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