Ute owner's bumper offer

PETER LAMPP
Last updated 12:34 27/02/2013

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Geoff Spencer promises that if anyone can sell his rear end, he will pay a spotter's fee.

The Palmerston North V8 Utes driver has the tailgate of his vehicle available if a sponsor wants to invest in it for the national series.

"It is excellent exposure towing the car around the country or on the race track where everyone can enjoy my rear-end view," Spencer said.

"We have a picture of a chillybin full of ice and beer on it at the moment with the slogan, ‘your name here and we will provide the beer'."

It might be good value because the next outing for his Holden ute is at the V8 Supercars meeting at Pukekohe, where up to 100,000 spectators might attend.

The V8 Utes are now aligned to the rebel V8 SuperTourer series but the Supercars' New Zealand promoter asked the utes to be a support category at Pukekohe, even though Pukekohe's is a MotorSport New Zealand event.

"We still haven't done anything untoward," Spencer said. "We are not a sanctioned series any more but we have our own entity."

The Pukekohe round won't count for points and four Australian drivers will be bringing over the utes.

Many of the Aussies now have the new FG Falcons so they are bringing over their older VS Falcons and will leave them in New Zealand to race. Although they have 5.4-litre engines, the new Falcons have the hot 5-litre Coyote engine.

Spencer, though, is a Holden man and is the sole Manawatu driver among the 13 utes, which should expand to about 16 on the grid at Pukekohe. "The Holden is a harder vehicle to drive than the Falcon," he says.

At the opening round at Hampton Downs, in which Spencer finished fourth overall, he was accorded No 100, for race 3. He was the first driver to achieve 100 race starts. The NZ V8 Utes started six seasons ago and Spencer is one of the originals.

He will bypass the next round at Ruapuna, Christchurch, because he will be at Manfeild, not for racing, but to exhibit his new Coresteel Buildings at the Central Districts Field Days.

Spencer will be with the utes at the new Highlands Motorsport Park at Cromwell, Central Otago, in November. The circuit was built to international standard by Queensland pet food tycoon Tony Quinn at a cost of about $20 million and the invitation to the utes came from Quinn's Australian GT Championship.

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