It is often said of any sport or occupation, that there are those that can, and those that can’t, with the latter either writing or talking about it, living out their own fantasies through the exploits of others far more talented.

Peering back through the mists of time, I realised early on that I was never going to be a World Drivers Champion, but by choosing to talk and write about motor racing I have been rather privileged to have observed almost a lifetime of this sport, and the characters within it, from the lofty and sometimes draughty heights of various race track commentary boxes throughout New Zealand.

Teretonga Park, near Invercargill, was home for almost 30 years, but equally enjoyable broadcasting opportunities included being perched on the roof of the Queenstown Primary school for all the Queenstown Street Races, a once-only verandah spot at the Waimate 50 street event, crouched halfway up the mountain at early Coronet Peak Hill Climbs, guest spots including the Dunedin Street Races, at Manfeild raceway, the original Taupo Club circuit and hosting the original Legends of Speed event at Pukekohe. More recent outings have included stints at the shiny new Tony Quinn-owned tracks at Highlands Motorsport Park and Hampton Downs.

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