One half what it has all been about these last two weeks.
Five litre, big, open single seaters - each and everyone with a pedigree.
It's been a huge pleasure for the Festival to celebrate the life and career of Howden Ganley -
but who doesn't enjoy the sight and sound of a full field of Formula 5000s?
Thanks to the owners, the drivers (past and present) and the mechanics who brought the
world's fastest museum to life and shared it with 20,000 of us over the past two weekends.
THAT is what historic motorsport is all about.
FIFTY PLUS FORMULA 5000 LINE UPAn unprecedented turnout of Formula 5000 cars looks set to secure the 2015 Gulf Oil Howden Ganley Formula 5000 Festival's place in motorsport history as one of the largest ever gatherings of the iconic race cars.
The organisers are confident fans will see 50 plus of the V8, 10 and V12 powered machines, with cars covering all years of the F5000 formula's life, and most if not all of the manufacturers who built cars for the series which ran in various guises in the USA, Europe and Australasia between 1968 and 1982.
The 2015 event - which stretches over the weekends of January 16-18 and 23-25 at the Hampton Downs circuit in the North Waikato - is a celebration of both the Formula 5000 type of racing car and driver Howden Ganley. Unheralded Kiwi Ganley's story is a fascinating one that took the former team mechanic to sports cars, F5000 and the dizzy heights of Formula One.
It also marks the first 'Formula 5000 World Series' - the champion of which will be crowned after the last race of the second weekend of the Festival. At least one full grid of Formula 5000s will race during the Festival, and that could mean as many as 35 of the earth-shaking single seaters roaring around the Hampton Downs track almost five seconds a lap quicker than the best 'V8 taxi' is capable of.
The Gulf Oil Howden Ganley F5000 Festival is proud to present….
The BIG F1 competition!
The prize ride will be taken during one of the F1 demo sessions that will be running at the event on each day over the two weekends of January 16-18 and 23-25 at Hampton Downs and the Arrows will be on track with other cars so you will get a completely unique and totally thrilling view of the action… and it’s a close as we can ever get to being a real F1 driver! The V10 powered car will be driven with you in it for three laps by single seater expert and reigning Formula 5000 champion Andy Higgins. You’ll also get a family pass for the day so you can bring everyone along to see your ride of a lifetime AND a set of photos from the day covering your winning experience…!
All you have to do is answer the following question and email you answer, with your name and telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll draw a winner from the correct entries at the beginning of January and let them know.
Four Kiwis have scored points in Formula One Grand Prix… but can you name them?