motor racing

Earl Bamber – A Race History 2002-2015

2015 – Earl Bamber – Porsche ‘works’ driver Earl Bamber was born in Wanganui, New Zealand on 9th July 1990. He won his first title in Karting in 2002, when aged 12, and in 2004 he took his first National title. Having dominated the Rotax......

Denny Hulme – 1974 Porsche Carrera RSR IROC

The inaugural International Race of Champions (IROC 1) was held at two tracks in USA in 1973/74. The first three races were held on 27th and 28th October 1973 at Riverside International Raceway in California and the final race was held on 14th February 1974......

Denny Hulme – 1970 Porsche 917K – Watkins Glen

It was only some 5 weeks since his McLaren Formula One team leader, Bruce McLaren, had been killed when testing a McLaren M8D Can-Am car at Goodwood, and only some 6 weeks after he sustained very bad burns to his hands while testing a McLaren......

Denny Hulme – 1970 Porsche 917K – 1970 BOAC 1000 Brands Hatch

Denny Hulme was entered as a driver for the Salzburg Porsche ‘semi-works’ team for the BOAC 1000 race held at the short and twisty 2.65 mile Brands Hatch circuit in Kent, UK, on 12th April 1970.  This event was the third round of the 1970......

Craig Baird MNZM – A Race History 1985-2015

Craig Baird – Adelaide March 2012 – photo via Craig Baird Craig Baird was born in Hamilton, New Zealand, on 22 July 1970. In 1974 he began racing Go Karts aged 4 years old and went on to become a seven-time NZ Kart champion, and......

Chris Kneifel USA – Porsche 944 Turbo Trans-Am

The penultimate year of the Lady Wigram Trophy race meeting at RNZAF Base Wigram in Christchurch, NZ, was held on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th January 1993. In the race card line-up for the meeting was a class for ’TraNZam’ cars and one of these......

Bruce McLaren – 1967 Porsche 910/8 2195cc Prototype Sports Car

The Shell Oil Competition Department in England arranged for Bruce McLaren to drive a 1967 Porsche 910, chassis 28, in the BOAC International 500 mile race held at Brands Hatch on 30th July 1967. The race was Round 5 of the International Manufacturers Championship for......

The Bridgestone-Porsche Club NZ Championship Series

The Porsche Club of New Zealand (PCNZ) formed in 1975 and in 1987 the Club struck up what proved to be a longstanding sponsorship relationship with Bridgestone NZ. The Japanese based Bridgestone company was an approved supplier of tyres to Porsche of Germany, having produced......

Brendon Hartley – A Race History 1995-2015

2015 Brendon Hartley – Porsche ‘works’ driver Brendon Hartley was born on 10th November 1989 and grew up in Palmerston North, New Zealand.  Following in the tracks of his elder brother, Nelson, and with encouragement from his father Bryan, who had raced in a variety......

Bill Fulford – A Race History 1991 to 2007

Bill Fulford 1994 Bill Fulford founded the highly successful ‘Lighting Direct’ company in 1974. He said he was ‘a late starter’ in motor racing having his first race in the early 1990s when he became “captured by the bug”.  From his first race to his......

Bill Farmer – A Race History 1984 to 2015

Bill Farmer –Le Mans 1996 photo via Owen Evans Bill Farmer was born on 8th July 1959 in Auckland. He began racing in 1984 in a Porsche 911SC at the Wings and Wheels meeting in Christchurch.  Bill gained extensive race experience in the 1990s in......

Andrew Bagnall – A Race History 1986 – 2015

Andrew Bagnall was born on 14th February 1947 in New Zealand. He started racing in about 1986 when aged 39.  He has since had 30 years of high level international motorsport competition at many world famous race tracks, including racing four times in the Le......