Looking back at Kiwis on wheels

March 15, 2009

Racing: A History of Motorsport in New Zealand, by Ross MacKay (Whitcoulls, RRP $34.99):

New Zealanders tend to do well on the international stage when it comes to motorsport but let’s not forget the amazing history of motorsport we have here in our own country.

Motorsport journalist Ross MacKay takes a look at where we’ve been on two wheels and four, taking readers from the very first organised event at Christchurch’s Addington Raceway back in 1905 to the action we get revved up about today.

Packed with never-before published photos, first-hand accounts and historical facts, this book gives a fascinating look at how motorsport has developed over the years.

It also offers up a look at some of those big names, including Ron Roycroft, Bruce McLaren, Scott Dixon and Steve and Rod Millen.

The author reckons his life-long interest in the sport of speed was triggered by a trip to a club meeting at our very own Teretonga back in the early 1970s.

You and me both, Ross.

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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