Catherine Pattison

Motorsport: Points haul kept Campbell focused on finishing

With Hayden Paddon crossing the boundary from Classic Rally dominance to outright rally victory, the New Zealand Rally Championship drivers were left filling the spare podium spots yesterday.

Rallying: Top exponents ensure action

Rallying: Top exponents ensure action

The Rally of Otago rumbles into and around Dunedin this weekend, so Catherine Pattison has put together a guide to help you get out there in your gumboots and make the most of the gravel-slinging action.

Motorsport: Rally driver's been around the block

Motorsport: Rally driver's been around the block

The global driving phenomenon that is Ken Block arrived in Dunedin this week - accompanied by 12 team members for the Rally of Otago. He talks to Catherine Pattison about life as a hoonigan.

One for the petrolheads

One for the petrolheads

For any Top Gear fans feeling bereft at the show's abrupt demise, a new show - Mud, Sweat and Gears - may just fill the void.

Spectacular crash puts 'Monster' out of race

Spectacular crash puts 'Monster' out of race

While some might consider Nobuhiro ''Monster'' Tajima unlucky for crashing his Super 86 hillclimb car mere kilometres into the 14.5km course, luck was on his side yesterday.

Mail-order bride makes her entrance

Mail-order bride makes her entrance

Highlands Motorsport Park owner Tony Quinn had his first date with a new girlfriend yesterday.

Motorsport: 'Monster Tamer' to feature

Motorsport: 'Monster Tamer' to feature

The Race to the Sky returns to Central Otago this weekend - a revival joyously greeted by motorheads - but if petrol doesn't flow freely through your veins, here is Otago Daily Times motoring correspondent Catherine Pattison's guide to clue you up.

Plenty of contenders to take on the 'Monster'

Plenty of contenders to take on the 'Monster'

Eight-time Race to the Sky champion Nobuhiro ''Monster'' Tajima will have plenty of well-known former and new competitors trying to prevent him from claiming another title next month.

Motorsport: US star Block's entry coup for Otago Rally

Motorsport: US star Block's entry coup for Otago Rally

The Otago Rally entry list looks a lot more luminous after star driver Ken Block announced yesterday that he will contest the May 9-10 Dunedin-based event.

Horsing around

Horsing around

Most little girls want a pony. Aged 3, Catherine Pattison was lucky enough to be given one by her grandfather. The pony was small, white, named Porridge and she loved him. Leaving home 14 years later she farewelled her four-legged friends and hasn't been back in the saddle much since.