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Postcard from Pukekohe Park Raceway

Though I didn’t get to marshal at Pukekohe Park Raceway on this visit, I was lucky enough to stop by at the circuit and do a few laps around with Anna Scott behind the wheel showing me all the changes since the last time I marshaled there.

There were cars on track the day of my visit, some of them race cars while others just souped up street cars, so I’ll go ahead and include a post about this experience here. Why not?

The Sunday of my visit was a private track rental by what looked to be a Nissan enthusiast group with plenty of great looking Skyline GT-R’s, Sylvia’s and other Japanese cars in attendance.

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Judging by the burned paint on the bumper I’m going to guess this car means business!

Naturally I was most interested to see some souped up MX-5’s at this track rental, but it was definitely a different crowd. We did spot one red GT PRHT in attendance and I rushed over to say hello. The owner, a member of the MX-5 Club of  New Zealand turned out to be the father of one of the Skyline racers there. Nice to see family supporting their kid’s participation in Motorsport. And more importantly instead of having them hoon on the street, they actually join their son doing it the correct way, racing around a race track.

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A great car indeed 🙂

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Anna was kind enough to give me a tour of the facilities which have really grown since my last visit. Race Control had moved from a little shack like structure to a proper building. The track is now lined with barriers plucked directly from the Hamilton street circuit where Australian V8’s used to race, and in general this little horse racing track looks like a world class facility. Shame I didn’t get a chance to actually marshal there this time…

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A few days earlier, while my Aussie friend Ian was dropping me off at Anna’s house, we made a drive by past Pukekohe and sure enough we spotted another MX-5 entering the track. Much like Australia the MX-5’s are right in their element in New Zealand, the country has a perfect weather for owning a Roadster!

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ITM500 Volunteer Application Form for V8’s in New Zealand

For those of you interested in volunteering an Aussie V8 Supercars race outside of Australia, there’s no better place than New Zealand!

The Motorsport Club of Auckland, NZ is now recruiting for the ITM500 event at the Pukekohe Raceway Park (the little horsetrack surrounded by a newly improved automotive racetrack) about an hour’s drive south of Auckland.



Kiwis are crazy about V8’s no doubt, and I guarantee a good time to anyone that participates in this event. Pukekohe was my very first marshaling experience in New Zealand:

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First day on the job, volunteering with the Motorsport Club in  November 2011

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The flag points are neat featuring a well like concrete structure with a cutout to climb in. Bring wet weather gear because it will rain!

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Nice and cozy… Do stop in Pokeno on the way over to pick up some freshly made meat pies for the day…. my favorite! Wash it down with some L&P soft drink… also my favorite!

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More info about the club:



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!