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A rare Formula 5000 racing car with an on-track history in the UK, North America and more recently in New Zealand and Australia has a new home in Tauranga.
"I've always wanted to race one of these cars," says Tauranga's Mike Creswell, who says owning the classic 1973 March F5000 car was something that happened by pure chance.
"I was at the Supercars meeting at Pukekohe in November giving Kenny Smith a bit of a hand. I was chatting to the lads and [F5000 racer] Tony Roberts asked me if I had bought a car yet," says Creswell.
"When I said no, he said 'you should buy this one over here' and pointed out Clark Proctor's car.
"I started talking to Clark and told him I didn't have the cash but I had some classic cars and it turns out he was happy to trade."
Doing the deal meant Creswell cleared out his garage including a classic Lola Formula Ford, his prized AC Cobra and a Datsun 260Z he'd owned since near-new plus some savings.
But the March is all his and race-ready for a debut at Taupo's Historic Grand Prix over the January 20-21 weekend.
"At the moment I'm doing the Taupo and Hampton Downs rounds of the Formula 5000 Tasman Revival Series and if that goes well I'll enter for the Skope Classic meeting at Ruapuna [Christchurch] in February," says Creswell.
"I don't have any sponsorship but if I can find some to help me run the car I'd love to go to Phillip Island [near Melbourne] in March which is the final round of the series."