Story: Motor sport

Levin Car Club, 1956

Levin Car Club, 1956

This is the cover of the programme for the Levin Car Club's first-ever race meeting, in January 1956. The figure-eight circuit inside a horse-racing track was New Zealand's first permanent motor racing circuit. Both cars and motorcycles, with national and international drivers, competed in this inaugural meeting and 18,000 spectators jammed the roads leading to the event. Some 60 further race meetings were held at the Levin circuit before it closed in 1975.

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Kete Horowhenua, Horowhenua Historical Society
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Jim Webber, 'Motor sport - Race tracks and racing organisations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 June 2024)

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