The Trofeo Series is a group of Alfa Romeo, Fiat & Lancia drivers who get together each year to race the wheels off Italian race cars of varying ages & characteristics in a contest that is fun, friendly, competitive and relatively affordable. Initially, the Series began as the Alfasud Trofeo Series, before expanding to accommodate other Alfa Romeo models, and more recently to include Invited Fiats, Lancias and other Italian marques.
The rules provide for classes to accommodate cars from a relatively standard specification, through to fully race prepared vehicles. The completion each Season (September to April/May) takes us to 6 - 8 rounds at the North Island tracks of Pukekohe, Hampton Downs, and Taupo. The competition format is a mix of scratch and handicap racing for Class and Overall Series points.
Trofeo Series drivers can be summed up in one phrase Cuore Spotivo!
Toorace Trofeo Series - HRC Dennis Marwood Taupo - 27/28 April - Taupo
And That's a Wrap of racing for the Season. But you won't find the Season results here just yet - we'll keep those for the Prizegiving once we've double checked all the data.
Another 4 seasons in one weekend round, with very pleasant conditions on Saturday; and deteriorating drizzle, showers, rain on Sunday which in the end resulted in the meeting being abandoned. A straw poll of our competitors in the Series had decided shortly before our last race that we preferred to call the season and leave with smiles on our faces.
So one dry scratch race on Saturday, and one very wet handicap class points race on the Sunday (unfortunatlely set on the dry times from Saturday given the number of cars that had not raced against each other in wet conditions, making the handicapper's job impossible to assess a different scenario while remaining fair to everyone. Although Mark Buchanan made the best of his lower horsepower and pole position to take out the win - to finish first, first he had to finish which he did showing an error free run. Congratulations Mark.
We welcomed invitees Glenn Watson and Bill Ritchie from Manawatu to the Series grid for the weekend, and we hope to see them back next season. We certainly enjoyed including them along with Joan & Graham Hilder at our Saturday night dinner - such an excellent evening that we completely forgot to take the obligatory group photo! (unless someone did when we weren't looking).
And so it is done. 2018-2019 is in the can. A selection of photos has been posted on Facebook by Pam Thomson, which we have shared to the Trofeo Facebook page. Enjoy the photos, Pam has again captured the spirit of the Series perfectly. Her track photography of the cars captures the passion we expend on track, and her pit photos capture the camaraderie each driver shares. If you would like high resolution copies of any of Pam's photos please let her know what you are wanting, she is able to supply non-watermarked files if you have a special project in mind.
And shortly after the meeting was abandoned, the rain naturally stopped - so we paused pack up and took a quick group shot... ah well...
'Nozzy' 1953 - 2019
Further to our March Update the Series lost one of its Bart von Geldern Best Supporter Award winners in February 2019 when Ross (Nozzy) Paterson died. Alfa News readers this month may have seen an abridged Obituary penned by our Series Drivers' Ray Shanks & Tina Glennie. With their kind permission, we are honoured to add their Tribute to our website, where it will be held as a permanent tribute to Nozzie's huge contribution to our Series culture for many years. It really is the people that matter.
Series points leaders after Round 6:
GTA: Darron Curphey
GT Junior: Aaron Woolley
Veloce: Chris Browne
Trofeo: Chris Hunkin
Handicap: Chris Hunkin
See our Facebook Gallery for photos from the Round from Pam Thomson, NZ Classic Racing, and overseas visitor Moses Tng.
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May Madness - AROC Club Event - 3 - 5 May 2019 Manfeild Motorsport Park
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Our First 4 Profiles
GTA Class: Eddie Beresford
GT Junior Class: Darron Curphy
Veloce Class: Tina Glennie
Trofeo Class: Chris Hunkin
Bart Von Geldern Best Supporters
Ross (Nozzie) Paterson 1953 - 2019 (Obituary)
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