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NZTA seeks SH2 safety ideas

Posted on 27th Mar 2017 15:52 | By Anonymous Author

The New Zealand Transport Agency is inviting people to have their say on a shortlist of ideas to make State Highway 2 between Waihi and Tauranga safer and more reliable. People will have the chance to review the shortlist and also their say on proposed...

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Carter breaks through for podium finish

Posted on 27th Mar 2017 11:18 | By Anonymous Author

The outstanding performance by Bay of Plenty’s Rhys Carter this season must surely be an inspiration to the amateur racers of the world. Racing for the 3Twenty3 Kawasaki Racing Team, the 27-year-old Carter, who makes ends meet by working as a...

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Tauranga drifter wins Club Circuit

Posted on 27th Mar 2017 07:14 | By Anonymous Author

Cole Armstrong has one hand on the 2016–’17 Demon Energy D1NZ National Drifting Championship after winning the penultimate round of the Pro Series at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park. Armstrong’s victory in his V Energy backed Nissan Skyline...

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Tauranga student triumphs in motorsport

Posted on 26th Mar 2017 10:45 | By Ryan Wood ryan@thesun.co.nz

He’s only 17-years-old, but Tauranga lad Jordan Grant has already made an impression in the world of motorsport. The Otumoetai College student recently placed first in the junior category of the 2017 Motorsport NZ ClubSport Championships earlier...

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Parking system goes paperless

Posted on 26th Mar 2017 08:30 | By Anonymous Author

From April 3, Tauranga’s pay and display machines will start being upgraded to a paperless system. Customers will need to enter their licence plate number when paying at the new machines. The machine sends this information to Tauranga City Council,...

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Will's Beach Hop adventure

Posted on 25th Mar 2017 16:00 | By Rosalie Liddle Crawford rosalie@thesun.co.nz

Will Wilson and his father Jeff Wilson set off from Tauranga this morning to motor up to the Repco Beach Hop event in Whangamata. They didn’t make it very far. Driving his prized 1973 Holden Kingswood V8 with a Chevy 454 motor, Will had Jeff’s...

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Expect delays on SH2 at Te Puna

Posted on 25th Mar 2017 08:04 | By Anonymous Author

Motorists travelling on State Highway 2 north of Tauranga are being warned to expect delays as work on the Te Puna roundabout continues this weekend. The two-lane roundabout replaces the Te Puna Minden Road intersection, and the New Zealand Transport...

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Just in time for Beach Hop

Posted on 24th Mar 2017 15:23 | By Ryan Wood ryan@thesun.co.nz

Tauranga car enthusiast Keith Sawyer would have been breathing a sigh of relief on Wednesday morning, after getting his 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Coupe road-certified. The warrant of fitness and registration came through at 8.30am, meaning he could...

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Deter thieves and support local patrols

Posted on 24th Mar 2017 14:23 | By Anonymous Author

Tauranga South Community Patrol members will be out in force in part of Tauranga Crossing’s carpark this weekend. But not for the reason you think – the group will be installing tamper-resistant screws to number plates for people wanting...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 24th Mar 2017 11:46 | By Anonymous Author

March 24-26: Beach Hop – Whangamata Beach Hop offers everything you love about classic cars and caravans – and much more. With three days left there’s car shows, car cruises, Rock ‘n’ Roll dancing, a petrolhead vintage market,...

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Crash leaves car on side in Tauranga

Posted on 23rd Mar 2017 15:54 | By David Tauranga david@thesun.co.nz

UPDATED 4.15PM: A vehicle was left on its side after clipping a parked car on Edgecumbe Road in Tauranga. Senior constable Chris Hills says the sole occupant of the car walked away uninjured from the crash between Fifth and Sixth avenues which occurred...

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SH25A Kopu-Hikuai Rd 50th anniversary

Posted on 22nd Mar 2017 13:41 | By Anonymous Author

This week marks a significant milestone in the history of one of Coromandel Peninsula’s key access routes. On a very wet day, 50 years ago, a ceremony was held to open 29 kilometres of state highway that connects the towns of the east- Tairua and...

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The pull of the Beach Hop

Posted on 22nd Mar 2017 13:01 | By Anonymous Author

Wild horses couldn’t keep Nigel Hanmore and his new Mustang away from the Beach Hop this weekend. The Whitianga local has taken possession of his new pride and joy, a 1969 Ford Mustang 351 cu in. convertible, just in time for today’s opening...

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Drifter wants to up his game

Posted on 21st Mar 2017 07:44 | By Anonymous Author

After a stellar return to the Demon Energy D1NZ National Drifting Championship at round four of the series, Andrew Redward will look to use his circuit experience to go one better at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park over March 25-26. After an extended hiatus...

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Hundreds ride for charity

Posted on 19th Mar 2017 15:25 | By Ryan Wood ryan@thesun.co.nz

More than 200 motorcyclists rode from Papamoa Plaza to Tauranga Hospital today as part of their fundraising event for the TECT rescue helicopter and St. John Ambulance. Organised by the Tauranga Ulysses Motorcycle Club, the ‘toy run’ also...

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Boy knocked off bike after school

Posted on 17th Mar 2017 16:46 | By Anonymous Author

Police say the driver who knocked a Maungatapu Primary School pupil off his bike after school today is not at fault. The child suffered scrapes and received treatment by St John Ambulance staff at the scene. The accident was at the intersection of Sunset...

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Porirua forest to test enduro elite

Posted on 16th Mar 2017 17:55 | By Andy McGechan Author

It looks like it might be Groombridge versus Macdonald contest all over again in the New Zealand Enduro Championships. Bay of Plenty’s Brad Groombridge was locked in a battle with Canterbury’s Hamish Macdonald and Howick’s Liam Draper...

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Putting the brakes on Waitangi speed

Posted on 16th Mar 2017 09:47 | By Anonymous Author

There’s a proposal to put the brakes on in the tiny township of Waitangi on the eastern fringe of Te Puke. The plan is to reduce the speed limit through Waitangi by 20km/h for safety reasons – from 70km/h to 50km/h. The township sits on Te...

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Crash on SH29 Poike

Posted on 15th Mar 2017 18:33 | By Anonymous Author

A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital following a crash with a car near on SH 29 near the Poike this evening. The crash happened about 5.45pm. The rider is believed to have suffered leg injuries. The northbound lane was blocked for a short time while...

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Tauranga Ulysses getting ready to rumble

Posted on 14th Mar 2017 16:58 | By David Tauranga david@thesun.co.nz

Get your motor running and head out on the highway because the annual Tauranga Ulysses Motorcycle Club Charity Easter Egg & Toy Run is roaring back into life. Now into it’s 26th year, hundreds of motorcycles will rumble through the streets of Papamoa...

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Stung by their own silliness

Posted on 14th Mar 2017 07:00 | By Anonymous Author

They’re worldly wise, have been travelling for years. But at the same time the Chilean cousins are a little naïve and now they’re slapping themselves. “It’s so terrible and so sad,” says 31-year-old Chilean visitor...

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Drifters call for Baypark return

Posted on 10th Mar 2017 10:20 | By Anonymous

Some of New Zealanders top drifters want to return to ASB Baypark Stadium for another run at the specially-made concrete D1NZ National Drifting Championship circuit.For the first time, the stadium’s infield housed all of the action on February 24-25...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 24th Feb 2017 10:18 | By Anonymous Author

March 11: Champion of Champion Sprint Car Series – BayparkBaypark Speedway offers the final round of the Champion of Champion Sprint Car Series with the best drivers from throughout the North Island racing for the overall series title. Also racing...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 16th Dec 2016 10:48 | By Anonymous Author

February 24-25, 2017: The 2016-2017 Demon Energy D1NZ National Drifting ChampionshipRound three of the championship will see Tauranga’s ASB Baypark Stadium transformed into a drift circuit, giving fans the closest possible drifting experience. The...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 1st Dec 2016 14:59 | By Anonymous Author

February 10-11: Ministocks in Paradise – Rotorua From 6pm-10pm both days competition for the unofficial NZ – or MIP – title for the Youth Ministock Drivers will unfold. Entries number are around the 180-mark and they’ll travel...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 7th Oct 2016 09:50 | By Anonymous Author

October 9: The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride – Tauranga One day each year, thousands of Distinguished Gentleman and genteel lady folk in cities worldwide – including Tauranga – press their cravats, starch their tweed and sit astride...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 9th Sep 2016 10:50 | By Anonymous Author

Bay events:September 24: Tauranga Street Machines & Customs 39th anniversary car show Held in conjunction with Greerton Cherry Blossom Festival, car-lovers can park their beauties on Chadwick Rd. The event is free for car entries and show-goers. Chadwick...

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Are safer cars cheaper cars?

Posted on 2nd Sep 2016 11:03 | By Anonymous Author

Bay of Plenty motorists should be able to purchase safer vehicles at every point in the market according to a new survey that tracks the performance of 266 models.The newly-released 2016 Used Car Safety Ratings guide, which is based on extensive real...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 26th Aug 2016 11:03 | By Anonymous Author

Bay events:August 27: Driver Experience 2016Hosted by Alfa Romeo Owners’ Club Bay of Plenty at Taupo Motorsport Park. The non-competitive event is designed to appeal to everyone wanting or needing track time, from newcomers to experienced racers....

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Muscles and motors

Posted on 19th Aug 2016 11:06 | By Anonymous Author

If it’s been on your wish list for years – or banging around in your head for the last five minutes – gentleman, now is your chance to jump in a car and race!The Ford Muscle Car Club of NZ’s annual Taupo Track Day is on Sunday,...

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Rare vehicles wanted

Posted on 12th Aug 2016 11:37 | By Anonymous Author

The Motor Trade Association is celebrating 100 years by hosting its largest ever motoring event on Wellington’s waterfront next April – and its calling on New Zealand’s most spectacular and diverse vehicles to enter a public exhibition.Wellington’s...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 12th Aug 2016 11:32 | By Anonymous Author

Bay events:August 27: Driver Experience 2016Hosted by Alfa Romeo Owners’ Club Bay of Plenty at Taupo Motorsport Park. The non-competitive event is designed to appeal to everyone wanting or needing track time, from newcomers to experienced racers....

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Parking where others can’t

Posted on 12th Aug 2016 11:31 | By Anonymous Author

Subaru drivers can now lock in the weekend of August 20-21 for the annual Subaru Top Weekend at Turoa Ski Field. The Subaru Top Weekend ensures Subaru drivers can park where others can’t, with the top 200 carparks reserved for Subaru drivers of...

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Phil is ready for last round of NZRC

Posted on 29th Jul 2016 11:29 | By Merle Foster merle@thesun.co.nz

Phil Campbell didn’t win back his home crown at the Tauranga Clubman’s Rally on July 17. But claiming second place has given him a confidence boost ahead next month’s last round of the New Zealand Rally Championship. Currently, in ninth...

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Taking Brits to the Beach – really!

Posted on 29th Jul 2016 11:29 | By Anonymous Author

Whangamata’s Brits at the Beach festival is gearing up for this September – but this year cars will be lined up at a new location.Main organiser Colin McCabe says the original site at Williamson Park posed a problem this year – the facility...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 29th Jul 2016 11:16 | By Anonymous Author

July 30: NZ Toyota GT-Four Owners Club Meet-up & Car ShowThe event is celebrating the NZ Toyota GT-Four Owners Club’s second birthday and encourages GT-Four fans or owners to come along to GEA Process Engineering, 8 Fisher Crescent, Mount Wellington,...

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Treasure hunt wheels out bounty

Posted on 15th Jul 2016 11:02 | By Merle Foster merle@thesun.co.nz

A motorcyclists’ treasure hunt in the Western Bay of Plenty last month has given back to a charity providing 24/7 emergency medical assistance on the same roads the riders wheel out their fun.Bayride Motorcycles was expecting about 60-80 riders...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 15th Jul 2016 10:46 | By Anonymous Author

Bay eventsJuly 17: Tauranga Clubman’s Rally Motorsport Bay of Plenty’s highlight event of the year sees 50 cars in five classes race a course of 80km on mostly gravel at TECT All Terrain Park, on forestry roading, plus public roads nearby...

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Phil’s battle to retain crown

Posted on 15th Jul 2016 09:36 | By Merle Foster merle@thesun.co.nz

Phil Campbell hasn’t had the best year rallying – but he’s hoping to redeem himself on home turf at this Sunday’s Tauranga Clubman’s Rally, which he has won for the last two years.Hosted by Motorsport Bay of Plenty, 50 cars...

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David’s drive to win championship

Posted on 1st Jul 2016 12:19 | By Anonymous Author

Tauranga’s David Holder is driving into Rally Gisborne tomorrow with a six-point lead up his sleeve in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Inset: David Holder. Above: The Mount Maunganui rally driver’s Stadium Finance...

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