Maniototo, Day 5 – When History gets Personal

I was told to stand in the middle of the Ranfurly Motor Camp and turn through 360degrees. “See all those Peaks and Ranges” said Greg Carroll from the Otago Recreational 4WD Group, “well we are going to get you to the top of all of them by the end of the week!” And they did!!! The third...


Mazda CX-5 Takami is Worth Getting to Know

It’s not new, but it’s a bit understated and flies under the radar, so when you add the trim designation ‘Takami’ after CX-5, you lose most people right there. Which is a bit of a shame really, because when Mazda dropped the Turbocharged 2.5 litre SkyactivT motor into the CX-5, they...



Team ‘Manic Cow’ Win 2020’s ‘Battle of the Palace’

Like most forms of Motorsport around the world, the New Zealand Winch Challenge scene has suffered badly through the Covid pandemic, with the South Island Series cancelled, and most North Island events postponed or cancelled. One venue to buck the trend was the Far North’s Possum Palace...


Hall and McCall: “Bringing racing to the people”

WORDS AND IMAGES BY MARK BAKER: VERITAS COMMUNICATIONS  A 13 year epic tale of passion, dedication and perseverance will be completed at the end of 2020 when Auckland’s newest race circuit is opened. Runciman’s Kevin Hall and Manukau racer Tony McCall – both offroad racing national...


Volvo say Technology can Reduce Distraction

Volvo Cars safety experts say: use technology to support drivers and reduce distraction The rise of smartphones and touch screens inside cars has sparked a growing debate around the dangers of distraction behind the wheel. But Volvo safety experts say that distraction is a fact of life...



Throw Back Thursday – 2013 Top of the South Winch Challenge

Bogs, Boulders and Boys at the Top of the South Challenge! WORDS AND PICS BY LUCY JACKSON  Broken drive shafts were the order of the day at the first round of the 2013 Mainland Winch Challenge Series. The event was held at Mt Riley Farm over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, and saw trucks from...