The Do­min­ion’s first mo­tor race I Clas­sic Targa J

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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

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