The Haka Classic Rally
30 October to 25 November 2016
A spectacular, 5354km competition on the North and South Islands of New Zealand
Over 26 days in October and November – spring in the southern hemisphere – the Haka Classic Rally will explore the majestic landscapes of New Zealand. As with all Rally Round events, this is designed to be more than just a competition for vintage and classic cars, although there will certainly be plenty of exciting challenges for rally experts and novices alike. Experienced Clerk of the Course Peter Rushforth and Deputy CoC Rhys Nolan have 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 will be 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 include 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 is 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.
Rally novices Justin Gan and David Hart have scored an amazing overall victory in the 2016 Haka Classic Rally, which reached the finish line in sunny Christchurch on November 25, after 26 days and more than 5300km on the spectacular North and South Islands of New Zealand. Driver Justin has 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.
Indeed congratulations are due to every single competitor – especially the rally 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 daily rally blog, and peruse the results in full, by clicking on the buttons below.
|No||Driver / Co-Driver||Car||Engine Size (cc)||Category|
|1||Erich Hoop / Alice Hoop (LIE/AUT)||1926 Bentley 3 .0||2996||Vintage|
|2||David Berks / Barbara Berks (GBR/CAN)||1929 Chrysler 75||4600||Vintage|
|3||Annette Abaci / Karl Heinz Estar / Julia Edwards (GBR/DEU/GBR)||1931 Invicta S-Type||4467||Vintage|
|4||Rudi Friedrichs / Helga Friedrichs (DEU/DEU)||1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL||2300||Classic|
|5||Karl Schafer / Stephanie Schafer (DEU/DEU)||1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25||3700||Vintage|
|6||Michael Wilkinson Anne Wilkinson (AUS/AUS)||1937 Alvis Speed 25 SA||4387||Vintage|
|7||Gerd Buhler / Birgit Deymann-Buhler (DEU/DEU)||1938 BMW 327/28 Sport Coupe||1971||Vintage|
|8||Jorg Lemberg / Christian Lemberg (DEU/DEU)||1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC||4973||Classic|
|10||Adrian Shooter / Barbara Shooter (GBR/GBR) BLOG||1952 Bristol 401||1971||Touring|
|11||Walter Knunz / Birgit Knunz (AUT/AUT)||1955 Mercedes-Benz 220a||2195||Classic|
|12||Louis Lemberg / Isabel Peil (DEU/DEU)||1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E||1997||Classic|
|14||Jacqueline Pohl / Niklas Pohl (DEU/DEU)||1962 Mercedes-Benz 280SL||2778||Classic|
|15||Alastair Caldwell / Dorothy Caldwell (GBR/GBR)||1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III||6230||Classic|
|16||Andreas Pohl / Nathalie Pohl (DEU/DEU)||1965 Mercedes-Benz 220SEB||2180||Classic|
|17||Robert Peil / Gabi Peil (DEU/DEU)||1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL||2297||Classic|
|18||Justin Gan / David Hart (AUS/AUS)||1969 Porsche 911T||3200||Classic|
|19||John Horton / Ginny Horton (USA/USA)||1965 Cadillac DeVille||7030||Classic|
|20||Tracey Morris / Hayden Burvill (GBR/AUS)||1970 Ford Escort Mexico||1585||Classic|
|21||Jan van Gemert / Marion Huijbregts (NLD/NLD)||2016 Ford Mustang||2261||Touring|
|22||Michael Eatough / Morgan Roberts (GBR/GBR)||1966 Mercedes-Benz 230S Fintail||2778||Classic|
Oh we do like to be beside the seaside – Car 1, the 1926 Bentley 3-litre of Erich & Alice Hoop, at Cape Foulwind