Story: Motor sport

First stand-alone motor race, 1905

First stand-alone motor race, 1905

The dust flies at Christchurch's Addington Raceway during New Zealand's first race meeting for motor vehicles alone, held in 1905. Thirty vehicles took part in this Great Automobile Gymkhana. Events included a driving competition and races around the trotting track, the number of laps varying according to each vehicle's horsepower. The under-6-horsepower class was won by a local GP, Dr Diamond, in a De Dion car.

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Jim Webber, 'Motor sport - Earliest motor sports', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 February 2024)

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