Queenstown Auto Extravagaza going ahead this weekend

Queenstown Auto Extravagaza going ahead this weekend

Some of the most extravagant vehicles in NZ have headed south for this weekend’s 2011 Queenstown Auto Extravaganza (Friday 25 – Sunday 27 February).

There will be a mind-blowing collection of 400 racing, street, classic, supercars and ‘cars of style’ which have been driven or specially transported into the region for the three-day biennial event, which aims to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.  Among thousands of auto-enthusiasts expected to take part is racing pro Jonny Reid.

Queenstown Auto Extravaganza Chairman Miles Wilson said excitement was building as more stunning cars arrived daily and supporters and sponsors rallied around in preparation for the weekend.

“Cars have been coming in thick and fast and each seems to come with an incredible story*,” he said.  “The indoor Vincent Holdings ‘Salon of Style’ (Saturday 26) and NZ Motor Racing exhibition alone lists an 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB, 2009 James Bond Aston Martin DBS Volante, 1957 Mercedes 300SL, 2007 8c Competizione Alfa Romeo Super Car and a brand new 2011 Mercedes Benz SLS Gull wing.

“Famous historical race cars include the McLaren Elva M1B, PDL Mustang 1 and a 2003 Dodge Charger Kasey Kahne Nascar among some 30 motorsport cars for its event.

“The Rilean ‘What’s in you Garage?’ public car show (Saturday 26) has drawn in beauties from around the country such as a 1973 Jaguar E-Type, 1923 Ford T-Bucket and a 1960 Corvette fuel-injected Convertible.

“The range of models is just fascinating, covering a broad spectrum of cars across the motoring era. There are some real specialty pieces in the line-up, from hand-crafted hot rods to totally un-roadworthy ‘supercars.”

Former New Zealand Grand Prix winner and Formula Ford Champion Jonny Reid will attend the event as a guest speaker and ambassador for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. He will drive a Porsche GT3 race car in timed sprints against the clock for Sunday’s (27 February) QT Rides’ Eighth Mile Sprint, taking place in Dalefield.  Racing against him will be the 2007 8c Competizione Alfa Romeo Super Car, a Race stock 2010 Ford Focus RS 500, 2005 Ford GT Super Car and the McLaren Elva M1B among dozens of others.

“There’s probably no greater ride of your life than burning through the picturesque Queenstown Lakes against the clock,” said Mr Wilson. “The Eight Mile delivers just that, marking a fantastic finale to the weekend and promising spectators a ‘front row’ assault on all the senses as cars launch off the line with screeching tyres and roaring engines.

Queenstown Auto Extravaganza activities start on Friday 25 February with a 200-strong Evening Car Cruise to a mystery photographic location. On Saturday 26 the Rilean “What’s in your Garage?” outdoor public car show takes place alongside Queenstown’s first indoor Vincent Holdings ‘Salon of Style’ NZ Motor racing exhibition at the Queenstown Events Centre.  On Saturday night the Solid Gold FM Blues Party Night is followed on Sunday 27 with the QT Rides ‘Eighth Mile’ Car Sprint, racing some of the biggest and fastest cars from the show.

Those wanting to participate in the QT Rides Eighth Mile car sprint will need to register their car before the event and require a race approved helmet and road registered and warranted car for the timed sprint.  Arrival time is 7.30am at the Speargrass Flat Rd / Littles Rd intersection for registration. Cost to take part is $50.

To find out more about this weekend’s Queenstown Auto Extravaganza go to www.queenstowncarshow.co.nz

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