Mo­tor sport

Motor Equipment News - - CONTENTS - By Ross MacKay. Im­age cour­tesy Porsche.

Wan­ganui-born Porsche fac­tory driver Earl Bam­ber has been in­ducted into the Mo­tor­Sport New Zealand Wall of Fame.

The in­duc­tion was an­nounced by Mo­tor­Sport New Zealand pres­i­dent Wayne Christie and Pres­i­dent d’Hon­neur Mor­rie Chan­dler dur­ing Mo­tor­Sport NZ’s an­nual awards night held at Welling­ton’s TSB Arena on Satur­day 26 May.

Lo­cated in Mo­tor­Sport House in Welling­ton, the Mo­tor­Sport NZ Wall of Fame was es­tab­lished in 1994 as a per­ma­nent re­minder of the achieve­ments of past and present mem­bers who have been in­stru­men­tal in show­cas­ing New Zealand’s mo­tor­sport achieve­ments to the world at large.

The Wall of Fame in­scrip­tion for 27-year-old Bam­ber reads: “Earl Bam­ber has carved him­self a place in New Zealand and more re­cently in­ter­na­tional mo­tor rac­ing his­tory.

“In 2016, Earl joined with Porsche team-mates Nico Hulken­berg and Nick Tandy to win the leg­endary 24-Hours of Le Mans en­durance race in a fac­tory Porsche 919. He was the first New Zealan­der to win the race since Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon in 1966. Two years later Earl won the race again, this time with friend and fel­low Kiwi Bren­don Hart­ley and Timo Bern­hard.

“Born and raised on a farm at Jerusalem near Wan­ganui, Earl took a tra­di­tional path into mo­tor­sport, pro­gress­ing up through kart­ing to full sized sin­gle seaters.”

Bam­ber joins other lu­mi­nar­ies of New Zealand mo­tor­sport on the Wall of Fame in­clud­ing Chris Amon, Pos­sum Bourne, How­den Gan­ley, Hay­den Pad­don, Greg Mur­phy and Bren­don Hart­ley.

See http://mo­tor­sport.org.nz/con­tent/wall-fame for more de­tails on the Mo­tor­Sport NZ Wall of Fame.

Earl Bam­ber, the lat­est Kiwi driver to join Mo­tor­Sport NZ’s Wall of Fame.

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