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Chronicle of a Life and a Motorsport Legacy

Chronicle of a Life and a Motorsport Legacy

As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations this month, the McLaren team is publishing a book celebrating its achievements, McLaren: 50 Years of Racing, which includes contains numerous never-before-seen photographs. Bruce McLaren, a New Zealander,…

50th Birthday for Late Motorsport Legend

50th Birthday for Late Motorsport Legend

This week marks the 50th anniversary for the legendary racing team established by New Zealand motorsport legend Bruce McLaren and which bore his name. The good folk of Woking, where McLaren established his sporting…

Grand-Am Victory for Formula 1 Test Driver

Grand-Am Victory for Formula 1 Test Driver

Twenty-three-year-old Palmerston North-born Brendon Hartley has won the 70-lap GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Road America in Wisconsin. Starworks Motorsport team owner Peter Baron said the kid can drive. And not just theoretically. “He’s…

Shifting into Another Gear Ahead of Baltimore

Shifting into Another Gear Ahead of Baltimore

New Zealander Scott Dixon, who has the most wins (31) in the 17-year history of the Indy Racing League and who is the only driver to finish in the top five of both runnings…

Multi-talented McLaren Transformed Racing

Multi-talented McLaren Transformed Racing

In his all-too-brief life, New Zealander Bruce McLaren, who died in 1970 at the age of 32, managed an impressive list of successes, writes Jason Stein for Wheelbase Media. “His European driving career began…

Another Win for IndyCar Racer Dixon in Canada

Another Win for IndyCar Racer Dixon in Canada

New Zealander Scott Dixon has won the 31st IndyCar race of his career with victory in the first of two street races in Toronto. The Honda Indy Toronto win has moved Dixon into a…

McLaren’s Motor Racing Adventure Continues

McLaren’s Motor Racing Adventure Continues

“The design and manufacture may have been rudimentary by modern-day standards – the first McLaren racing car was put together in a rented shed with a mud floor – but winning meant just as…

Britten Bike Revs Up for Isle of Man Lap

Britten Bike Revs Up for Isle of Man Lap

One of the most iconic racing motorcycles of all time, the Britten V1000, brainchild of Christchurch-born John Britten, returns to the track on 26 August as part of the inaugural Classic TT Races…

Persistent to the Chequered Flag

Persistent to the Chequered Flag

It’s hard to ignore New Zealand IndyCar driver Scott Dixon’s consistency, according to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin’s Robert Morales. “After an up-and-down first four years in IndyCar, he has not finished lower…

King of the Hill Returns

King of the Hill Returns

New Zealand racing legend Rod Millen “conqueror of Pikes Peak – the world’s ultimate hillclimb event, is one of those rare men who competes in cars that he conceived and built.” Millen, “a firm…

Absolutely the Real Deal

Absolutely the Real Deal

Christchurch-born teenager Scott McLaughlin, 19, continues to impress with slick showing in Albert Park V8 Supercars Challenge warm-up. McLaughlin, a Garry Rogers Motorsport driver, was impressive in the opening practice sessions of the Challenge…

Looking Back at the Beginning

Looking Back at the Beginning

In the year of McLaren’s 50th anniversary celebrations, a new short film directed by leading Swedish music-video maker Marcus Söderlund, sheds light on McLaren’s very human back-story – namely that of New Zealander Bruce McLaren,…

Unleashing the Brapp

Unleashing the Brapp

“A.J. Fairbairn mashes the 1966 Ford GT Mark II’s throttle, unleashing the brapp of its NASCAR V-8 as it echoes off the safety walls of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” Todd Lassa writes for Motor…

Half a Century of Legend

Half a Century of Legend

Fifty years ago, New Zealander Bruce McLaren launched a company that has gone on to become one of the greats of world motorsport and on 2 September this year, McLaren…

Rubberman Prevails

Rubberman Prevails

Palmerston North 21-year-old freestyle motorcross champion Levi Sherwood has become the youngest-ever winner of the Red Bull X-Fighters tour championship beating French rider Thomas Pagès on Cockatoo Island in Sydney. “All I came here…

Elegant and with Punch

Elegant and with Punch

“A track-only racing car built without the restraints of racing regulations, the 12C Can-Am is based on the 12C GT3 racer – but it goes well beyond what the FIA…

Remarkable Command on Tough Track

Remarkable Command on Tough Track

New Zealand IndyCar champion 28-time winner Scott Dixon, 31, took top of the podium at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in Detroit. Dixon pulled away on lap 55 for his first win of…

Cool Little Boost in Dubai

Cool Little Boost in Dubai

Twenty-year-old freestyle motocross rider Levi Sherwood from Palmerston North has won the 2012 Red Bull X-Fighters series opener in Dubai. He finished Australian Rob Adelberg off with a run featuring a mix of old-school…

Motorcycling’s Ultimate Race

Motorcycling’s Ultimate Race

New Zealand’s top motor sports rider Chris Birch, 31, who recently took second place at the 2011 Roof of Africa race, will ride in the 34th running of the Dakar Rally, which begins 1…

Top of the Podium for Dixon

Top of the Podium for Dixon

New Zealand speedster Scott Dixon driving for Ganassi Racing, has won the IndyCar Series’ Indy Japan 300 mile auto race at Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi. And if there’s one word that describes Dixon…

Another Star Has Been Born

Another Star Has Been Born

Twenty-one-year-old Stone Brothers Racing driver Shane van Gisbergen had a day he will remember forever earning his maiden victory in the Hamilton V8 Supercars race. Auckland-born Van Gisbergen has come agonisingly close to his…

Personal Race Track Antics

Personal Race Track Antics

New Zealand racing competitor and vehicle designer Rod Millen has unveiled his new mile-long asphalt driveway — which doubles as a hillclimb racetrack — in a video which shows Millen behind the wheel of…

Impressive on Wheels

Impressive on Wheels

A New Zealand mountain biking trip features in the extras of Canadian adventure documentary DVD release, Follow Me, which is paired with a slide show by New Zealander Caleb Smith of Wellington-based mountain bike…

Indian on Show

Indian on Show

Burt Munro’s world famous Indian Scout motorbike, used to set land-speed records in the 196s, was on display at October’s Oildorado Days Rails to Trails Car Show in Taft, California. In 1967, on the…

Speed Queen on Salt

Speed Queen on Salt

Christchurch-born Miriam MacMillan is the third New Zealander and first New Zealand woman to earn a “2 MPH hat”, which she claimed driving a 2.1 litre Honda CRX at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah,…

Thrill-seeker Flips

Thrill-seeker Flips

With this “insanely-extended Hart Attack backflip” (above), Palmerston North daredevil Levi Sherwood, 19, won the fifth stop of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour, held at Battersea Power Station in London. This is Sherwood’s…

Rules Are Rules

Rules Are Rules

New Zealand IndyCar driver Scott Dixon has won the Honda Edmonton Indy, the second win of the year for the 3-year-old racer with the Target Chip Ganassi team. This latest victory however was somewhat…

Familiar Green

Familiar Green

New Zealander, Indianapolis-based Indycar driver, Scott Dixon talks to Democrat and Chronicle writer James Johnson about racing at the world-famous race track Watkins Glen International in New York. Dixon has three victories in IndyCar…

Racing Rivals

Racing Rivals

New Zealand-born IndyCar champion Scott Dixon, 29, discusses his respect for former teammate Australian Ryan Briscoe in an article written by Indy Star reporter Phillip B. Wilson. They had been friends since their days…

Super Swift and for Sale

Super Swift and for Sale

Jock Freemantle’s super car company Hulme is now taking orders for 2 of its CanAm cars, which are priced around $64, and can reach speeds of 32kmh. Each car will be numbered and delivered…

Jammin’ in the Air

Jammin’ in the Air

The 2010 Farm Jam, New Zealand’s premiere bike jumping event, was recently held on Dan Frew’s land near Winton and included FMX, MX, BMX and MTB (mountain bike riding) spectacles. Riders were split into…

A Man and His Machine

A Man and His Machine

Extreme enduro rider Aucklander Chris Birch, 29, “is expected to be one of the guys to beat in the World Xtreme Enduro Championships (WXEC)” reports The Independent on Sunday. With boyish good looks and a…

Burt’s Fine Wine

Burt’s Fine Wine

“It was 1962 and Burt Munro had somehow managed to get his suped-up Indian motorcycle from New Zealand to the Salt Flats, where he hoped to set a record,” writes Tom Wharton for The…

In His Sights

In His Sights

Scott Dixon, 29, has won the Indy Japan 300 mile auto race at Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi, northeast of Tokyo and first place in the IndyCar series with one race remaining. Dixon recorded…

Flawless Performance

Flawless Performance

Palmerston North Formula 3 driver, Brendon Hartley, 19, won his maiden European Championship race at Brands Hatch in England last week, and is delighted to be back on the top step of the podium…

Aiming for Two

Aiming for Two

Auckland Indy Car champion Scott Dixon, 28, “is the driver to catch” ahead of the Rexall Edmonton Indy on July 24 -26, and with three wins under his belt already this season, Dixon says…

Hartley Gets Wings

Hartley Gets Wings

New Zealander Brendon Hartley, 19, has been granted his motor racing super-licence and will join Red Bull as a reserve driver, the Formula One team said. The former Palmerston North Boys’ High School student,…

Something Gained

Something Gained

Defending IndyCar Series champion New Zealander Scott Dixon, 28, has won the Road Runner Turbo Indy 3000 at Kansas Speedway. “We needed something,” Dixon said. “You know, even a sniff of something. Because so…

Shocking and pleasing

Shocking and pleasing

Palmerston North teenager Levi Sherwood, 17, has shocked the freestyle motocross world (FMX) by winning the first event of the 2009 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour in Mexico on debut, in front of 43,000…

Faster than Lightning

Faster than Lightning

New Zealander Jock Freemantle’s $1 million Hulme CanAm supercar, named after racing driver and 1967 Formula One world champion Denis “Denny” Hulme, is, writes Britain’s Times Online, “a machine with the power to rival…

Speed Demon’s Dream

Speed Demon’s Dream

Wellington entrepreneur Richard Nowland is the man behind the only jet-powered car ever designed and built in New Zealand. Nowland purchased a Rolls-Royce Avon 206 turbojet engine and intends to transform it into New…

Speed Demoness

Speed Demoness

New Zealand racing star Christina Orr will be competing in this year’s Bathurst 12 Hour Race, driving for Jim Hunter Motorsport. The 2008 Bruce McLaren New Zealand Driver of the Year will be teaming…

Eight Points Up

Eight Points Up

Wanganui teenage racing driver Earl Bamber has taken a podium finish at China’s Formula 1 Grand Prix meeting in Shanghai, repeating his recent result as part of the A1 New Zealand team in the…

Series Victory for Dixon

Series Victory for Dixon

Aucklander Scott Dixon has won his second IndyCar Series championship at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois driving for Target Chip Ganassi Racing. Though Brazilian Helio Castroneves won the race by .0033 of a…

Toward NASCAR

Toward NASCAR

Auckland speedway driver and Midget racer Michael Pickens, 25, is on the way to his dream of a NASCAR future getting stock car experience on paved tracks this summer in the ASA Late Model…

Ice Man Wins Indy 500

Ice Man Wins Indy 500

New Zealander Scott Dixon, 27, woke to the traditional 6am race-day explosion, ate American pancakes with hot syrup for breakfast and then from pole position drove 200 laps to win the 92nd Indianapolis 500,…

Black Beauty Tops Rankings

Black Beauty Tops Rankings

Team NZ has won its first A1 Grand Prix race on home soil in Taupo, and is now the overall series leader. Black Beauty driver Jonny Reid won the Sprint Race and finished…

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Black Beauty driver Jonny Reid took on a Boeing 777 at Auckland International Airport this month, in a dramatic promotional stunt for January’s A1 Grand Prix event in Taupo. The race car and…

Black Beauty Strikes at Brno

Black Beauty Strikes at Brno

Team NZ is top of the A1 Grand Prix table after scoring a double victory in Brno, Czech Republic. Black Beauty driver Jonny Reid won both the sprint and feature races, pushing NZ past…

MX Star Takes Second World Title

MX Star Takes Second World Title

Auckland teen Katherine Prumm has won her second consecutive women’s motocross world title at the series final in the Netherlands. The 19-year-old rider dominated the final day of the competition, beating Kawasaki team-mates Livia…

Champion Teen Eyes MX Crown

Champion Teen Eyes MX Crown

Hamish Dobbyn, a 15-year-old motocross rider from Warkworth, has won the 250cc four-stroke class at the Yamaha MX National Development Series in Australia. Next on his agenda is the World Junior Motocross Championships in…

Mind Over Matter

Mind Over Matter

NZ neuroscientist Dr Kerry Spackman is working with Team McLaren to uncover the workings of a racing driver’s mind. “In most sports now, the modern athlete is pushing his brain to the limit,” he says….

Queen of the Track

Queen of the Track

Current world champ Katherine Prumm enjoyed back to back wins in the opening round of the Australian Women’s Motocross Championships in Victoria. The South Auckland Kawasaki rider was her own harshest critic, claiming “I…

Legend of The Bear Lives On

Legend of The Bear Lives On

NZ car racing great Denny Hulme was the subject of a retrospective article on the sport in the Guardian. Known as The Bear for his rugged looks and gruff manner, Hulme dominated Formula One…

World First for Scary Mary

World First for Scary Mary

Papamoa’s “Scary” Mary Perkins is the first woman in history to tour with freestyle motocross legends the Crusty Demons. The 24-year-old is currently the world’s number one female freestyler and holds the record for the longest…

NZ’s Home of Motorsport

NZ’s Home of Motorsport

Taupo’s inaugural A1 Grand Prix meet for the World Cup of Motorsport was a huge success, with 80,000 spectators packing the stands. Adding to the experience, Team NZ placed third overall in what was the first…