The Kiwi leg of this season’s Tasman Revival series kicked off at Hampton Downs last weekend – with the next opportunity to catch a taste of F5000 thunder being this coming weekend’s NZ Festival of Motor Racing celebrating Ken Smith.
Now aged 75, Smith is the defending SAS Autoparts MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series champion and is set to drive no fewer than five different cars over the three days of the Festival which this year’s celebrates his illustrious 59-year national level career.
As well as driving his usual Lola 332 in the 5000 races he’ll also be tearing around Hampton Downs in his Swift DB4 Formula Atlantic and a Formula Ford race-car as well as taking the famous Leyton House Formula 1 car out for a track demo.
Smith and Hampton Downs circuit owner Tony Quinn also plan to suit up some time during the weekend for a winner-takes-all ‘grudge match’ over membership of the circuit’s exclusive GT club in identical, three-quarter scale Aussie Racing Cars.
If Smith wins, Quinn will stump up with a complementary membership, if Quinn wins Smith will – like everyone else – have to pay for the privilege!
Check out our photos from the January 14/15th Tasman Revival meeting and if you couldn’t get out to Hampton Downs last weekend you simply can’t miss this weekend’s NZ Festival of Motor Racing.
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