New Zealand was once rich in old racing cars; perhaps
this was the last place on earth where they could be considered
This should have provided an excellent opportunity
for a vigorous historic movement to be formed back in the days
of those Ardmore and Pukekohe Grand Prix. Unfortunately this did
not eventuate and when historic motor sport gained popularity
overseas, enthusiasts from the United Kingdom and Australia were
quick to scoop up our unwanted machinery - usually at rock bottom
A group did gather in Taupo some years ago to form
the Country Gentlemen's Historic Racing Club, which strangely
enough foundered in the North Island has flourished "down south".
The South Island group hosted the famous Wigram Historic Races
for many years.
During 1981 a group of Auckland enthusiasts
became increasingly concerned at the lack of interest by other
organisations in these cars and so decided to form this Historic
Racing and Sports Car Club, which is now dedicated to preserving
and using old racing machinery.
The Club caters for Racing and Sport-racing
Cars built prior to 1970 (this includes suitable Specials), and
also Open Production Sports Cars built prior to 1961. Certain
other types that are considered to be of special interest by our
eligibility committee may also be admitted. For instance early
Formula Fords and all Formula 5000 cars are accepted.
Our members own a wide variety of cars (at present
totalling over 100 vehicles) ranging for early MG's and Rileys
through to Cooper, Brabham and Lotus single seaters of the 1950's
and 60's. New Zealand-built competition cars like the Begg and
Valour are especially welcomed. Many of these cars have been rebuilt
by their owners and more are still being rebuilt, including a
Cooper 500, a 1952 Connaught F2, and a Lola T212 which once won
the British Sports Car Championship.
Fortunately, like old soldiers, old racing cars
never seem to die but just gradually fade away, to either moulder
in some forgotten corner, or else their vital parts are incorporated
into a more modern machine.
Perhaps you know of such a car? Or even bits
and pieces of one? If so, we would like to hear from you. Many
of our members are being held up from completing the restoration
because that one small piece is still missing.
If you are able to help us, wish to support this
organisation, or wish to be a member, please make contact through
the address on this website.