February 10, 2011 by  
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Powercruise is the top modified car event in Australia and New Zealand, which has now expanded to the United States. This thrilling event sees fans driving their cars alongside modified street machines, drag cars, hot rods and imports. Other highlights of the show include powerskids, drifting, off-street drags, burnouts, show ans shine, Miss Powercruise and so much more. Powercruise was created so that auto fans could do what they’re not allowed to do on the roads.

Date: 22 to 24 July 2011
Venue: Brainerd International Raceway
City: Brainerd
State: Minnesota
Country: United States of America

Bruce McLaren

February 9, 2009 by  
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Bruce McLaren is a renowned name in the world of auto racing. A fantastic driver, F1 Grand Prix winner, top racing designer and manufacturer, Bruce McLaren was both talented and resourceful, leaving a legacy that will no doubt remain for decades to come.

Bruce McLaren was born on 30 August 1937 in Auckland, New Zealand. Unfortunately at the age of 9 years McLaren was hospitalised due to a serious medical condition which resulted in his left leg being several inches shorter than his right leg requiring him to spend two years in traction. When he turned 16 years of age Bruce McLaren’s father purchased a car for him and in 1952 he entered a hill-climb event, coming in second place. He studied engineering during which time he took part in a number of events, and by the age of 20 McLaren was auto racing in open wheelers and Cooper-Climax sports.

Bruce McLaren met with a wonderful opportunity in 1958 when he won a spot to go racing in Europe. His success in Formula 2 led to an offer by Cooper to join the Formula One team. He truly impressed all in his debut year and was made team leader in 1962. Unfortunately, his team’s cars were not quite up to the standard of BRM and Lotus. McLaren founded Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd in 1964 but stuck with Cooper until the end of the 1965 season. McLaren modified a Cooper chassis and raced to victory in the Tasman Series. Later he purchased a Zerex which he improved with an Oldsmobile engine. From then on he began racing in the USA. In 1966 the first McLaren car was designed by Robin Herd. Bruce MacLaren was the winner at the Le Mans 24 hours that year. 1968 saw the arrival of the impressive Cosworth engine, and with this new power McLaren and Denny Hulme stood a chance at gaining F1 victories which they did in Canada, Italy and Belgium. McLaren made his 100th start in 1970 at Monaco. Sadly on 2 June 1970 he lost his life in an accident at Goodwood whilst testing a new McLaren CanAm. McLaren’s name lives on today with his company and team still very active in the sport. He certainly did much to develop technology in motorsports and his legacy will not be forgotten.

Auto Racing: Rally Racing, A Sport of Time

August 14, 2006 by  
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Rally Racing is a sport where the driver is more focused on navigation and time than speed. Generally, a team of two, one driver and one navigator, compete in a series of stages. These stages take place in all driving conditions from extreme off road to friendly highways. Those who complete the stages most accurately will achieve the best time, thus winning the competition.

In many of these rallies, these teams participate in a reconnaissance run. During this run, the team will become familiar with the course and note any and all situations throughout the course. Things such as sharp turns, jumps, and hazards will be noted and referred to from navigator to driver during the race.

The largest rally is the World Rally Championships. These competitions are a series of stages throughout Europe, and in the past stages have taken place in Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Australia. The race is over off-road courses and street avenues and features a trophy for team and manufacture performance. Since there are two awards a team can win there can be different winners for each category. Although this is rare, it has happened. In 2003 the team from Subaru won the team competition while Citroen won the trophy for the manufacture category.

One of the more interesting rallies is the Mongol Rally. Participants of all levels meet in London, England in a car of limited power and function. Each team is given the choice of various routes to make it to Mongolia. The race travels through Russia and the Middle East. It makes for a very challenging and exciting time for each team.

For those who love the open road or a challenging course, check with a local car club. Many of these rallies are organized by grass roots car clubs and are more than willing to welcome you to their society.