Taranaki Historic Speedway Association Inc. -- New Zealand.
Saving the past -- for the future.     Saving the past -- for the future.

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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) Stock, sprint and saloon cars came later. Those closed speedways we know about 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

New Zealand Speedways current and past       NZ Speedway Champions        

NZ Speedway Hall of Fame  (Updated to include 2016)   Local Taranaki Speedways     
First and second year of Waiwakaiho history

Where did speedway start?  
(The debate continues)  The start of speedway in Ireland.
   Speedway history in NZ

        Personalities and rider / drivers who have contributed to speedway in NZ

Bits 'N' Pieces      Midgets (photo gallery)     Speedway Museum,  Auckland     

History of Stockcar Racing in NZ
     Speedway books n' DVD's

About our club    Join or contact our club    About the webmaster.  

Another great book now available

Back ground stories from F1 and other series in the
1960’s with personal insights to --

Jackie Stewart,  Jack Brabham, 
Stirling Moss, 
Denny Hulme, Frank Gardner.

Max worked on building and preparing cars for all those drivers and was close friend to others like Frank Williams and Bruce McLaren.

Formula One was dangerous yet exciting as motor racing
entered the modern age and ‘Gentleman Drivers’
gave way to professionalism. A great time to have been involved.

Foreword by Sir Jackie Stewart.
225 pages--180 images.
Most in colour.

Just $30 nz (Free postage in NZ)--  Contact the webmaster  info@##historicspeedway.co.nz  (if necessary remove the ##)

Email me for banking details.


Photo below left, is Ian Hoskins, 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 now 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.

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 --Web Master

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


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