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May 14, 2024

Targa 09 – Nov 2009

Seven days of Racing in our Trusty Pulsar including

44 speed stages.  1000km of stage Kms including 4 Racing circuits plus 2000 km touring.

A huge number of memorable incidents and memories, too many to list. But briefly for now.

Day 1 Cruised and had small class lead

Day 2 Careful again. Class lead out to 1 minute

Day 3 Went for it. Stormed thru 40km Whangamomona stage in Taranaki and pulled out 1 min on this stage alone. Class lead out to 3 Mins.

At night I had started a bout of gross Vomiting and Diarrhea from food poisoning or what ever which lasted for 2 days. Did not eat for 3 days. Not Nice.

Everybody did a great job of mothering me thru this including my daughter Louise.

Day 4 Went Ok until Oil Gauge went low reading 20 PSI at 8000 Rpm. Cruised from then on. Lead down to 19 secs. Problem was faulty Gauge.

Highlight of Day was going to see my grand daughter Sophie at her school on a touring stage in Kiwiteah north of Fielding.  

Day 5 Still not fully healthy and a few minor issues. Lost our lead.

Day 6 Everything good. Ready to attack and win our class. Half way thru 1st 6 Km stage our oil light came  on again, so went easier. Still won our class by nearly 1 sec a  Km. Not sure what the problem was, so cruised thru the rest of the last day and finished 3rd on the road in our class.

Not quite the result we wanted.

On the Plus Side.

 A fantastic  Challenge and adventure.

 Learnt a lot about endurance of our car and engines and our selves

 Crew. Roger Mark and CG rose to all the many and different challenges and were Great.

 A huge number of funny and memorable moments too many to list.

 Peter my Codrivers ability to keep cracking wise jokes absolutely amazing. Never a dull moment. Except he goes Quiet for a while after he makes a mistake.

Yes will do it again. But not for a couple of years because there too many other things to do in the next 2 years.

And preferably in the latest Nissan GTR ( dreams are free )

Thanks to absolutely everyone who helped to make this adventure a reality.

This Email Funny comes from Darren Richards, our Brake  GURU.

Cheers. The old Knackered Driver.

MANLY BBQ….IS…… A Man’s Grill!

We are about to enter the BBQ season. Therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking activity . When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following chain of events are put into motion:

(1) The woman buys the food.
(2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert.
(3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill – beer in hand.
(4) The woman remains outside the compulsory three meter exclusion zone where the exuberance of testosterone and other manly bonding activities can take place without the interference of the woman.

Here comes the important part: 

 More routine…..
(6) The woman goes inside to organise the plates and cutlery.
The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is looking great. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he flips the meat 

 Important again: 

 More routine…
(9) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces, and brings them to the table.

(10) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes. 

 And most important of all:
(11) Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts. 
 (12) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed ‘her night offand, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there’s just no pleasing some women!