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

 


VINZ back International Rally of Whangarei

26 February 2014

VINZ back International Rally of Whangarei

Backing the 12-13 April opening round of the 2014 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), the International Rally of Whangarei will be New Zealand’s premier vehicle safety testing operation VINZ.

With a 20 year history of operation VINZ inspects, tests, and certifies new and used vehicles to ensure they comply with New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) regulations – the same regulations that apply to each and every car competing in the event.

As the only FIA international category rally event held in New Zealand for 2014 it brings a number of offshore cars that all need to be Warrant of Fitness (WOF) compliant before they can compete.

The weekend competition covers 595km, including 14 special stages in both the Far North and Whangarei regions – using roads revered for their flowing nature and cambered style.
Teams travel to and from each of the closed sections of road needing to abide by the same road rules and regulations as any other road user.

“We’re thrilled to have VINZ extend their support to the backing of this international event, which will further their profile as an automotive business with a sporting synergy,” says Laurie Brenssell, chairman of the VINZ International Rally of Whangarei organising committee.

VINZ, with their distinctive yellow and red colour scheme, also back three-time rally winner Hayden Paddon and the New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC), which provide much of the event’s competing field.

Additionally; the 2014 VINZ International Rally of Whangarei will include round one of the 2014 New Zealand domestic Top Half Rally Series – in a subsidiary field that will follow after the internationally eligible cars.

Starting and finishing from Whangarei, a new feature for 2014 will be the Saturday night Hella Pohe Island Super Special Stage being held at the William Fraser Memorial Park.

Activity starts on the Friday afternoon with a rally show and ceremonial start (early evening) at the Cameron Street Mall in the centre of Whangarei. The following morning competitors head north of Whangarei to a loop of all new stages. A return to Whangarei at midday to the events central service park at the Quayside Town Basin provides great access for the public to view the cars and crews up close.

The afternoon’s competition includes a repeat of two of the morning stages followed by another new test at Tapui that uses 20km’s of winding gravel road. The teams then return to Whangarei for service before two runs at the night time spectator special stage.

An early start from Whangarei on Sunday 13 April will see teams head to classic rally stages including Brooks which finishes at the famous jump over the railway bridge, a photographer and spectators favourite.

A mid-morning service back at the Quayside Town Basin Service Park in Whangarei, followed by a repeat run of the morning three stages completes the 241 kilometres of competitive distance of the event.

The victory celebrations and podium presentation will take place from 3:00 pm at the marina’s edge of the Quayside Town basin area, to complete the eighth annual running of the International Rally of Whangarei.

Full event details can be found on the website www.rallywhangarei.co.nz or follow the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Rally-of-Whangarei/182079691824879?ref=stream

About VINZ:
VINZ was originally established as a co-operative in the early 1990's by a large group of New Zealand motor industry people. It is now a privately owned company.

Its purpose was initially to provide services to the mushrooming used vehicle import industry, motor dealerships and their customers and provide competition in the market.

As an NZTA appointed Transport Service Delivery Agent for over 20 years, VINZ service has expanded with changing legislative and operational requirements.

They established a nationwide agent network - with major partnerships in main centres - to handle inspection of large bulk shipments of vehicles. This structure minimised the need for capital investment by VINZ and enabled the faster processing of vehicles from the arrival ports to the motor vehicle dealers' sales yards.

VINZ do Warrant of Fitness (WOF) and Certificate of Fitness testing (COF for commercial vehicles), vehicle appraisals and inspections, exhaust emission testing, driver and vehicle licensing, and road user charge collection.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Ray Columbus: NZ Music Icon Passes Away

60s New Zealand music Icon Ray Columbus has passed away peacefully at his home north of Auckland... Ray Columbus enjoyed more than three decades at the top of NZ entertainment as a singer, songwriter, bandleader, music manager and TV star. More>>

Review: Bernard Herrmann's Scores For 'Vertigo' & 'Psycho'

Howard Davis: The NZSO's adventurousness was richly-rewarded, as the deeply appreciative Wellington audience was given the opportunity not only to see a couple of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films, but also to hear fine renditions of two of Bernard Herrmann's most accomplished film scores. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Leonard Cohen

If Bob Dylan owned the 1960s, Leonard Cohen was an inescapable presence during the early 1970s period, pre-disco and pre-punk. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Pick And Camera

Through the eyes of a miner – the photography of Joseph Divis: The occupations of miner and photographer are seldom combined. The conjunction must have been very rare indeed in the era before hand-held cameras, high-speed film and flashlights More>>


Howard Davis: Review - The Cosmic Dance Of 'String Theory'

Fly My Pretties sixth album is quite possibly their best yet - a concept album in the best sense, with superb arrangements, funky grooves, and some great vocalizing, all organized around the lyrical leitmotif of string theory. More>>

Non-Natural History: Dinosaur Eggs 'Discovered' At Auckland Gardens

Auckland Botanic Gardens plant curators have unearthed what are thought to be prehistoric dinosaur eggs in the Gondwana Forest section of the expansive garden in Manurewa... In fact, the “dinosaur eggs” are part of an innovative, larger-than-life dinosaur performance and display featuring a raptor, a crested therapod and a towering Tyrannosaurus Rex. More>>

For The Birds: Kōkako Crowned Bird Of The Year

The Kōkako has been crowned New Zealand's Bird of the Year after two weeks of close competition and heated campaigning. More>>

ALSO:

  • Greening the Red Zone - Bird of the year heats up: kōtare concedes, backs kea
  • Image Out-Link - Giselle Clarkson on Twitter
  • Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Culture
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news