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Ford to be celebrated at 2025 Taupō Historic GP

DATES have been announced for the 2025 Taupō Historic GP, which will pay tribute to Ford.

Next year’s edition of the event will take place on January 11-12 at Taupō International Motorsport Park, where the Repco Supercars Championship will race in a month’s time.

“We’re very excited to celebrate some iconic cars and drivers that have graced New Zealand circuits in years gone by,” said Taupō International Motorsport Park CEO Josie Spillane.

“We’ve got some very exciting things in the works, and planning is well underway for what will be an unforgettable weekend.

“There’ll be something for everyone.”

Event organisers have indicated celebrations surrounding the Blue Oval will be a key element, involving various demonstrations and displays, plus a special Ford all-comers racing class.

That comes hot on the heels of Jim Farley’s visit to New Zealand late last year.

Also featuring, more broadly, will be a field of Formula Atlantic cars, which will duke it out for the 2025 Historic GP trophy.

Four-time Bathurst 1000 winner Greg Murphy, who is part of the event’s organising crew, hailed the presence of the old-school open-wheelers.

Jim Farley, Jameson Farley and Greg Murphy. Pic: Highlands

“Formula Atlantics are hugely exciting to me because I raced them here in New Zealand in the 90s as a part of my stepping stone into racing,” said Murphy.

“I’m a massive fan of the cars; they played a huge part in my career.

“In the 1980s and ‘90s, the Formula Atlantics were a pathway to a single-seater career.

“The list of drivers that have come through Formula Atlantics and gone on to bigger and better things is enormous.

“Americans, Europeans and people from all over the world would come to New Zealand over our summer to get experience, log miles and get competition before going back to the Northern Hemisphere to race.

“We were doing that way back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and it’s what CTFROC (the Castrol Toyota Formula Regional Oceania Championship) does so successfully to this day.”

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