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Whaleoil Racing Team: The Whalemobile lives

Hey look, it’s an Orcar!

Well, we’re off tomorrow,  a small convoy of Queenstowners and friends heading south to Invercargill making our way to the ceremonial start which is at 4pm Monday in Queens Park. This will be a great place to see all the cars so, if you’re in the area and are looking for something cool to do on Labour day, we hope to see you there.

Before the start, all vehicles have to be scrutinised to ensure that they are up to spec safety wise and carry all the required equipment. As a part of our role in this Targa my co-driver and I will be on hand to assist with fitting all the required decals, GPS tracking units etc. so we will be very busy on Monday.

I’m glad that I have managed to get my car ready with a couple of days to spare so there is no rush for me. As you can see above, the car is looking absurdly good with its new Whaleoil  and Whalemeat logos and very realistic Killer Whale stylings! Read more »

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Whaleoil Race Team’s new friend Murph, in a RHD Camaro!

Murph will pilot the latest RHD Camaro on promo duties

Well as I alluded to in the last couple of Whaleoil Racing Team posts, I am now pleased to let you all know about an exciting addition to the Targa team.

We finally have confirmation that the one and only Greg Murphy, racer extraordinaire, will be coming to play with us again. But this time he will be hooning in the latest weapon from General Motors in Australia, the newly re-manufactured Camaro in right-hand drive.

Holden’s performance arm, HSV are undertaking the switching of the cars to RHD, but it’s going to be a pretty rare beast on this side of the ditch with only 35 allocated here. They are being snapped up, despite their price tag which is a little over $100k.

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ExPFC, ex lots of things. Husband to a great woman. Father to great kids. Traveller, teller of tall tales, wannabe capitalist property magnate. I’m a passionate user of fossil fuels, a proud Kiwi, Ford over Holden, Indy over F1, V8’s over everything else.

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Opinion: Jami-Lee Ross is a broken man

GRAHAME COX/STUFF
Soon to be ex-National MP Jami-Lee Ross.

I have found it very interesting to see and read how people are reacting to the Jamie- Lee Ross/Bridges kerfuffle.

Many commenters have voiced an opinion one way or another, with the recent poll here on Whaleoil showing 65% agreeing that they believed Bridges was telling the truth (at time of writing).

Interestingly a similar poll run on the AM Show the same morning showed the opposite, with more people believing Ross. I guess that says something about viewership and political leanings.

What has surprised me the most is people saying that Bridges handled his press conference well. I guess they must have been watching a different press conference to the one I watched. In case you missed it, here it is again. Read more »

ExPFC, ex lots of things. Husband to a great woman. Father to great kids. Traveller, teller of tall tales, wannabe capitalist property magnate. I’m a passionate user of fossil fuels, a proud Kiwi, Ford over Holden, Indy over F1, V8’s over everything else.

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Bruce the wandering whale can’t wait to go racing!

Bruce the Wandering Whale getting keen.

Well, it’s been a big couple of weeks getting ready for the upcoming Targa rally, and Bruce the Wandering Whale is keen to come along for the ride! It has been lots of work getting the old Mustang ready and then I had a bombshell that my co-driver, our own oiler HR, had life conspire against him forcing him to withdraw. So cue much fretting but it’s okay, I’ve wrangled in my plumber, what could possibly go wrong? Read more »

ExPFC, ex lots of things. Husband to a great woman. Father to great kids. Traveller, teller of tall tales, wannabe capitalist property magnate. I’m a passionate user of fossil fuels, a proud Kiwi, Ford over Holden, Indy over F1, V8’s over everything else.

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Would you watch women only car races?

New Tatuus W Series race car

After reading Christie’s recent post regarding equal funding for Paralympians, I came across an article that got me thinking, on motornews.co.nz

It seems that ex-Formula 1 driver David Coulthard and a few others have come up with the idea of creating a brand new international single-seater series that will be only for women. The idea is that it will help females reach Formula 1.

The new championship will be named the ‘W Series’ and will use Tatuus F3-spec cars, and will have a prize pool totaling $1.5 million. I’m presuming that will be US dollars so this is pretty big in the racing world. Quote.

The winner of the category will earn $500,000 to help fund her next step up the racing ladder to F1.

The six-round W Series will launch in May 2019 and feature 30-minute races in Europe, with one round to he held in the UK. Expansion in Australia, Asia and the Americas is expected longer-term.

Those hoping to compete will not have to bring sponsorship, but will have to prove their ability through a selection process to ensure the grid is full of the best talent possible.

Judges will include Coulthard, former F1 team manager Dave Ryan – who is the series’ racing director – and designer Adrian Newey, who is an advisory board member. End quote.

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ExPFC, ex lots of things. Husband to a great woman. Father to great kids. Traveller, teller of tall tales, wannabe capitalist property magnate. I’m a passionate user of fossil fuels, a proud Kiwi, Ford over Holden, Indy over F1, V8’s over everything else.

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Ministry of Transport Chief Science Advisor doesn’t own a car!

Simon Kingham, Chief science advisor to the MoT. Photo credit: Joseph Johnson, Stuff

Good grief, what is it with this government? Why must they put rabid greenies into every position?

Meet Simon Kingham, your new Chief Science Advisor to the Ministry of Transport.

A man who hasn’t owned a personal car since the 1990’s!

You would think that someone who is tasked with supplying scientific advice to the Ministry of Transport might have even the slightest interest in the biggest mode of transport that New Zealanders use, namely road transport; you know, cars and trucks and stuff like that.

Stuff recently had an article on Mr Kingham that highlighted for me exactly what direction your Socialist, Labour-led, minority government is heading in.

To employ someone like Kingham for what can only be described as an influential role within the governmental transport sector really is taking the mickey. So let’s see what your taxpayer funded ‘scientist’ thinks about things. Quote.

“Ultimately you’re trying to get to the point where there are no carbon-based cars at all,” End quote.

Right, so only cars made out of wind perhaps? Quote. Read more »

ExPFC, ex lots of things. Husband to a great woman. Father to great kids. Traveller, teller of tall tales, wannabe capitalist property magnate. I’m a passionate user of fossil fuels, a proud Kiwi, Ford over Holden, Indy over F1, V8’s over everything else.

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Satirical image of the day

I was thinking about this image the other day and realised it reminded me of something.

Can anybody tell me where I parked my van?

Then I clicked. Read more »

ExPFC, ex lots of things. Husband to a great woman. Father to great kids. Traveller, teller of tall tales, wannabe capitalist property magnate. I’m a passionate user of fossil fuels, a proud Kiwi, Ford over Holden, Indy over F1, V8’s over everything else.

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Crybaby of the week: Note Snow sports can be dangerous

Snowflake snowboarder now scared of snow! Photo credit: Debbie Jamieson; Stuff

How’s the state of this whinger?

Stuff recently had an article on this crybaby who seems to have no idea that snow can have obstacles hidden under the smooth fluffy whiteness.

It seems that Mr Binns was partaking of a little rest and recreation back on August 1st up at the Remarkables Skifield near Queenstown. While boarding down a black run called Homeward Bound, our poor snowflake seems to have hit something that was under the snow.

He doesn’t know what it was that he hit, but given that the Remarkables range is a massive lump of jagged rock, he naturally assumed it was a steel fence post!

And what’s more, he thinks the skifield should pay compensation! What is it with Millenials? Everything is always someone else’s fault. Quote.

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ExPFC, ex lots of things. Husband to a great woman. Father to great kids. Traveller, teller of tall tales, wannabe capitalist property magnate. I’m a passionate user of fossil fuels, a proud Kiwi, Ford over Holden, Indy over F1, V8’s over everything else.

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Apparently snowflake millennials make hopeless cops, who knew?

Police’s Tasman District Commander Mike Johnson. Photo credit: Luz Zuniga from Stuff

In an interesting article on Stuff recently I was surprised to find a Police District Commander actually telling it how it is. Surely he will be censured, is it still legal to be non-pc in the Police?

New police recruits who have grown up in the internet age, with social media, emails and comment sections, struggle with face-to-face confrontation on the beat, Tasman’s police boss says. End quote.

District Commander Superintendent Mike Johnson said, quote.

 Millennial rookies were ill-equipped for encounters with criminals and drunk or drugged people as they entered police training. End quote.

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Whaleoil Race Team gearing up

Finish line at Havelock North.

Well, it’s been a busy week for me gearing up for Targa.

I have been carrying out the route book checking all over the lower South Island since Monday and we covered about 2500kms over four days, all the while checking distances, ensuring instructions were accurate, re-writing routes where necessary etc.

It is quite unbelievable how much work behind the scenes goes into planning a big event like Targa.

Targa can’t operate without volunteers, there are around 1500 volunteers involved in various aspects throughout the week and the months leading up to it. And it really is a pretty big deal for the towns we stay in. Targa will bring over one million dollars in spend to the towns we travel through and stay at for each day of the event.

This year we are looking at having in excess of 150 vehicles of all descriptions competing in the three different categories, being the Vintage Car Club rally, the Targa Tour where HR and I will be one of the midpoint officials, and the Targa race proper.

The amazing array of different vehicles is really something to behold. The oldest car in the event, running in the VCC rally, is a 1929 Rolls Royce Phantom! There are plenty of other cool cars such as a 1956 Jag XK140, a couple of E Types, MG’s, Escorts etc and even an Austin 1100! Read more »

ExPFC, ex lots of things. Husband to a great woman. Father to great kids. Traveller, teller of tall tales, wannabe capitalist property magnate. I’m a passionate user of fossil fuels, a proud Kiwi, Ford over Holden, Indy over F1, V8’s over everything else.

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