RALLY DRIVERS TO PARADE ALONG QUEEN STREET. The profile of New Zealand's major motorsport event will have greater public exposure following the decision to parade the world's best rally drivers along Queen Street before the Rally New Zealand. ...
RALLY DRIVERS TO PARADE ALONG QUEEN STREET.
The profile of New Zealand's major motorsport event will have greater public exposure following the decision to parade the world's best rally drivers along Queen Street before the Rally New Zealand. The event will continue to be centred on Manukau City, New Zealand's third largest and most cultural centre, situated 20 kilometres south of Auckland City.
"We will continue to be closely associated with Manukau and the rally centre, the headquarters and nerve centre for the whole event will again be at the Auckland Airport Travelodge," said the Clerk of the Course, Graeme Roberston.
"But the mass of population in the Auckland down town area who will view the lunch time precession will lift the profile and recognition beyond the traditional and supportive population throughout Manukau", he said.
World Champions such as Colin McRae and Carlos Sainz are better known than Formula One drivers and teams.
The Rally in New Zealand is portrayed as the "Formula One of gravel" and attracts the largest spectator following of any sport in a country of 3.5 million.
"It is estimated that more than 200,000 people view the rally at some point along it's 1,500 kilometre length," said Clerk of the Course, Graeme Robertson. "The number of spectators finding vantage points in some of New Zealand's more remote back country areas continues to amaze our organisation," He said.
"But it is important that New Zealand get to see these world rally stars without their helmets on and an open car perade down New Zealand's busiest commercial street is an ideal starting point," he said.
The Organisers will also continue with the Rally Show at Manukau City, which is also the location of Scrutineering, the Start Ramp and the Super Special Stage.
"The Rally Show and Scrutineering will take place on Friday 24 July while the day culminates in the first special stage at the specially prepared, side by side, at the back of Rainbows End fun park," he said
The Super Special Stage will be used again at the end of the first full day's rallying on the Saturday.
"Again this is an excellent opportunity to take the event to the public and increase the profile and interest in the rally,' he said.