Our local town of Pukekohe was buzzing on Saturday morning
The 10th Anniversary Possum Bourne Memorial Rally was held right here, in legendary Possum Bourne’s home town, with his 18 year old son, Taylor, making his debut tribute in honour of his dad.
According to a Sunday paper, Taylor wore his dads overalls, helmet and gloves in the rally which started at 7:00 a.m in the main street of Pukekohe, King Street, near the bronze memorial statue of Pukekohe’s famous “son”.The rally course wound through a combination of sealed and gravel surfaces, taking the drivers through the Maramarua Forest with service breaks in Te Kauwhata. The first seven stages were totally on gravel roads.
Although Taylor and co-driver and step dad, Mark Mitchell (MP) did not place highly in the race, they were very pleased to have been in the finishing squad and as Taylor is quoted as saying “Yesterday was all about dad”. Many of the drivers had taken their inspiration from our lad, Possum and 2011 World Racing Champ, Haydon Paddon said it was great that the rally had been named in Possum Bourne’s honour – “Possum was a massive icon for New Zealand rallying and someone that I looked up to”
Richard Mason won the race, which is the 5th round of the 6 event New Zealand Rally Champs for 2013.