Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Pukekohe celebrates 50 Years of Motorsport

Media release
22 March 2013

Pukekohe celebrates 50 Years of Motorsport

A festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pukekohe Park Raceway – the country’s spiritual home of motorsport - takes place in the town’s main street on Saturday 6 April, a week out from the return of the V8 Supercars ITM 400 Auckland.

Organised by ATEED, the Golden Autoversary is a chance for visitors and locals to celebrate Pukekohe’s motorsport pedigree.

“We have had incredible support from the community excited about the return of the V8’s to Pukekohe, and the potential growth of the event year on year for the region,” says Jennah Wootten, ATEED’s Manager Major Events.
Kenny Smith, three time winner of the New Zealand Grand Prix (1976, 1990 and 2004), and the only man to have competed in an event at Pukekohe Park Raceway every year since 1963, will join other racing royalty for the event.

Greg Murphy (V8 Supercars ITM 400 ambassador) and three time winner of the V8 Supercars Championship round at Pukekohe will also be available for autograph signings.
Members of the Bourne family will unveil a bronze statue of the late great Possum Bourne, as part of the Civic celebrations led by the Mayor of Auckland Len Brown.

“The V8s and the events surrounding it are really exciting for motorsport fans and for the people of Pukekohe, and it is great to be a part of welcoming this memorial to an Auckland motorsport legend’s home,” says Len Brown.

The life-size bronze statue, was previously sited at the scene of his accident at the Snow Farm access road at Cardrona, is moving to the driver's home town.

Franklin Local Board chairman Andy Baker said Bourne was a legend in Pukekohe, where his accomplishments and contribution to the community made him a source of pride.

“It is extremely rewarding to be able to bring Possum's statue home to this prominent position in the town that he loved so much. I know Possum’s friends and family are extremely excited,” says Mr Baker.


The Golden Autoversary is one of several lead up events organised by ATEED to celebrate the return of the V8 Supercars ITM 400 to Pukekohe.


Tickets are on sale from Ticketek for the V8 Supercars ITM 400 Auckland at Pukekohe Park Raceway on 12-14 April for as little as NZ$30 plus fees, with three-day general admission for NZ$110 and three-day grandstands from NZ$145. Kids 12 and under receive free GA entry into the event with a paying adult. Patrons who pre-purchase tickets will have special event services by train or bus from Auckland included in the price.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

#SaveCampbellLive : Mediaworks Delivered 104,000 Petition Signatures At TV3's Newton HQ
#PonyTailGate #TailGate Full Coverage

Pukeahu Park : ANZAC 100th Anniversary Dawn Service In Pictures

Roughly 18,000 people gathered this morning at Pukeahu Memorial Park for the Anzac day centenary. Anticipating the large turnout, patrons arrived as early as 4.30. It was virtually impossible to get near the Memorial after 5am. By 6, the crowds on Taranaki Street had stretched as far back as the Z Petrol station.

The screens erected around the park displayed the live events to those who had turned up. The heat generated by the huge number of people caused many to take a turn. Medics and ambulances were on hand for the fainting crowd members. Only twenty minutes into the ceremony, one medic said they had already dealt with 15 to 20 spells. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

War: What’s To Commemorate?

Gordon Campbell in Werewolf: Is there anything that can be validly commemorated on this 100th anniversary of Gallipoli? Beyond, that is, a fleeting sense of empathy with the thousands of soldiers killed or wounded on April 25 1915 and in the months thereafter, until the whole thing was finally called off in December 1915. More>>

MORE IN WEREWOLF:

ALSO:

Peter Ellis Case: Minister Declines Request For Commission Of Inquiry

Justice Minister Amy Adams has declined a request from supporters of Peter Ellis for a Commission of Inquiry on the basis that an inquiry cannot be used to determine the liability of any person. More>>

Quakes: New Process For Red Zone Crown Offers

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a process to give everyone a say on the Crown offers to owners of vacant, commercial/industrial and uninsured properties in the Residential Red Zone. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Battle Obama Is Waging Over The TPP

For the past two and a half years, this column has been arguing that the fate of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will hinge on whether US President Barack Obama can win Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from Congress... Last week, the White House finally, finally unveiled a draft TPA Bill. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Govt Breaks Free Doctors Visit Promise To Kids

Documents obtained by the Green Party show that the Government decided to fund only 90 percent of doctors’ visits for children suffering from an injury in an attempt trim the cost of the so-called “free” visits. More>>

ALSO:

Other Wars: Extension Of NZDF Commitment In Afghanistan

The New Zealand Defence Force’s commitment of mentors and support staff to the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Afghanistan has been extended out to December 2016, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

PM's Press Conference: Auckland Property Prices Increasing "Too Rapidly"

John Key accepted that Auckland property prices 'are going up too rapidly” in a press conference held today in Wellington, however he said that this is not anything new. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: ANZAC PMs Concerned About ISIL Bringing The War Home

Prime Minister Key and Prime Minister Abbott spoke of the bond formed between Australia and New Zealand in the “baptism of fire” of Gallipoli. Abbott stated that New Zealand and Australia’s values and interests are linked, and this is reflected in the joint operation in Iraq which will begin shortly. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news