enthusiasts from the northern hemisphere and so it has proved, with very
few places now remaining on November’s Haka Classic Rally (October 31 – November 25). Our latest entry is RM Auctions specialist Annette Abaci in her splendid 1931 Invicta S-Type, pictured above at the recent 74th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood. We are also pleased to welcome former McLaren F1 team manager Alastair Caldwell, who grew up in New Zealand and hopes that his 98-year old mum, Dorothy Caldwell
will once again take the navigator’s seat of his 1963 Rolls-Royce
Silver Cloud, as she did on our 2014 Road to Mandalay Rally.
Liechtenstein, Road to Mandalay competitors Erich and Alice Hoop have also signed up with their 1926 Bentley 3-Litre, as have Walter and Birgit Knunz from Austria, driving the 1955 Chevrolet Pickup that the Hoops piloted in Burma. Another Austrian entrant is Justin Gan in a targa rally-prepared 1969 Porsche 911T while from the Czech Republic we have Petr Uhlir and Petr Kejdus in a 1967 Jaguar Mk2.
We already have two great entries from the USA, Professor Steven Harris and Hayden Burvill and John and Ginny Horton (cars TBC), and several from the UK including David and Barbara Berks (1929 Chrysler 75), David Royds and Natasha Newman (1917 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost) and Adrian and Barbara Shooter (car TBC). From Germany we are pleased to welcome back our old friends Gerd and Birgit Buhler (1931 BMW 327/28), along with Karl and Stephanie Schafer (1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25), Jorg and Petra Lemberg (1938 Lagonda LG 45 Rapide), Georg Lemberg and Isabel Peil (1960 Porsche 356B Roadster) and former Great South American Challenge participants Andreas Pohl and Robert Peil, this time co-driven by Jacqueline Pohl and Gabriele Peil respectively. Andreas’ enthusiasm is evidently infections, for his daughters Nathalie and Nicola Pohl have entered a car too (TBC, when the family decides who should drive what!).
Our Clerk of the Course will be the highly experienced Peter Rushforth, supported by Deputy CoC Rhys Nolan, who
has already plotted a fabulous route from Auckland to Christchurch,
exploring some of Earth’s most spectacular landscapes and visiting an
amazing variety of world-class attractions, from race circuits to
aircraft museums, fantasy movie sets and fantastic natural phenomena,
not to mention a range of optional rest-day activities. To check the accuracy of the road book we recently drove the entire 5,354km route again; it has changed slightly from that originally outlined in the event brochure and you
may read a detailed recce report via the link on our website event page, where you can also enter the event via an online form – click here.
The Haka Classic will include excursions to
wildly beautiful and remote locations, so the number of crews we can accommodate is strictly limited. If you want to join us, please contact
us as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!