SimDeck Sim Car to feature at Pukekohe Circuit with McLaren F5000 and the A1GP Black Beauty – 4 Jan 09

The PET250 Simulator is not only a virtual reality car but an on road capable racer that will be setup to simulate the Pukekohe circuit.

The PET250 Simulator is not only a virtual reality car but an on road capable racer.

Three era’s of motorsports will be on display at the Kid’s In Cars event at the Pukekohe Circuit Jan 4 2009. The McLaren 1972 M22 F5000 race car, A1 Black Beauty (NZ’s entry in the A1GP) and the futuristic PET250 race car / simulator from SimDeck will be present to capture the attention of the visitors. Whilst the F5000 and A1GP Black Beauty will be static displays, the PET250 will be configured to allow racing on the virtual Pukekohe Circuit.

The three race cars will be set up adjacent to the over bridge near the starting grid. So make sure you drop in to see the fastest race car ever present in NZ and also try your hand at driving the fastest full featured race car simulator.

Just past the Grandstand at the Puke circuit saw the largest pile up in years with cars jumping the fence in the V8 series. A bad day for many teams. During the KIC day there will be both virtual racing and actual hot laps.

Just past the Grandsand at the Puke circuit saw the largest pile up in years with cars jumping the fence in the V8 series. A bad day for many teams. During the KIC day there will be both virtual racing and actual hot laps.

A must do 2009 Family Event for all ages

In 2006 the parents had complained that they weren’t invited.
The 2007 event was a massive event – with children’s parents and siblings present. In 2007 over 2000 people attend the event – and the real cream on the cake was over $10.000 was raised for Camp Quality.

The McLaren F5000 race car will be display courtesy of Tony Roberts who is one of the developers with Hampton Downs Raceway

The McLaren F5000 race car will be display courtesy of Tony Roberts who is one of the developers with Hampton Downs Raceway

In 2009 there are going to be numerous attactions for the Camp Quality campers. The event is open to members of the public at a low Gate price.

Shane Van Gisbergen – a young and talented KIWI race car driver with the Stone Brothers Racing V8 Supercar. Shane will be track side to chat with the kids and to be apart of the drive rides.

Hamish Patterson is supplying his Targa Manaro which will be driven this year by Ray Williams – Hot laps will be available for sale in this car.
Phil Kerr, former Joint MD of MacLaren Racing, McLaren Formula One Team and Jack Brabham Racing will be on hand to talk about his career, as well to autograph his book that will be available to purchase.
Police car rides, fire engines, speed laps, truck rides, simulation rides, merry go round rides are some of the features for the day.

Checking out the competition, Black Beauty might just be the fastest car this season, whilst Kevin is confident that the PET250 will be the fastest in the virtual world.

Checking out the competition, Black Beauty might just be the fastest car this season, whilst Kevin is confident that the PET250 will be the fastest in the virtual world.

A world record for the longest and largest truck convoy in the world is being attempted for Jan 2009.

Camp Quality is a non-profit organisation that supports and helps young children and their families who are living with cancer.

The founder of KIC is Nigel Karl, who received a chance fund raising call on behalf of Camp Quality. Little did he know that the birth of a unique concept to “wow” children suffering from cancer had commenced.

The KIC event reminds me of the first time I ever rode in an open top sports car when I was around 9 years old down Raymond Street in Timaru. It was a short experience that had a life long impression and is part of the SimDeck philosophy and DNA of creating the same compelling experience in a life like open cockpit race car simulator. As one older visitor said tonight, “that is fantastic Kevin what you have created. It’s almost like the real experience”. So hearing that from a person who has raced cars, I think the DNA we have embedded into the SimDeck PET250 has captured my childhood experience and come 4 Jan we hope many children will feel the excitement of high speed racing.

Event Details
When: Sunday, 4 January 2009


Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Where: Pukekohe Park Raceway: 222-250 Manukau Rd, Pukekohe
Cost : entry per car general public $10.00
Entry to the Mothers car show’n’shine $20.00
Entry to the Mothers Truck Show $20.00
Track rides start from $10.00
Amusement rides start from $2.50
Vehicles for track Rides $50.00*
* cost includes convoy & show’n’shine
Petrol Head Heaven

Petrol Head Heaven

Well what a beautiful day at the Pukekohe Circuit. Who would have believed it that in the South Island they had hail storm, a tramper is feared lost in the mountains in atrocious conditions. Police cars, Lamborginis, my Mum, fire engines, freight trucks, Targa Ralley cars, V8 drivers, Ariel Atom, Kids with cancer….all screaming around the Puke Circuit at very dangerous speeds. Thankfully there were no accidents and everyone had a great experience, both on the track and the SimDeck Simulator. However we did have many crashes in the simulator, burnt out gear boxes and extensive body damage during the day …from both children and adults who should have known better 🙂

Enjoy the following photos from today’s activities to raise funds for the Camp Quality organisation.

Shane Van Ginsberg for the Stones V8 Race team doing burnouts along the main straight.

Shane Van Ginsberg for the Stones V8 Race team doing burnouts along the main straight.


Despite no fires there was a large contingent of fire trucks on display. They would not have had to go far if there was a crash on the day!

Despite no fires there was a large contingent of fire trucks on display. They would not have had to go far if there was a crash on the day!


Kevin, SimDeck's founder takes a break between coaching the young drivers in the race car.

Kevin, SimDeck's founder takes a break between coaching the young drivers in the race car.


This young driver has his parents to convince before he was given the keys to drive home!

This young driver has his parents to convince before he was given the keys to drive home!


One of the many cars that were put thru there paces, this one driven by Shane Van Gisenberg.

One of the many cars that were put thru there paces, this one driven by Shane Van Gisenberg.


One of the many keen yound drivers who went for a virtual race around the Pukekohe track. This young girl quickly took control without too much damage of her firtual Toyota Open wheeler.

One of the many keen yound drivers who went for a virtual race around the Pukekohe track. This young girl quickly took control without too much damage of her firtual Toyota Open wheeler.


A race car and Lamborgini about to share some circuit space at Pukekohe.

A race car and Lamborgini about to share some circuit space at Pukekohe.


The A1GP on static display allowed visitors to get up close to the NZ entry in the A1GP series.

The A1GP on static display allowed visitors to get up close to the NZ entry in the A1GP series.


Rookie navigator, Pit Babe Gran, SimDeck Staffer and my mum, all strapped in for some high speed hot laps on the Puke Circuit in the Targa Race car.

Rookie navigator, Pit Babe Gran, SimDeck Staffer and my mum, all strapped in for some high speed hot laps on the Puke Circuit in the Targa Race car.


My mother having the fastest ride of her life!

My mother having the fastest ride of her life!


Mum is all smiles after two high speed laps on the Puke circuit in the Targa Rally Car. Her first experience around an actual race circuit at high speed.

Mum is all smiles after two high speed laps on the Puke circuit in the Targa Rally Car. Her first experience around an actual race circuit at high speed.


The Atom Ariel made an impression with its open style frame work.

The Atom Ariel made an impression with its open style frame work.


The big slide adjacent to the Pet250 Sim Car was popular during the day.

The big slide adjacent to the Pet250 Sim Car was popular during the day.


The home straight at Pukekohe

The home straight at Pukekohe

If you need an attraction for your event, family day, corporate day, fund raiser we have a range of rates for various functions. Interested in establishing your own Formula One Simulation business? Contact us for further details.

Camp Quality needs your help.
Sovereign Sunshine is a unique new charity website devoted to helping build a brighter future for Kiwi kids. Each month, six different children’s charities are shortlisted by Sovereign staff – and New Zealanders everywhere have the opportunity to vote for which of these charities will receive a donation of up to $15,000 from Sovereign.

Camp Quality NZ have been shortlisted for the January 2009 category; Children’s health – life threatening illness.

Here is your chance to ensure this worthwhile children’s cause continues to be able to help children suffering from cancer.
Become a Camp Quality NZ supporter simply by visiting www.sovereignsunshine.co.nz to register and vote for them before before 30 January.

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