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Taupo Motorsports Park, Taupo, North Island, New Zealand

Marshal Training Kiwi Style – Motorsport in New Zealand

As soon as I posted the Aussie video, Kiwis wanted one of their own… so I made it twice as long, and possibly twice as good. Getting to ride in a Fire One – chase vehicle for the V8 Utes race as a fire marshal was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever done in my life. Not to say that doing flag marshalling or working rescue wasn’t short of amazing either. New Zealand provided me with my education when it comes to marshalling, and over one racing season I took full advantage of all the racing series there to absorb as much as I could. I participated in such racing series as Tasman Revival, Formula 5000, New Zealand Festival of Speed Celebrating BMW /M Motorsports, Toyota Racing Series, NZV8’s, V8 Utes, V8 Supertourers, V8 Supercars, a variety of classic Mini series, Central Muscle Club, Auckland and Taupo car club racing, etc. I’ve even done the New Zealand Grand Prix

I’m looking forward to going back there… again and again!

New Zealand Motorsport

Its not even winter yet, but with no racing on the weekends I feel quite awkward being home… even after hurricane Sandy destroyed much of the Jersey Shore and flooded NYC and the surrounding area in NJ, our house was spared – thank God! but the level of excitement was quite different to what I’m used to by now 🙂

I’m bored… so I was looking through some pictures on facebook and right about now I miss New Zealand a lot. During the time the last big storm hit Northern New Jersey I was living in Auckland on the North Island… and just about every other weekend I’d find myself marshalling at Pukekohe Raceway or the new track at Hampton Downs. The Motor Sport Club of Auckland gave me my education when it comes to flagging. The folks I worked with, some ten years my junior and others old enough to be my grand parents, but all very friendly and helpful. I can’t wait to go back and volunteer with them again.

Visit my facebook page for a number of galleries from New Zealand… I worked some major events like the New Zealand V8 Supertourers, Australian V8 Supercars… the Toyota Racing Series at a few tracks like Hampton Downs, Taupo and Manfeild. It was all a blast!

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new zealand pukekohe

new zealand toyota racing series

new zealand itm400 new zealand hamilton

new zealand hamilton v8s

new zealand log book

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PS. perhaps the coolest sight on track was the Muscle Car racing of the 1960’s era. While I’ve seen them a million times at car shows in the US, Canada and Australia… seeing them go full blast on the track was something else. Kiwi’s raced them and crashed them, repaired them and raced them again. I don’t think anyone is as hardcore about racing as Kiwis!