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The Haka Classic Rally

30 October to 25 November 2016

A spectacular, 5354km competition on the North and South Islands of New Zealand
The Haka Classic - 2016

The Event

Over 26 days in October and November – spring in the southern hemisphere – the Haka Classic Rally explored the majestic landscapes of New Zealand. As with all Rally Round events, this was designed to be more than just a competition for vintage and classic cars, although there were certainly plenty of exciting challenges for rally experts and novices alike. Experienced Clerk of the Course Peter Rushforth and Deputy CoC Rhys Nolan plotted a fabulous 5354km route from Auckland to Christchurch, featuring an amazing variety of world-class attractions and insights into the country’s fascinating culture, not least its rich motorsport heritage.

With relatively short daily driving distances and a variety of special excursions, there was ample time to relax and savour the whole experience, time to enjoy the most luxurious accommodation the country has to offer, to eat and drink and laugh, to make and strengthen friendships or simply to stand and stare at some of the world’s most awe-inspiring wonders, from the unalloyed brilliance of the Milky Way to rare wildlife, lush temperate rainforests, strange volcanic landscapes, active glaciers, deep lakes and dramatic mountains. Unmissable destinations included the Forgotten World Highway and Whangamomona, Milford and Doubtful Sound, Lake Wanaka, Hamner Springs, Franz Josef Glacier and Lake Taupo, not to mention several locations chosen to represent Middle Earth in Sir Peter Jackson’s movie interpretations of Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit tales – a trip to Hobbiton was just one of many event highlights. Of course the country is rich in real history too, from Maori legends to the memories of latterday explorers, pioneers and settlers, and indeed the lives of all who make New Zealand what it is today.

Proving that you don’t need to be a rally expert to win, overall victory was eventually secured by Australian novices Justin Gan and David Hart. Driver Justin had competed in closed-road targa-style events in Australia before, but never in a regularity rally, while navigator David had no previous rally experience at all. All the more remarkable, then, that having taken the lead on Day 11, the 1969 Porsche 911T crew were never seriously challenged, and won by a margin of almost two minutes. Second overall were early rally leaders Gerd and Birgit Buhler in their 1938 BMW 327/28 Sport Coupe, who kept pushing to the end and were rewarded with top honours in the vintage category. Third overall were classic 1970 Ford Escort Mexico crew Tracey and Hayden Burvill, and we must also applaud Dorothy Caldwell, at 98 the world’s oldest rally navigator, who guided son Alastair to seventh place overall in their 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III. To unanimous approval the Spirit of the Rally Award was presented to John and Ginny Horton, who participated wholeheartedly in every aspect of the event and remained ever cheerful and positive even when their big Cadillac DeVille let them down. The Coupe des Dames Award naturally went to Annette Abaci and Julia Edwards in the 1931 Invicta, and a special Sparklimg Performance Award was given to Michael Eatough and Morgan Roberts in recognition of their achievement in amassing 254 penalties for early arrival on the final regularity section of the rally.

Congratulations are due to every single competitor – especially the novices – who successfully negotiated the thrilling route from Auckland to Christchurch, much of it on challenging gravel roads and sometimes in very poor weather – they even escaped a major earthquake! You may re-live the adventure via our rally blog – click the button below – and you can peruse the results in full at the bottom of this page.

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*Entry List

NoDriver / Co-DriverCarEngine Size (cc)Category
1Erich Hoop / Alice Hoop (LIE/AUT)1926 Bentley 3 .02996Vintage
2David Berks / Barbara Berks (GBR/CAN)1929 Chrysler 754600Vintage
3Annette Abaci / Karl Heinz Estar / Julia Edwards (GBR/DEU/GBR)1931 Invicta S-Type4467Vintage
4Rudi Friedrichs / Helga Friedrichs (DEU/DEU)1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL 2300Classic
5Karl Schafer / Stephanie Schafer (DEU/DEU)1934 Rolls-Royce 20/253700Vintage
6Michael Wilkinson Anne Wilkinson (AUS/AUS)1937 Alvis Speed 25 SA4387Vintage
7Gerd Buhler / Birgit Deymann-Buhler (DEU/DEU)1938 BMW 327/28 Sport Coupe1971Vintage
8Jorg Lemberg / Christian Lemberg (DEU/DEU)1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC
4973Classic
10Adrian Shooter / Barbara Shooter (GBR/GBR)    BLOG1952 Bristol 4011971Touring
11Walter Knunz / Birgit Knunz (AUT/AUT)1955 Mercedes-Benz 220a2195Classic
12Louis Lemberg / Isabel Peil (DEU/DEU)1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E1997Classic
14Jacqueline Pohl / Niklas Pohl (DEU/DEU)1962 Mercedes-Benz 280SL2778Classic
15Alastair Caldwell / Dorothy Caldwell (GBR/GBR)1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III6230Classic
16Andreas Pohl / Nathalie Pohl (DEU/DEU)1965 Mercedes-Benz 220SEB2180Classic
17Robert Peil / Gabi Peil (DEU/DEU)1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL2297Classic
18Justin Gan / David Hart (AUS/AUS)1969 Porsche 911T3200Classic
19John Horton / Ginny Horton (USA/USA)1965 Cadillac DeVille7030Classic
20Tracey Morris / Hayden Burvill (GBR/AUS)1970 Ford Escort Mexico1585Classic
21Jan van Gemert / Marion Huijbregts (NLD/NLD)2016 Ford Mustang2261Touring
22Michael Eatough / Morgan Roberts (GBR/GBR)1966 Mercedes-Benz 230S Fintail2778Classic

Final Results

 

Overall Winners

Justin Gan & David Hart, 1969 Porsche 911T

Classic Category Awards

1st – Justin Gan & David Hart, 1969 Porsche 911T

2nd – Tracey Morris & Hayden Burvill, 1970 Ford Escort Mexico

3rd – Rudi Friedrichs & Helga Friedrichs, 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL

Vintage Category Awards

1st – Gerd Buhler & Birgit Deymann-Buhler, 1938 BMW 327/28 Sport-Coupe

2nd – Michael Wilkinson & Anne Wilkinson, 1937 Alvis Speed 4.3 SA

3rd – David Berks & Barbara Berks, 1929 Chrysler 75

 Coupe des Dames

Annette Abaci & Julia Edwards, 1931 Invicta S-Type

Sparkling Performance (Early Arrival) Award

Michael Eatough & Morgan Roberts, 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230S Fintail

Spirit of the Rally Award

John Horton & Ginny Horton, 1965 Cadillac DeVille

 

The results table below has been ordered to group competitors by Class (Vintage, Classic & Touring)

NoDriver / Co-DriverCar (Class)PenaltiesPosition
Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 7Day 8Day 11Day 12Day 13Day 14Day 18Day 20Day 21Day 23Day 24Day 25Day 26TotalClassO/A
1Erich Hoop / Alice Hoop (LIE/AUT)1926 Bentley 3.0 (V)138605956009008224167918005553207437831041473378407107512
2David Berks / Barbara Berks (GBR/CAN)1929 Chrysler 75 (V)6905230011027979248102492735301031711116036
3Annette Abaci / Karl Heinz Estar / Julia Edwards (GBR/DEU/GBR)1931 Invicta S-Type (V)840030054252724018001080498381642563894633721271182786012410
5Karl Schafer / Stephanie Schafer (DEU/DEU)1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 (V)850911791804807207207201080840480117615601560720144072011211613
6Michael Wilkinson Anne Wilkinson (AUS/AUS)1937 Alvis Speed 25 SA (V)44074236142143016334236988742326461297025
7Gerd Buhler / Birgit Deymann-Buhler (DEU/DEU)1938 BMW 327/28 Sport Coupe (V)122009246421312820115812519253721968412
4Rudi Friedrichs / Helga Friedrichs (DEU/DEU)1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL (C)5708614069341119712154484324161915579534
8Jorg Lemberg / Christian Lemberg (DEU/DEU)1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC (C)
2226036600180015561718001800180018001800180018001800180018001800232901218
11Walter Knunz / Birgit Knunz (AUT/AUT)1955 Mercedes-Benz 220a (C)1696072060090024018943018008832832128201323738406761711
12Louis Lemberg / Isabel Peil (DEU/DEU)1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E (C)7360156001865619296018001080721424914401800180018001800130971117
14Jacqueline Pohl / Niklas Pohl (DEU/DEU)1962 Mercedes-Benz 280SL (C)4200152600222123346837970242625818001800180018001800118801016
15Alastair Caldwell / Dorothy Caldwell (GBR/GBR)1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III (C)10160888614022452484050412761105146475019152047
16Andreas Pohl / Nathalie Pohl (DEU/DEU)1965 Mercedes-Benz 220SEB (C)253602924172552686499581091243601331440180018001800180011312814
17Robert Peil / Gabi Peil (DEU/DEU)1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL (C)32801114772439838056854189100773321440180018001800180011597915
18Justin Gan / David Hart (AUS/AUS)1969 Porsche 911T (C)119001791715592376126261736261151411
19John Horton / Ginny Horton (USA/USA)1965 Cadillac DeVille (C)214014840437581286559357660660012390372623314369
20Tracey Morris / Hayden Burvill (GBR/AUS)1970 Ford Escort Mexico (C)730102261831397192312128518142515577623
22Michael Eatough / Morgan Roberts (GBR/GBR)1966 Mercedes-Benz 230S Fintail (C)8501543792231872179483421814238543244254178558
10Adrian Shooter / Barbara Shooter (GBR/GBR)1952 Bristol 401 (T)-------------------N/AN/A
21Jan van Gemert / Marion Huijbregts (NLD/NLD)2016 Ford Mustang (T)-------------------N/AN/A

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside – Car 1, the 1926 Bentley 3-litre of Erich & Alice Hoop, at Cape Foulwind