Whaleoil Racing Team: The Whalemobile lives

Hey look, it’s an Orcar!

Well, we’re off tomorrow,? a small convoy of Queenstowners and friends heading south to Invercargill making our way to the ceremonial start which is at 4pm Monday in Queens Park. This will be a great place to see all the cars so, if you’re in the area and are looking for something cool to do on Labour day, we hope to see you there.

Before the start, all vehicles have to be scrutinised to ensure that they are up to spec safety wise and carry all the required equipment. As a part of our role in this Targa my co-driver and I will be on hand to assist with fitting all the required decals, GPS tracking units etc. so we will be very busy on Monday.

I’m glad that I have managed to get my car ready with a couple of days to spare so there is no rush for me. As you can see above, the car is looking absurdly good with its new Whaleoil? and Whalemeat logos and very realistic Killer Whale stylings!

This sticker gives me at least 7 more horsepower.

Once we get down to Invers, all drivers and co-drivers also have to go through documentation; it is checked that everyone has the right licences, insurance etc. and they are then given their goodie-bag containing their route book, maps, gifts etc.

I’ll be looking forward to trying some Octane Coffee that our own Oiler Steve Kay has generously gifted to all the Targa participants. Cheers Steve. If you want to try some for yourself, check out Octanecoffee.co.nz and he can ship some out to you easy-peasy. It never hurts to support your fellow Oilers.

Octane Coffee Roasters, Queenstown.

Maps are now out for the event and you can find them all here on the Targa NZ website, showing all the stages etc. There are also special maps showing where the best spectator viewing spots are. The spectator map for the first day is below.

Come and join us and see some of the coolest race cars in NZ

And more big news for Rally fans.

Kiwi WRC star Hayden Paddon. Credit: WRC.com

We’re happy to hear that we will also have Hayden Paddon joining us for part of Targa. He is set to do promo duties including hooning his crazy 600hp AP4 Hyundai i20 over the Crown Range in what I believe may be an attempt to get a new record time, and also to show off the new i30N Hyundai at Highlands Motorsport Park.

Hayden Paddon’s Hyundai i20 AP4 Photo credit: Paddon Motorsport MA Media

On?Tuesday we head through Wyndham, Gore, Ettrick and back to Invercargill via the Catlins Coast Rd. This road is one of my favourites with a great mix of roads, surfaces and views.

Catlins Coast Rd stage 2014

And, to finish off this update, I give you a wee video of New Zealand’s Fastest Hairdresser’s Car, thrashing its way up and over the Crown Range from Arrowtown to Cardrona, complete with gratuitous handbrake slides, some swear words, and even a jammed accelerator pedal!

Quote of the day: “Is it even a handbrake slide if there’s no one there to see it?”

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