Taranaki Historic Speedway Association Inc. --
  New Zealand

Saving the past -- for the future.     Saving the past -- for the future.

         This site seeks to record a brief history of  New Zealand speedways and competitors, past and present, particularly in our home province of  Taranaki, starting with Waiwakaiho Speedway (1950--1969).  Speedway in NZ started in the late 1920's and prior to1965 ran solo motorbikes, midgets, sidecars and TQ's. (Three quarter midgets) Other classes like stock, sprint and saloon cars came later. Early speedways that have since closed are listed here, NZ Speedways  along with currently operating speedways. Histories are being recorded as we are able to research the information.  Some current NZ speedways are also listed on our links page. If you can help with NZ speedway history please contact the webmaster via
this link

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Local Taranaki Speedways  Midgets 50's and 60's  Club members vehicles

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NZ Speedway Hall of Fame ( page 1 ) NZ Speedway Hall of fame ( Page 2 ) NZ Speedway Hall of Fame ( page 3)

Speedway web links    Speedway Museum,  Auckland   Speedway books n' DVD's                               
Waiwakaiho Speedway first season   Waiwakaiho Speedway 2nd Season  
Where did speedway start ??       Bits 'N' Pieces     Rider and driver personalities

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Our club is supported by the following advertisers in Pit Notes, our newsletter --  Eurobike Wholesale,  USA Specialty Products,  Pipeline WAM,  Taranaki Signwriters,  Pace Engineering and Engine Rebuilders / Classic Car Components. Also General & Marine Contracting and Westown Lotto.

We sincerly thank them all.

Photo below  is Ian Hoskins at right, our first Honorary member, with Ivan Mauger, at the World Long Track final run here in New Plymouth in November 2003. Ian is the son of the legendary Johnnie Hoskins who had a major influence on the start of speedway in Australia and the rest of the world. Follow this link to read Ian's comments about the start of speedway. Johnnie was born here in Taranaki and Ian has returned to live here. Ivan, from Christchurch, New Zealand,  was winner of 9 World Championships on short and long tracks and among other awards was granted an OBE and an MBE.

Ivan n Ian

Please note this site is subject to copyright laws and use of any info or graphics without the webmasters permission is not allowed. Every effort has been made to trace copyright holders of photo's or text used. The webmaster would appreciate hearing from any copyright holder not acknowledged. If any visitor can contribute to this site
in any way or help correct any discrepancy, please follow
this link. to Max Rutherford