Story: Motor sport

First New Zealand motor race, 1901

First New Zealand motor race, 1901

Motor cars were so unusual in New Zealand in 1901 that this newspaper article noted the first race between them under the broader headline of 'Cycling'. The competitors' vehicles were a Comiot tricycle, a Brown quadricycle, a Benz voiturette (an early motor car) and a Minerva-engined bicycle. They were handicapped by starting at different lengths behind the starting line, with the tricycle on scratch and the Benz 200 yards behind it. The motor bicycle won the 3 -mile (4.8-kilometre) race by a quarter-mile, in 11 minutes 8 seconds, followed by the quad bike and the tricycle, with the Benz well back.

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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: Press, 7 November 1901, p. 6

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Jim Webber, 'Motor sport - Earliest motor sports', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/39902/first-new-zealand-motor-race-1901 (accessed 15 November 2018)

Story by Jim Webber, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Apr 2016