2017 New Zealand Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor Rac­ing — Cel­e­brat­ing Kenny Smith F

Steve Ritchie

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rom Jan­uary 20 to 22 next year, Hamp­ton Downs will host the New Zealand Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor Rac­ing (NZFMR). Ev­ery year, the NZFMR re­volves around a cho­sen mar­que or per­son­al­ity. Last year, Porsche took cen­tre stage, and next year it’s go­ing to be one of the un­sung he­roes of New Zealand mo­tor sport, the great Kenny Smith.

At the time of go­ing to print, the NZFMR was still wait­ing for con­fir­ma­tion from two of the fea­ture cat­e­gories, For­mula 5000 and His­toric For­mula 1. How­ever, it’s al­ready shap­ing up to be a great week­end cel­e­brat­ing clas­sic cars of all makes and mod­els from around the world.

Some of the con­firmed cat­e­gories in­clude Cen­tral Mus­cle Cars, Group A / Her­itage Tour­ing Cars, For­mula Ju­nior Group 1, For­mula Ju­nior Group 2, His­toric For­mula Ford, Li­bre / His­toric Sin­gle Seater / At­lantic cars, His­toric Mus­cle Cars and His­toric Saloon Cars, and Euro­pean Rac­ing Clas­sic.

When asked about the NZFMR event and how he feels about it cel­e­brat­ing his ex­ten­sive mo­tor rac­ing ca­reer in New Zealand, Kenny said, “I’m very de­lighted to be in­volved, al­though I’m not the type of per­son who cares too much about pub­lic­ity stuff, un­like some who seem to live off it. I just en­joy what I do, and to be a good win­ner you’ve got to be a good loser, but that’s the trou­ble with a lot of peo­ple, they’re not. But this fes­ti­val is good, and I’m very ex­cited about it.”

Go to hamp­ton­downs.com for more de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about the event.

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