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Benson and Hedges 500, Pukekohe

Benson and Hedges 500, Pukekohe

A long-distance race for production saloon cars, the Benson and Hedges 500-mile (later 1,000-kilometre) race was held annually at Pukekohe from 1968. As shown in this photo of the starting line-up, New Zealand-assembled Valiant Chargers dominated the competition during the 1970s.

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Jim Webber, 'Motor sport - Production- and saloon-car racing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 June 2024)

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