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Hulme Super Car Revives the Glory Days of Kiwi F1

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Dave Griffith
Dave Griffith

Ever wanted to own a super car but couldn't afford it? Now you can own a slice of a whole super car company for as little as $1000.

40 Years ago the names of Amon, McLaren and Hulme were prominent in the Formula 1 drivers championship. Bruce MacLaren's name lives on today in the F1 team he founded and with McLaren super cars.

Now the name of Denny Hulme, New Zealand's only Formula 1 drivers champion rises again with the development of the Hulme super car. In keeping with the Kiwi DIY spirit that Bruce and Denny brought to the early years of McLaren, Hulme Super Cars Ltd harks back to the early days of formula 1 when ingenuity and determination could win races and not just the size of a team's budget.

This is not just another Super Car like we see every other week from the industry heavy weights. The Hulme Super Car aims to give drivers the look and feel of the Formula 1 experience on the road.

While most of us can only dream about owning a super car, with the Hulme car it is possible to have a slice of the company for as little as a $1000. Barack Obama proved with his run up to the U.S presidential election that a lot of people – who believe anything is possible – each giving a little can add up to a whole lot of money. In the same vein the cost of the production phase of the Hulme Super Car project can be shared by all interested New Zealanders.

So can a New Zealand based company produce a super car that people actually want to buy? Or will it collapse in a heap never getting beyond prototypes and artists impressions? The answer lies with ordinary New Zealanders. If enough of us are prepared to get in behind this then it will happen.

The skill, ingenuity and desire from Jock Freemantle and his team are evident in the quality that they have produced already. The breadth of talent that Jock has assembled mixed with a strong dose of self belief is a powerful cocktail that reeks of 'can do' attitude. It is the same kind of attitude that got McLaren off the ground in 1963 to go on and become the second oldest team in Formula 1 history, and saw New Zealand's 'plastic fantastic' KZ7 almost snatch yachtings Americas Cup at our first attempt in 1987.

Let's not forget that New Zealand is ranked the No.13 country in the world for number of Formula 1 victories and that doesn't include Scott Dixon who has become a dominant figure in American motor racing like Denny Hulme and Bruce McLaren did in the CanAm's in the late 1960's.

So as Rhys Darby says in the 2 Degrees TV Ad – "So who's keen then? No one? Typical!" hopefully unlike Rhys, Jock Freemantle and his team will turn around and find enough kiwis behind them to put the Hulme Super Car into production and once again put the name of our own Formula 1 World Drivers Champion on the global stage again.

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