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Track record: Alan Kirby has been in the motor industry for 30 years.
Who: Alan Kirby.
What: Dealer principal.
Where: MS Ford.
How long have you been in the
How long have you been with MS Ford?
What do you do?
I lead an awesome team of people and
oversee the running of the business.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I actually really like meeting people and
helping them. Buying a car is a real stress
for most people, so it is nice to be able to
guide them through it, help them relax and
enjoy the experience.
A green VW Beetle. It was a really good
car. It put up with everything a teenage boy
could throw at it. I had it in Dunedin and
the heater wasn’t that good. I then thought
I would be cool and bought a Yamaha
Rd250. I soon realised riding a bike in ice-
cold Dunedin weather wasn’t that cool.
What do you drive now?
A Falcon GT-E. It’s the coolest car.
A new sports motorbike. Either a Ducati
or a Suzuki.
Outside of work, what are your
I like mountainbiking and kayaking.
We’re blessed where we live, so it’s good to
be able to get out and enjoy it.
The door of opportunity is marked
F1 battle heats up
Class: Takaka motocross rider Hamish Harwood shows the Aussies.
Is the Formula One season
heading towards a battle that we
haven’t seen for some time?
Senna v Prost in the late 80s early
90s, comes to mind. The intense
rivalry between Lewis Hamilton
and Nico Rosberg is ‘‘very
different’’ to that of Alain Prost
and Ayrton Senna, according to
Mercedes-Benz Motorsport boss
Toto Wolff. Tensions between
Hamilton and Rosberg came to
the fore last weekend in Monaco,
with the Briton upset to be denied
a chance to snatch pole when
yellow flags flew after Rosberg
out-braked himself at Mirabeau.
The incident was investigated by
the stewards but no blame was
found, much to the disgust of
Hamilton. Rosberg went on to
win from Hamilton, retaking the
lead of a championship that looks
increasingly likely to be decided
between the pair. Rosberg has 122
points with two wins and
Hamilton 118 with four wins.
Kiwi on fire
Freestyle Motocross rider, Kiwi
Levi Sherwood, is on fire in the
FMX Red Bull X-Fighters world
tour so far this season. Sherwood
on his KTM has won the first two
rounds of the five-round series
including the Osaka round last
weekend in Japan. He qualified
for the final and battled with
Frenchman Remi Bizouard to
take the win. The next round is
later this month.
Paddon takes on
Five rounds into the World Rally
Championship series and
Sebastien Ogier and his
Volkswagen Motorsport Team
emerge as clear leaders, holding
the top two spots. Ogier has won
three times and has 112 points,
with his team-mate Jari-Matti
Latvala on two wins and 88. In
third place are Andreas
Mikkelson (VW) and Mads
Ostberg (Citroen), both on 48.
Rally Italy this weekend will be
an exciting time for Geraldine’s
Hayden Paddon, who will contest
his first of seven championship
events for his newly signed team,
Hyundai Motorsport. Paddon and
his Blenheim co-driver John
Kenard will compete in a
Hyundai i20 for the Hyundai
Motorsport N Team. Paddon
believes he has learned more in
the two tests he has had so far
than in his previous three years
added together. See page 15.
I have been keeping an eye on
Takaka motocross rider Hamish
Harwood, who is competing in
the Aussie Motocross series and
putting up a good showing.
Harwood is taking on the senior
MX2 class on his CMR Red Bull
KTM and has been regularly
finishing in the top 10. This
excellent form has Harwood now
sitting in second overall in this
very competitive class. The series
now has its mid-season break.
Kiwi Scott Dixon had an IndyCar
race he would rather forget, with
a big crash partway through. The
crash knocked him out of the race
and has put a serious dent in his
title aspirations, as he slips from
fourth-equal to 10th. He needs to
gain some ground with good
finishes at the two races at
Detroit this weekend.
It was an intriguing MotoGP duel
between Marc Marquez (Repsol
Honda Team) and Jorge Lorenzo
(Movistar Yamaha) in which
Marquez come out on top at
Mugello, with Valentino Rossi
(Movistar Yamaha) joining them
on the podium. It’s six in a row
for Marquez but this event was
his hardest so far, with a race-
long battle with Lorenzo decided
only on the last turn.
Nelson has a reputation of having
some of the best run and
organised clubs in the whole
country. Hard-working, dedicated
people make up these clubs.
Almost all are behind-the-scenes
people who never get recognised
and don’t necessarily want to.
Some of these clubs include the
Nelson Drag Racing Association,
Kartsport Nelson, The Nelson
Speedway Association, Moto X
Events and the Nelson
Motorcycle Club. I know there
will be others and would love to
hear from you.
Each issue, I will try to finish
with my pick of a local hero.
This week it’s Brendon Gridley
for winning the 2014 Sunbelts
Karting Open on the weekend.
Good drive mate!
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