Thunder set to hit Pukekohe next weekend

Above: Bruce Anderson’s pristine 1969 Ford MustangMach 1 Replica will be just one of the many incredibleV8 Muscle cars competing in GT Radial Thunder in thePark next weekend (Photo: Matthew Hansen).

Above: Bruce Anderson’s pristine 1969 Ford MustangMach 1 Replica will be just one of the many incredibleV8 Muscle cars competing in GT Radial Thunder in thePark next weekend (Photo: Matthew Hansen).

That time of year is upon us, when crowds of New Zealand motorsport fanatics descend on Pukekohe Park Raceway to enjoy their annual Thunder in the Park experience.

Thunder in the Park brings the widest variety of club motorsport from across New Zealand to Pukekohe for an actionpacked weekend of nonstop bumper to bumper racing. This year’s event is all about the Muscle, with rumbling V8s filling an exciting proportion of the weekend, as entrants from the Central, Production and Northern Muscle Car Clubs take to the grid.
Bang-for-buck Thunder in the Park is every petrol head’s dream weekend, with an adult weekend pass costing just $20 (available at www.thunderinthepark.com or at the gate).
In true Thunder in the Park style, this year’s event is free for under 16s making it a great opportunity for young petrol heads to get up close with some of their most admired race cars.
This year’s event not only offers great value for money with over 250 cars in action; an extended Saturday timetable takes twilight racing right into the evening with 6 x 33 minute races from the 2K Cup giving fans an extra injection of hair-raising racing.
While seasoned fanatics gravitate towards classes like Central Muscle Cars, the meeting also caters towards some of New Zealand’s most talented up and coming drivers, with classes like Formula First and the Pro 7s (a series specifically for rotary-powered Mazda RX7s) representing an excellent cost-friendly channel for young drivers to establish themselves and learn more about the sport.
Thunder in the Park can be seen as a nod to New Zealand’s rich motorsport history, with models of race car from almost every significant era of Kiwi racing fronting up for an event which cannot be missed. “We’ve worked hard to ensure that there’s a class of racing for every type of fan with our young guns and future of Kiwi Motorsport in the single seaters, through to the beautifully presented V8 Muscle Cars, and can’t wait to see everyone back at Pukekohe Park raceway next weekend,” Event Manager, Deborah Day states.

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