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The By’Gone Autos Race and Rally Team are hoping to turn a few heads in their BRO (By’Gone Racing Orange) Rover P6 this weekend at the Taranaki Tarmac Rally in New Zealand.

The distinctive Norbar Torque Tools backed Rover will make its third appearance on the Taranaki Tarmac, once again piloted by Mal Clark with Rod Peat riding shotgun. Although overall results have eluded the team, their first visit, in 2005, saw them set top ten stage times despite running ‘blind’ (No pace notes).

Last year the team returned, making the decision to try pace notes for the first time. Problems including a misfire dogged the team over the opening two stages before driveline failure ended their rally for good on stage three.

This year the team are seeded 18th, including such bragging points as being second seeded two-wheel drive, top seeded rear-wheel drive and top seeded English car, quite an honour for the oldest car in the field.

The car/driver combo has been seen in competition in Targa events and more recently at classic circuit racing events in the upper North Island, however Clark and Peat are both top rallying competitors from back in ‘the good old days’ and will be hoping to give their less experienced competitors a run for their money.

The By’gone Autos Race and Rally Team would like to thank their valuable sponsors, By’Gone Autos, Norbar Torque Tools and Penrite Oils, whose support keeps the old Rover out on the special stages rather than on display at MOTAT.

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