Delivering the most creative entry in a new car art awards for the 2012 Brother International Rally of Whangarei earned an excited trio of Whangarei’s Kamo Intermediate pupils a special ride to school with rally stars.
The Kamo Intermediate trio started Friday’s classes by helping their school-mates enjoy a variety of giveaways from teams competing in the international rally and prizes from event sponsor Brother.
Kamo Intermediate was one of thirteen schools which entered the car art awards, decorating a supplied corflute car outline to promote the event which runs from 30 March to 1 April on roads around Whangarei and Kaipara districts. The entry from Tegan Scott, Jake Weller and Joseph Squires was selected as the winner by Classic Hits Northland breakfast show host Mike Plant and Brother International Rally of Whangarei organising committee chairman Laurie Brenssell.
The children and their teacher Anna Keogh started their day in the Classic Hits studio with Plant. They then met rally drivers Per-Gunnar Andersson (Sweden, Proton S2000), Emma Gilmour (Dunedin, Subaru STI) and Dermott Malley (Auckland, Ford Fiesta) who would take them to school in their rally cars.
Arriving in style after the 5km journey from the town centre to their school, the trio were met by school mates who greeted them with placards and banners celebrating their victory. Hundreds of students made the most of giveaways supplied by the visiting teams as Andersson, Gilmour and Malley signed autographs and posed for photos.
Amidst the hype, Brother International (NZ) Ltd representative Emma Crossett presented Keogh, representing her prize-winning class, with their top prize of a brand new A3-size multi-function centre colour printer. Andersson, Gilmour and Malley then departed the animated students to head to the shakedown stage at Pohe Island before commencing the rally itself tomorrow.
The Brother International Rally of Whangarei is the opening round of the 2012 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) and Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC), powered by Brother. The event has attracted 46 drivers from India, Japan, Malaysia, Australia, Sweden, United Kingdom, and New Caledonia as well as all over New Zealand.
Full details of the event, including a rally map and stage itinerary, are available on the event website www.rallywhangarei.co.nz.
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