So positive was the reaction that a committee was formed, and negotiations began to secure local body support and obtain a track licence. The key to its success was the involvement of four key motorsports people, already known within motor racing circles, who had the event experience to put this together.

They then established a company, New Zealand Motorsport Promotions Ltd, which I chaired. The other directors were Graeme ‘Robbo’ Robertson as Clerk of Course, Martin Fine as Assistant Clerk of Course and the late Jon Donovan.

Kayne Scott’s Peanut Slab Sierra Cosworth

The event was fully supported by Tourism Waikato, the Hamilton City Council and the Waikato Sports Foundation. Applications were made and the official track inspection was completed in June 1992.

Commercial support from sponsors was impressive and included Telecom, Television New Zealand, Waikato Times, ICI Autocolour and Air New Zealand. One unique sponsor relationship was with the Redicare Medical Centre that was sited within the track confines. Not only did they obligingly close for the weekend of racing, but they remained operating as an emergency hospital in case the organisers required their services. It was probably the only racing circuit in the world at that time that had a fully operational hospital on site.

The famous Southward Museum Stutz gets ready for a demo lap

All profits from the events would go to charity, being given to Conductive Education, Waikato Polytechnic Students with Disabilities, St Johns and the NZ Fire Service. In 1994 the profits went to the IHC.


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