The Dominion’s first motor race I Classic Targa J
was reading the recent NZ Classic Car motor sport special and the mention of the 1921 beach races at Muriwai. I recalled that my 1921 Auckland Weekly News Annual included some photographs of this event. A scan is attached that I thought may be of interest. The other photos in the annual are captioned as — “The Motor-cars not competing parked near the roadside in the vicinity of Muriwai Beach”, “Congratulations for H Natrass, the winner of the New Zealand Motor Cup at Muriwai Last Saturday”, and “The Finish Of The Acceleration Test at the motor race meeting at Muriwai Beach last Saturday, an event which was won by Ah Chee and Co.’s Hudson Car”.
The small print says, “The Dominion’s first motor-car race meeting was held on Muriwai Beach, west coast of Auckland, last Saturday, under the auspices of the Auckland Automobile Association. It is estimated that over 1500 motor-cars were present. The cars not competing were parked in spaces by the roadside and beneath the trees.”
The final caption reads: “The first motor-car race meeting held in New Zealand: sport on the Muriwai Beach, Auckland, last Saturday.” The particular page is dated Thursday, March 10, 1921.
Dougall Love, Auckland
Thanks for the additional information on that historic motor race, Dougall. I suspect our archive shots of this event were probably once part of the Auckland Weekly News photo archives. AGW ust received the November edition of NZ Classic Car, read the editorial regarding a ‘Classic Targa’ event and was surprised to see a photograph of our car. We absolutely endorse Allan’s sentiment and would actively support such an event.
Although South Island based these days — and increasingly involved in VCC [ Vintage Car Club] activities — we’re still active participants in classic racing.
Hopefully, your editorial will encourage some positive action.
Anne and Rod Corbett, via email
We’ ll just have to wait and see what happens after the dust from this year’s main Targa New Zealand event settles. AGW