Bentley, Aston top money list at NZ show

NEIL REID
Last updated 05:01 20/07/2012
LYLE MCMAHON

A sneak preview of what's on display at the CRC Speedshow being held at Auckland's ASB Showground.

A Bentley Continental GTC will be the most expensive car on display at the Speedshow in Auckland.
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A Bentley Continental GTC will be the most expensive car on display at the Speedshow in Auckland.

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A Bentley Continental GTC will be the most expensive car on display at this weekend's CRC Speedshow in Auckland.

The Bentley's seductive combiantion of performance, style and exclusivity comes with a recommended retail of $462,000.

It is pushed all the way for the top price spot by a limited edition Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition that comes with a $430,000 price tag.


Click on the photo at left to view some of the show's feature attractions.


These two vehicles are just some of the impressive numbers for those heading to Auckland's ASB Showgrounds which is being transformed into petrolhead heaven for 48 hours with gates opening at 9am tomorrow.

High-tech racing racing cars and bikes, displays from some of the world's leading car producers, classic Hot Rods and other assorted 'pimped out' rides will be on display at what is effectively the New Zealand Motor Show.

While the variety of new model cars will attract plenty of attention, a 71-car display by the New Zealand Hot Rod Association is sure to be one of the stars of the show.

As well as getting up close with some classic cars of old, motoring fans will also be able to some of modern models.

Displays will be held by the majority of the country's top-selling production cars.

Punters have also been promised stunning exhibits of new release BMW M-Performance vehicles and another display by Mazda includes the evolution of its rotary engine.

Off-road racing vehicles, stockcars, race and road bikes and road racing sidecars will also be on display.

Daily drifting demonstrations will also be held, along with stunt car shows held by stuntman Peter Bell and his team of drivers.

The fun won't be restricted to adult motorsport fans.

''There's plenty to for kids of all ages to do – younger ones can drive themselves in Kruzin Kids electric hot rods,” Sharp said.

''There are V8 simulators to race, lots of giveaways, meet your favourite racing drivers and get a signed poster, or have a go on a giant Scalextric slot car set and buy die-cast models.''

Speedshow organisers have also confirmed that New Zealand V8 Supercar legend Greg Murphy will also be in attendance at the two-day event.

The Bathurst 1000 winner will be on hand to promote his Mike Pero Group-sponsored V8 SuperTourer race car and suicide awareness and prevention group, Casper.

Murphy and Mike Pero Racing have heavily promoted Casper throughout the 2012 V8 SuperTourer season, including with its race car livery.

The show's numbers are fairly impressive and organisers have released a numerical list of features:
 
* The one, the only Yamaha Vity 125cc scooter to be won by any CRC Speedshow visitor who goes to the TMG Yamaha display and fills in an entry form.

* Up for grabs, two GoPro cameras, at what is sure to be a very loud GoPro ‘shout-out’ promotion with the team from Racetech Racing Supplies.

* Three marques are bringing their fun roadsters to the show – Fraser Cars, Venom Roadsters and Exocet.

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* Three is also the number of highly-regarded international awards won by ‘Speed 33’, the absolutely stunning 1933 Ford cabriolet hot rod built by Tauranga’s Rods by Reid on its debut trip to the US earlier this year.

* And the final significant three – it’s the number of performances each day in the Ezybuy Car Auctions live action arena – 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

* There are five hot laps in the Dodge Viper ACR to be won; see the team at Chrysler SRT for details.

* Six is the number of years Speedshow has been running and also the number of new motorbike brands represented this year. Expect the latest from Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Husqvarna, Suzuki, Victory and Yamaha.

* Six is also the total number of slot cars which can be raced on the massive Scalextric race track.

* A seven day luxury motor home holiday is on offer from the guys at OneDryWash; all purchasers are automatically entered in this great prize draw.

* Lots of V8s again this year – NZV8s, V8SuperTourers and hordes of V8-powered machinery!

* Nine o'clock is the time that the show opens both Saturday and Sunday. Remember, tickets are only available at the gate.

* Twelve new car marques – BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Holden, Honda, HSV, Mazda, Nissan, Suzuki and Volvo.

* It's safe to say that at 13 metres in length, the Jetblack concept car is the longest vehicle on display this year.

* Twenty-seven centimetres is the world record for the tightest parallel park set by Drive Stunt’s Peter Bell last year; he's demonstrating his incredible stunt driving abilities in the arena over the weekend.

* Number 47 graces the door of the championship-winning Ford V8SuperTourer of star driver John McIntyre.

* Fifty years of national hot rod shows are being celebrated by the New Zealand Hot Rod Association at this year’s show.

* The University of Auckland Formula SAE Team is offering 52 prizes in their fund-raising raffle to help students compete in Australasian single seater race car challenge.

* Sixty genuine leather Harley-Davidson jackets create a highly desirable prize draw; visit the Harley-Davidson stand to find out how to enter.

* Seventy-one stunning hot rods and custom vehicles are on show in the NZHRA 50th anniversary hot rod show.

* Seventy-two inches marks the size of the wrap-around display in the Alienware Pod where it's free to try the world's most powerful gaming systems on Dell’s Area 51 desktop system.

* 150 cool cars are expected to rumble into the ASB Showgrounds in the Meguiar’s Car Crazy charity cruise around 11am on Sunday.

* Are there 200, 300 or more vehicles at this year's show? To be honest, there are too many to count!

* A speed of 420.429 kmh was the new world record for an open class motorcycle set Richard Assen on the A-Ward Attachments' Suzuki Hayabusa on the Bonneville Salt Flats last September. The team and their striking red machine will be present.

* Five hundred $150 gift vouchers are on offer from Wyndham Resort Vacations.
 
* The Honda CBR600 is the machine of choice for stunt rider extraordinaire Nic Kroeze.

* Worth $695, the BMW driver training day on offer at the Jerry Clayton BMW display is going to make someone really happy.

* 800 horsepower of thrust has to be kept under control by Go Fast Jet Pack pilot Nick Macomber as he flies around the live action arena twice over the weekend.

* 1000 mph is the ultimate goal for Jetblack, the New Zealand-led world land speed record challenger.

* It's worth $1400 and all you have to do is visit the Ford stand to go in the draw to win a Sony XAV701BT 7 inch panel monitor car audio system.

* 1959 is the year that one particularly special race car - the Cornis-Offenhauser Indy car - was built in California. It's now owned by an Auckland, New Zealand collector after being restored by accomplished American sprint car driver Lynn Paxton.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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