Palmerston, NZ Team Championships

In the pits pre-meeting... the calm before the storm!

In the pits pre-meeting… the calm before the storm!


Once again we had a brilliant trip to New Zealand. Although it wasn’t our best result the team did GB proud.

On the Friday the throttle on the tank stuck open! This was the most painful incident I have ever encountered during my racing career, and I’m still on pain killers now. Still, I hadn’t travelled to the other side of the world not be be in the teams so I had to grin and bear it.

We managed to get through to the semis, and typically we drew Palmy! I think they would agree we gave them a hard race, with just one of their cars finishing, but this was still enough to put them through.

Danny proved that he’s going to be a top team racer in the future, and Ryan and Murray Harrison were fantastic! I really hope they are in the teams next year!

As always loads of people to thank:- everyone who sponsored us, Guy Parker, Scottie and Vicki and their wonderful team, Shane and Amanda Dorrell, Tony Mac, Sonja & Stan, Zoe signs for once again making the cars look mint, Bruce and Pauline, Frits and Reine the best Dutch mechanics ever! Plus everyone who mucked in one way or another. Roll on 2014!

Frankie

Frankie with his NZ ride.

Frankie with his NZ ride.


Removing the bonnet shows the 1200cc Datsun lump powering Frankie JJ's car.

Removing the bonnet shows the 1200cc Datsun lump powering Frankie JJ’s car.

Pre-championship display and scrutineering in the town centre. (Photo: Frits van Dis)

Pre-championship display and scrutineering in the town centre. (Photo: Frits van Dis)


Frankie's car getting a close inspection. (Photo: Frits van Dis)

Frankie’s car getting a close inspection. (Photo: Frits van Dis)


It was immaculate before the meeting.... (Photo: Frits van Dis)

It was immaculate before the meeting…. (Photo: Frits van Dis)


Emerson Smith, son of former legend Kev Smith (64).

Emerson Smith, son of former legend Kev Smith (64).


A proper haircut!

A proper haircut!