SERIES ORIGINALS BACK BEHIND THE F5000 WHEEL

Taking up the opportunity were Australians Warwick Brown and Bruce Allison, Teddy Pilette from Belgium, and Kiwis Graeme Lawrence and Dexter Dunlop. 

Also out in the demo session was Nick Gethin, the son of the late Peter Gethin, who was a driving contempory and teammate of Brown and Pilette. 

Brown, now 66, is a former Tasman Series champion (1975) and Australia and New Zealand Grand Prix winner who also raced in the United States and made one Formula 1 start, in the United States Grand Prix in 1976. 

He was reunited with the Lola T430, model number HU2, he used to win the Australian Grand Prix at Sydney's Oran Park circuit in 1977. 

The car is one of two T430 models owned by MSC F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series regular David Abbott from Christchurch. 

The other T430, HU1, was driven by Pilette. 

This is Abbott's regular car and was driven by Pilette in period. 

The other driver to be reunited with one of their original cars was 1970 Tasman Cup champion Graeme Lawrence who did his laps in the T332 Lola now owned and raced by Russell Greer. 

Lawrence used the car to finish second behind Warwick Brown in the 1975 Tasman Series. 

The other Australian category original, Queenslander Bruce Allison, also drove a Lola T332 in period and got to drive compatriot Paul Zazryn's T332. 

The other Kiwi, Dexter Dunlop, drove a McRae GM1, as he did in period, while Nick Gethin drove the Chevron B24/28, now owned and driven by Greg Thornton, which Peter Gethin used to claim his historic victory against a combined field of Formula 5000 and Formula 1 cars at Great Britain's Brand Hatch circuit in 1973. 

The MSC F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series is organised and run with the support of sponsors MSC, NZ Express Transport, Bonney's Specialized Bulk Transport, Mobil Lubricants, Pacifica, Avon Tyres, Webdesign and Exide. Ends