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Motor Racing Figure In Fatal Corvette Crash

Source: Taranaki Daily News

2008 Corvette Z06 Crash NEW ZEALAND -- A man is dead and a well-known race car builder is in hospital after a $150,000 sports car hit a power pole on the outskirts of New Plymouth yesterday.

Clifford Francis Guy, 62, a truck driver from Havelock North, was the passenger in a C6 Corvette driven by New Plymouth race car builder and speedway driver Murray Gordge which hit a power pole and flipped about 5.15pm.

Mr Gordge was known to have recently imported the high powered C6 Corvette.

The car smashed into a concrete power pole, flipped and came to rest in the driveway of a house on upper Frankley Rd, south of New Plymouth.

The car, still with its dealer plates, hit the power pole with such force it was ripped from the ground and snapped in two.

Power was cut to a wide area of New Plymouth after the crash.

Sergeant Michael Aro of the New Plymouth police said the serious crash unit would be attending the scene this morning.

Mr Gordge is well known throughout New Zealand for designing and racing modifieds - dirt track vehicles recognisable by their oversized roof-mounted aerofoils.

During his 20 years of driving race cars, Mr Gordge won the modified New Zealand Grand Prix title four times and was a six-time national champion.

Following the crash power was cut to around 2000 houses in New Plymouth. It was restored to all but six of those houses by 7.20pm, approximately two hours after the accident.