Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Legacy to Live on through Bourne Jr This Weekend

Legacy to Live on through Bourne Jr This Weekend

The son of late rally legend Possum Bourne will step out this Saturday to compete in his first ever rally - giving tribute to his father participating in the Possum Bourne Memorial Rally held in and around the Franklin and North Waikato Districts for its tenth consecutive year.

Behind the wheel of a Subaru Impreza WRX obtained specifically for his rally debut, Taylor Bourne (18) will co drive alongside step father and MP for Rodney Mark Mitchell to follow in his father’s tracks - the area made famous for rallying on a world stage by Possum during the 1990’s and throughout the peak of his career.

Taylor’s Subaru - a 2012 WRX coupe has been put together by none other than Pukekohe’s own Possum Bourne Motorsport and has been “tricked out” says Taylor to suit the demands of rallying. “She’s no slug” says Taylor “but the priority will be on finishing this rally and enjoying every moment of it. I’ve got a bit of time left yet for testing our new toys pace.”

When asked what convinced Taylor to compete in the iconic memorial rally, Taylor mentioned that it was actually his step-father Mark that suggested the idea. “I’ve never actually done any kind of formal tribute to my late father, but seeing as this is the 10th anniversary of his passing, as well as the rally itself we decided together and as a family that it was a fitting thing to do” says Taylor.

All of this, confirmed in discussion following a morning’s Motokhana at the Pukekohe Car Club at an event held in nearby Tuakau some 2.5 weeks ago. Not fitting with the usual preparation required prior to a rally, the family banded together and quickly called on friends, family and contacts to not only find a suitable race vehicle, but obtain the correct licences in order to be able compete legally, bring sponsors on board and everything else required to get Taylor and Mark to the ceremonial start in Pukekohe’s King Street at 7am.

Taylors Mother, Peggy Bourne said “it’s been an absolute mission, but a very, very humbling few weeks to see and feel the support coming in for Taylor and the family from every direction.”

“Knowing the emotion that will be involved for everyone on Saturday, we think it’s an amazing thing to be part of not only for Taylor, but for everyone who has ever had a direct or indirect connection to Possum.”

Supported has been poured in for Taylor’s campaign from new and old sponsors such as CRC, Subaru New Zealand, McDonalds Orewa, Chicane Racewear, Glasurit Paints, Agility logistics, Northern Arena, Caltex, PBM and Hella. All of which have come on board in the short space of time it has taken Taylor to realise Taylors his calling.

“I am extremely proud, but would be lying if I said it wasn’t all a bit nerve racking” says Peggy. “With that though, the sheer admiration for Taylor’s personal tribute to Possum and overwhelming amount of support from everyone around us has superseded most of the nerves.”

“There’s no pressure on Taylor this weekend, it’s about having have fun.”

The Vantage Possum Bourne Memorial Rally will take place this Saturday as the fifth round of the New Zealand Rally Championship. For more information on the rally and for spectator viewing point visit www.pbmrally.co.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Eddie Izzard: UK Comedy Legend Returns

Hailed as one of the foremost stand up comedians of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion Icon... February 2015, Eddie Izzard will bring his massive FORCE MAJEURE world tour to New Zealand with tickets going on sale at 10am on Tuesday 28th October. More>>

Festival Starts 28 Oct: Improv Fest Makes Up New Show

For any other festival, finding out less than two weeks from showtime that half the cast of a programmed show can’t make it to New Zealand would be a nightmare. Instead, the New Zealand Improv Festival Director Jennifer O’Sullivan saw an opportunity ... More>>

NZ Music Awards Finalists: Lorde, Sol3 Mio Top 2014 Tuis Charge

Lorde has taken the music world by storm during the past year and she co-leads the 2014 Tui charge with five finalist spots. Joining her is newcomer family opera trio, Sol3 Mio. They are followed closely by Ladi6 and David Dallas, both up for four awards each. More>>

From 'Luther' Creator: Major New Zealand Crime Series For BBC

Libertine Pictures and writer Neil Cross have teamed up with leading international TV producer Carnival Films to develop a major new crime series set in Rotorua. Libertine will develop the contemporary drama series with Carnival, producer of internationally-acclaimed British period drama Downton Abbey, for the BBC. More>>

ALSO:

Family Statement: Death Of Ewen Gilmour

“Ewen was a much loved and cherished member of our family, he was a larger than life character and by his very nature was kind, generous and always giving of his time to those who asked for his help." More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: St. Jerome's Laneway Festival - Line-Up Announced

Traversing seven cities and three countries, the festival has well and truly settled into its home in each state. From the grassy knolls and towering silos at home in Auckland, to the sparkling backdrop of the Maribyrnong... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: No Longer An Island

Simon Nathan reviews 'Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed': The idea that New Zealand is part of a large submerged continent is not new... There was renewed interest in the extent of offshore New Zealand from the 1970s onwards with the start of offshore drilling for oil and gas, and this was given impetus by a UN agreement which allowed countries to claim an Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). More>>

Art: Simon Denny Recreates Kim Dotcom’s Personal Effects

Who owns what? How has the internet changed our relation to the world? These are two of the many questions Simon Denny raises in the latest exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, opening on Saturday 4 October. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news