Rally Round is delighted to announce that Peter Rushforth has been appointed Clerk of the Course for the thrilling Haka Classic Rally in New Zealand (30 October – 25 November 2016). With a competition history dating back to 1961 (including 14 WRC events) and long experience as a rally official, Peter has been Clerk of the Course or Deputy CoC on more than 50 events over the past 45 years, amongst them numerous rounds of the Motoring News and HRCR Championships. “I’m happy and honoured to be appointed Clerk of the Course on the Haka Classic Rally,” he says. “It will be my second outing with Rally Round, as I’m also marshalling on the Paris-Vienna in June, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve always wanted to explore New Zealand properly!” You can read more about Peter’s career on our website Team page.
Our local route designer Rhys Nolan, also a very experienced rally competitor and official, will act as Depty CoC in New Zealand, and his recce report on the spectacular 5,354km route from Auckland to Christchurch – with several improvements over that originally outlined in the rally brochure – is now available to read online on our Haka Classic page. Rally Round’s own David Wenman flew out to meet Rhys in New Zealand on February 15, and the two of them are driving the entire route again to ensure that the Road Book is 100 per cent accurate.
Meanwhile new Haka Classic entries continue to arrive at the Rally Round office; we are particularly 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 will once again take the navigator’s seat of his 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, as she did on our 2014 Road to Mandalay Rally. From Liechenstein, fellow 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 (pictured below). For more information on the entries received to date, visit the Haka Classic page.