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After the Big Event

Bothwell Loop rallysprint went smashingly, probably one of our best run & people came out in their droves to get into a bit of the rally action on March 20th.

A solid field of 61 descended into the valley, the opening rounds of both the Northern Rallysprint Series & the North Island Rally Series, it was a biggie event & it delivered.

The weather was favourable to the events organisers & the reverse direction course suited most bringing something new to the table. We hoped competitors enjoyed the new direction, a challenge to update the safety plan documentation for resubmission but well worth it to see people out there full throttle.

To start the day with a coffee cart parked by documentation, in the middle of the paddock, in such a rural setting, was nothing short of a miracle. Hallelujah Mike, thank you for organising that! So welcoming after a big drive to the event.

A real mix of our favourite competitors out in action on the day, PCC members were also flying the team flag enjoying the offerings of the road. The schedule was looking A OK by lunchtime, some having to double check which run they were on just to be sure. Testament to the drivers for staying on the road, an efficient day is always a good day. When it all comes together, events run very well & are enjoyed by all.

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to assist on the day, so many people are required to run these events, appreciation massive! Also huge gratitude to the residents for their support in allowing us to run on this road.

The event marked with a big tick, the team happy with the days efforts.

This is ClubSport rallying at it finest. Good timing as well, competitors using this event as a shakedown for Rally Otago. It all tied in nicely together & having the event used as rounds of the NRSS & NIRS, really beneficial. Both series acting as a feeder to develop todays drivers & get them competing through the ranks. NIRS particularly imperative to add to the north islands selection of clubman’s rallies, something we want to see more of.

Will this be a favourable direction for Bothwell Loop for the future. Well, we’ll just have to wait & see…


What a busy few weeks it’s been and it’s only getting busier!!

Firstly thanks to everyone for all their help with running Bothwell Loop Rallysprint, 61 entries was a fantastic field but also daunting to get everyone processed before drivers briefing at 9:00am. But we had a plan and everyone did their part to get the event underway on schedule. To see the first car off this line at 9:48 was so rewarding. I’m so grateful we have such a great team to work with and all the helpers that came along to help on the day, you are all absolute legends.

I will admit it is bloody hard work organising and trying to compete at the same time. From the early morning start setting up the timing gear and then Craig scrutineering the cars with his team of helpers and me running around making sure everything was in place sorting minor hiccups, took it’s toll on us both. With no time to get changed into our gear prior to reconnaissance we got back and seemed to be fighting to get ready in time for our first run. So a deep breath on the start line and a comment of lets just get through this run and regroup we headed off.

Making it back to the pits I was feeling a tad queezy, but I no sooner get out of the car and it was Houston we have a problem, minor issue with numbers which saw me running around the pits trying to work out what had happened. A quick drink and it’s time to go again. This time we are crossing the finish line and I’m seriously feeling very queasy, the belts are undone and the helmet off as fast as possible and the window down to get fresh air!! I wonder why am I feeling so bad this year, I know I usually get a tad queasy but this was on another level!! Was it the fact it was soooo damn hot, or the running in reverse direction with the downhill twisty stuff at the end? I then realise that neither Craig or I have eaten anything that morning, so lessons learnt!! But a huge thanks to Catlin Chubb for sitting in with Craig on the last run as I was done for the day after run 3!!

So it was nice last weekend heading off to the forest for round 2 held by South Auckland Car Club and not having to worry about anything other than making sure we turned up to the start line on time!

Friday night saw the committee take the residents of both Bothwell Loop and Limestone Downs out for a relaxed get together at Nikau Caves Cafe to say thank you for letting us use their road non stop since 2016.

It was great meeting so many of the residents and getting feedback from them as road damage is always forefront in their minds as well as the Committees. We are trying really hard to ensure we are proactive to get them the best possible out come after the events, because lets face it without the support of the residents we don’t have a venue. We’d also like to thank Rallydrive NZ for putting up two hot seat rides for us to give away to the residents. You’d have thought we rigged the draw with one going to a resident on Bothwell and the other Limestone Downs.

Our next big push will be for our Rally, so watch this space for more info but we’d also like
to look at providing some clubsport basic events so if anyone has ideas on venues please let us know.

This weekend saw Craig and I head off to the Ellerslie Car Show along with our fellow Heron Car Club members. Seen as our Heron is still a work in progress we took the Stratos along “identifying” as a Heron. It was great catching up with many PCC Members past and present who were there also. Luckily
the weather played ball and the rain stayed away although getting a tad chilly by the end of the day. Hat’s
off to the MX5 club for an awesome stand it was my favourite!!

How many of these are owned by PCC members???
MX5 Car Clubs Stand
Stratos “Identifying” as a Heron

Next stop a bit of glamping as a belated birthday getaway and then round three of the Rallysprint Series – Piakonui Road on Sunday.

Until next time.



He’s a man of many talents Steve Goodare. He would treat anyone to an absolute show burning through rallysprint courses, leaving no part of the road unscathed. His driving style the envy of most. Bothwell Loop did unfortunately bite back in 2020 leaving the Nissan Sunny looking a little worse for wear.

We heard ‘no more rallying’ and all collectively gasped. With a whole lot of TLC & them some, the Nissan Sunny is back & looking better than ever.

But not destined for back country gravel roads, Steve has recently been competing in the Taupo GTRNZ GT3-4 series & showing just what rally drivers can bring to the table. Coming in 2nd equal place with Ben Goebel in the GT3-4 race, hats off Steve, job well done! Jump on board with Steve below for a couple of laps in car ..

We still get treated to three wheel driving action even if its on a race track now. Good luck Steve as we watch the ex rally car unveil itself further as an undercover track monster.


Welcome back Mike Wheatley! Its great to see you back out in the action.

The orange Ford Escort Mk2 RS was right back at home flying down the gravel roads on offer lately. With Anthony Tusa in the codrivers seat, this team have so far competed in both rounds of the 23′ Northern Rallysprint Series.

We wish them luck & hope to see them out at further NRSS rounds. Go team orange!

Its great to see our favourite cars back in action but equally to see new generations of co-drivers being inducted to the sport. Parents un-weave the bubble wrap & ensure rally helmets are safety affixed, their offspring fizzing as they launch into action & leave the start line in a cloud of dust. Noel Miller, also with grandson Tyler at the NRSS round 2 at Maramarua Forest who looked every part the professional co-driver.


There is another car out there, in the garage, awaiting it’s debut. Allan Greer’s Ford Escort Mk2 Sport will be back out on show soon to blow out the cobwebs, we hear. No doubt countless hours have been spent in the shed, preparing the escort for its return. The pride of any man; his home/castle, his family, his mancave & his RACECAR.

*Variation in order may differ.*

Al’s s an integral part of the Club, usually seen at the start line with partner in crime Colin Walker. Hours spent assisting start line crews has given Al the push to get back out there & get back into it.

Excellent news & absolutely cant wait to see Al back out in action again.


What an amazing day/night celebrating (Peter) Possum’s 20th Anniversary on 8th & 9th April.

7 of his iconic cars were on display at the Pukekohe Cosmopolitan Club on Saturday 8th. It was an opportunity to reminisce, share great stories & many catch-ups for old friends.

Also 40 years since he first started with Subaru, so just added to the event.

The loyal team & supporters then went into Pukekohe main street to his commemorative spot with 2 of his special cars & paid tribute to the iconic legend. This was followed by a team dinner & a very special gathering at his burial spot.

1990 – 2023


The rally community is still in shock on hearing the recent passing of Craig Breen in a testing incident in Croatia.

Breen, the son of Ray Breen, a national champion in Irish rallying, died on 13 April 2023, aged 33, after a crash driving his Hyundai i20 N Rally1 rally car in a testing session for the 2023 Croatia Rally.

A deeply sad time in the rally world.

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Great Kiwi pic recently circulating – nice work boys!

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