Auckland owner Craig Corliss who intends racing it in Asia where Jones has been part of Corliss' racing team, virtually the head mechanic.
"It is the most modern V8 Supercar owned by a New Zealander," Jones said.
It has been sharing Jones' garage with his powerful former Paul Pedersen-Transam which he will be racing in the IRC meeting at Manfeild.
It is the newest Supercar in New Zealand just now, one of the last built to last season's specifications by Triple Eight Race Engineering in Brisbane, before the Supercar car of the future came into being. Triple Eight supplies cars and parts to 10 Supercar teams.
The two cars in Jones' garage combined would be worth more than $500,000, not to mention Jones' Mazda RX7.
"I have got one of the fastest cars in the country here and one of the coolest cars in the country," he said.
"We will be doing a few laps at the weekend."
But he won't be going crazy behind the wheel, maybe sneaking up to 240kmh. The car has to remain in mint condition for Corliss to race the GT1 support class at the Supercars meeting at Pukekohe in April.
"Then it will be picked up to go to Kuala Lumpur for round 1 of the Thailand Supercars," Jones said.
While there are no rules regarding his super-fast Transam, there are with Supercars, including a locked differential, which makes for interesting driving.
"You have got to manhandle them around," Jones explained.
Formula 1 driver Jensen Button did a demonstration drive in the car around Bathurst last year while Supercar driver Craig Lowndes drove a Formula 1 car.
Motorbike rider Casey Stoner was the last person to drive the Corliss Supercar, in testing around Brisbane Raceway.
It has never had a Supercar race. Fitted out ready to race, such a car would set back a buyer close to $500,000, in Australian dollars.
It is not the first Supercar to come to these parts.
Palmerston North's Brent Boddy raced one years ago. That car is now being restored by Tony Boyden in Dannevirke.
Motorsport Manawatu's Julian Hardy said fans must attend the IRC meeting at Manfeild on Saturday and Sunday to be in the draw for hot laps with Jones.
He said it will be a rare privilege because Supercar teams almost never use their race cars for hot laps.
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