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Ernie Hogg & Graeme Sandford Win Twizel 250 Enduro in the General

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Offroad racing evolves: the V8s are coming

McCall in action

The V8 engine may be on the way to ‘endangered species’ status on New Zealand roads, but the muscular bellow of American – and even Japanese – high performance V8 engines is beginning to dominate the spectacular world of offroad racing.

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When the first round of the 2015 ENZED New Zealand Offroad Racing Championship starts on Saturday at Kaukapakapa, more than 20 per cent of the 60-strong field will be V8 powered, and the assembled power of the big V8 cars and trucks will exceed 5,000 bhp.

Prototypes could rule the day with experienced racers Gregg Carrington-Hogg and Murray Kitt both moving from the Achilles Radial Class 1 unlimited race car class into the Achilles Radial Class 9.

They join defending class champion Maurice Bain (VW Beetle V6 turbo) and  leave five unlimited-class entries in the top race car Achilles Radial Class 1:

front-runners among that class are Ernie Hogg in the “General” and multiple champion Tony McCall in the ENZED-backed BSL Terra, both running massive race-tuned LS2 Chev V8s.

The ultimate truck class will see a battle between old and new race trucks. There is a new unlimited-class race truck coming all the way from Palmerston North, owner Grant Rosenburg stepping up for class four for modified sport trucks. It has been built in Palmerston North. Another new truck is making its debut with Aucklander Dale Buckley at the wheel, an unlimited-class “ProLite’ design built in America by Kincaid Motorsports. These two go up against Jono Climo’s immaculately-presented Kumho Toyota Hilux Trophy Truck with its twin-turbo V8 and four wheel drive. Also likely to race is Raana Horan in Big Black, his Nissan Titan V8 four wheel drive truck. Horan’s children Brooklyn and Boston are both racing in the Kiwitruck youth category.

More imported race vehicles are flooding into New Zealand as the US-NZ dollar exchange rate continues to favour local racers. Aucklander James Buchanan has imported a Tatum race car and re-powered it with a Mitsubishi Evo turbo engine. Ivan Booth will run a Tatum chassis in class five for cars using engines of up to 1350cc.

Polaris NZ is backing young Tauranga teenager Dyson Delahunty’s step up into the Polaris Class U - UTV or ‘side by side’ class, while another young racer, Tyler Castle, steps up from the VW-powered class seven to race in class five with Suzuki power. The most numerous class is for cars with engines up to 1650cc, where 11 entries had been received by mid-week.

The weekend’s racing starts at 11.00 am on a new course at Haruru Road and takes the form of ‘short course’ heats for fourteen classes of race car and truck including the Kiwitruck youth category. There is an all-in race at the end of the three heats for each class. Short course races are short (five laps) and spectacular, with all race action visible from main spectator locations.

The 2015 ENZED New Zealand Offroad Racing Championship takes place over seven rounds, with competitors racing at either three northern or three southern rounds before the entire championship field meets for the all-in final, which will be held in early November on a farm course in Hawkes Bay.

2015 ENZED Offroad Racing Championship Series kicks off this Saturday

Auckland Offroad Racing Clubs sponsors of round 1 of the 2015 ENZED Offroad Racing Championship, to be held at Kaukapakapa on 7 March 2015

Auckland Offroad Racing Clubs sponsors of round 1 of the 2015 ENZED Offroad Racing Championship, to be held at Kaukapakapa on 7 March 2015

NZ1000 – Event Update


Thank you everybody who has been patiently awaiting news of this year’s NZ1000 event. We have been very busy in the background sorting / beginning all the logistics for this great event and whilst we still have a couple of permits to get signed off, we thought it was timely to send out some event information to help with your planning.

Please note, certain items below are our current proposals at this stage and are subject to compliance, permit, permission or simply just more time to firm up.

Here we go …………


Event – The NZ1000 is a 1,000km (minimum) forest enduro event held over two days of racing. It is widely known as “the largest offroad race in the southern hemisphere”. This year will be the 13th running of the 1000km event.

Dates – Thursday 24th September to Sunday 27th September 2015 (Qualifying Friday, Race Saturday & Sunday).

NZ1000 Head Committee – The head organisation committee is Ernie Hogg, Phil Cameron and Shane Wilson.

Intent to Enter – Will be posted out to all registered ORANZ members and will also be available on this FB page and the website within the next 4 to 6 weeks.

HFM Event Application – Is currently been processed by Hancock Forestry Management.

ORANZ – Will be officiating at the event and vehicles will need to comply with the class rules as per the ORANZ rulebook. ORANZ will be supplying Chief Steward, Chief Technical Officer and Clerk of the Course.

Scrutineering – All race vehicles must arrive at the event “tagged” ensuring compliance with the ORANZ Class & Safety Rules as per ORANZ Rulebook. Some additional safety items will be required (thermal blanket, food, water etc).

Drivers – Up to 2 drivers may compete in each vehicle but one driver must be a current ORANZ member and the second driver can purchase a day / event licence if they were not an ORANZ member in 2014.

Track – Current proposed track is approximately 50km plus long and varies from open gravel roads to open clay roads to tight clay single tracks. There is one section of gravel road which is 15km long and is a rally drivers dream and will reward the brave. There is at least one tunnel and there will be some technical single track used to link tracks together.

Sprint Format – Currently proposed to be run similar to last T1000 where one class at a time will be on the track for a qualifying period of 15 minutes where your fastest lap will be your qualifying time.

Top 10 Shootout – There will be a Top 10 Shootout of 2 laps each where your fastest lap will be your final qualifying lap time for the Saturday start.

Marquee Hire – Marquee hire will again be available for the pit / camping area and booking details will be included in the “Intent to Enter”. A deposit will be required to confirm your booking.

Main Marquee – Will host meals on the Thursday and Friday nights, host the registration and scrutineering on Friday, host the drivers briefing on Friday night and will also contain the Media Centre showing live results throughout the event.

Sponsorship – Our sponsorship manger is Hayden Dickason – if you wish to support the event with sponsorship of services or products please contact Hayden on

Transponders – MXT Timing will be supplying transponders for the event and the cost of these will be included in the event fee.

Camping – Will be available on-site at the track where we will be supplying toilets and a 10 cubicle hot shower unit. Please note there will be a small surcharge for the use of a shower

TV Production – We will have a production company attend the event and prepare a quality TV package to be shown on TV3’s CRC Motorsport Show.

Entry Fee – Yet to be confirmed, but the entry fee for the last event was $850 and this time we need to add the ORANZ Drivers Levy of $55 (for ORANZ attendance) plus added track and tree restitution costs, therefore the Entry Fee may be $950 but will be confirmed in the “Intent to Enter” package.

Overseas Entries – If you wish to attend the event and you are based overseas, please contact Ernie Hogg direct on and we can offer some assistance where applicable.

Programme – Currently proposed briefly as following:-

Thursday – Registration, Display & Safety Check / Scrutineering, Kiwitruck Racing, Kiwitruck Demo Races, Kiwitruck School Competition Ride, Have a Ride Sprint all held at the Tokoroa Events Centre.

This to be a carnival type atmosphere with plenty for kids to do (bouncy castles / Kiwitruck demos etc) and food (food trucks and caravans etc) and drinks and music etc.

Friday – Registration & Scrutineering, Track Recce, Qualifying Sprints, Drivers Briefing all at the NZ1000 track.

Saturday – 500km Race

Sunday – 500km Race and then Prizegiving (with bar, buffet meal and a band) at the Tokoroa Events Centre.

Security will be provided at the pit / camping area and shuttle buses will run between the track and the Tokoroa Events Centre throughout the night.

Trade Displays – If you would like to place a Trade Display at the Tokoroa Events Centre on the Thursday or at the Track during the event please contact Ernie Hogg on

AORC hosts Round 1 of the 2015 ORANZ Championship

Details about the 2015 ORANZ Offroad Racing Championship Series – North Island – Round 1

2015 National North Island Championships 

Round 1 

Short Course Racing 

Saturday 7th March 2015 

Competitor Entry Package 

The Auckland Offroad Racing Club is proud to host the 1st National North Island Round of the NZ Championships.

Venue: Haruru Road, Kaukapakapa.

Follow the signs from Kahikatea Flat Road if you are coming from Kaukapakapa.

Follow the signs from Dairy Flat Highway if you are coming from SH1 and turning off at the Silverdale Motorway Off Ramp.

Track: Natural Rolling Farm Terrain Short Course Track.

Entry Fee $300.00 and includes the following:-

ORANZ Drivers Levy $55.00

ORANZ Transponder Levy $25.00

North Island Finals Trophy Fee $15.00

AORC Event Costs $205.00

Kiwitruck Entry Fee $25.00

Entries Close: Entries close on Friday 28th February 2015.

Full refund provided to those unable to attend due to change of circumstances therefore no need for late entries. Enter on time and if you do not end up making it, we will fully refund your entry.

Grid positions for first race based on order of entry forms / payment and indemnity form received.

Race Format Races – 3 short course races of 5 laps plus (TBC)

Feature – short course race of 15 laps (TBC)

All as per ORANZ Rulebook.

Prizegiving & Dinner To be held 1 hour after the last race finishes at the Silverdale United Rugby Club, 6 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Silverdale, 0932.

Buffet dinner available at the Rugby Club – Details TBC


Saturday 7th March

7.00am Gates Open

7.30am Registration & Vehicle / Safety Gear Checks

Race Vehicles must be tagged – No Tag, No Race!

10.30am Drivers Briefing

11.00am Racing Starts

7.00pm Prizegiving & Dinner at Silverdale United Rugby Club

6 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Silverdale, 0932

Gate Entry:

Vehicles towing a race car – free entry

Adult Spectators – $10

Children under 15 – Free

Onsite Food: Coffee Cart - Hot Food Caterers

Click here to download your entry form - 2015 ORANZ Nth Is Round1 Entry Form

Offroad Race calendar for 2015

29th November 2014 – CMORC Counties Classic Rd 1 at Colin Dale Park

17/18th January 2015 – AORC Club Display at Kumeu Hot Rod Show

31st January 2015 – CMORC Counties Classic Rd 2 at Colin Dale Park

28th February 2015 – CMORC Counties Classic Rd 3 at Colin Dale Park

7/8th March 2015 – North Is National Round 1 SC by AORC at TBC

3/5th April 2015 (Easter) – South Is National Round 1 SC & E (Twizel 250) by ORRC at Twizel

17/19th April 2015 – Race to the Sky – by ORRC at Queenstown

30/31st May 2015 (QB Weekend) – Nth Is National Round 2 Enduro (Woodhill 100) by AORC at Woodhill Forest

27th June 2015 – South Is National Round 1 SC by CORC at West Melton

18/19th July 2015 – NZ1000 & AORC Display at CRC Speedshow

25th July 2015 – South Is National Round 3 Enduro (Nelson 250) by NORC at Nelson

Date TBC – North Is National Round 3 SC by ATR at Meremere

24/27th September 2015 – NZ1000 Tokoroa

24/26th October 2015 TBC (Lab Weekend TBC) – NZ National SC & E Finals – HBORC – TBC

Date TBC – NZ Short Course Champs by PNORC at Fielding

2014 Auckland Offroad Racing Club AGM – THIS WEDNESDAY!


Club Meeting & AGM will be held this Wednesday 12th November at Ponsonby Rugby Clubrooms at Western Springs from 7.30pm.

NZ1000 comes to Tokoroa

The Auckland Offroad Racing Club (AORC) is very pleased to announce that the NZ1000 (formerly Taupo 1000) will be hosted in the Ngatira Forest located between Tokoroa and Putaruru from Thursday 24th September to Sunday 27th September 2015 (race days Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September 2015).

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South Waikato District Council is excited to host the event in the district and have been incredibly positive with discussions to date. The Council see the event as having a substantial positive impact on the promotion of their district. This event aligns well with our key strategic goal of district promotion and of course our affinity with sport and active living,” said Council’s Communications Manager Kerry Fabrie. “In addition the economic spinoff resulting from hosting this event in our district supports our focus on driving positive growth for our economy.”

The AORC is also working closely with representatives of Hancock Forestry Management to develop a track layout within the Ngatira Forest that will meet Forestry criteria and conditions. The team hope to have this agreed to in the next couple of months.

Accommodation in the area is limited so there will be an emphasis on freedom camping being available at the track with hot showers and toilets available for those camping, as well as the large event marquee setup with tables and chairs.

The AORC have decided that ORANZ (the governing body for offroad racing in NZ) will provide the Chief Steward, Chief Technical Officer and Clerk of the Course roles for the event to ensure the level of compliance in all things racing related is consistent with ORANZ regulations.

The event is currently being managed by Ernie Hogg and the AORC Club Committee but the reins will soon be handed over to a three person NZ1000 committee who will oversee the management of the event and report back to the Committee and Club as planning progresses.

The countdown is on …………………….

Ben Thomasen wins again – King of the 2014 Peter Howell Memorial

Ben Thomasen takes his Polaris RZR1000 to an emphatic victory in Maramarua Forest

Ben Thomasen takes his Polaris RZR1000 to an emphatic victory in Maramarua Forest

2014 Peter Howell Memorial – From racer and AORC President Ernie Hogg -

“Well the Peter Howell Memorial is done and dusted for another year. Congratulations to Ben Thomasen who had another outstanding drive, Mike Small and Shaun Russell for 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Ernie hogg in flight on lap 2 of the race

Ernie hogg in flight on lap 2 of the race

We started the day well when we qualified 2nd fastest with a good run and even better turn around the cone at the top of the qualifying sprint. Pole went to Richard Crabb and 3rd fastest was Ben Thomasen. There were 22 entries on the day.

Neil Howell blasts through the timing line during the sprint for pole

Neil Howell blasts through the timing line during the sprint for pole

Unfortunately we didn’t do so well in the race, crashing out in the 1st race on lap 3 of 7 sitting in 2nd place behind Ben Thomasen when we backed it into a corner and exited the track backwards down a bank. After several attempts at the impossible we decided to exit the car before it buggered off down the bank further so while we had some spectators put some weight on the front of the car, we climbed out of the buggy. It had been a long time since I’d watched the race from the side of the track, but fortunately it was reasonably warm. We were towed / winched out after the race was finished by Kevin Cooper and were able to drive our way back to the pits.

Shaun Russell has made the move from Challenger to Class 1 in the ex Robt. Ryan V8 racer. Shaun sprinted well and finished in 3rd overall

Shaun Russell has made the move from Challenger to Class 1 in the ex Robt. Ryan V8 racer. Shaun sprinted well and finished in 3rd overall

In the 2nd race we were making our way through the field from the back as the track got faster and faster when on lap 5 we lost a steering rod bolt on the hub end resulting in the steering rod being snapped off at the rack end which resulted in us clearing a path through some toitoi’s as the buggy decided to exit the track left. After levelling 30m of toitoi and gorse bushes we came to a rest, backed ourselves out of the toitoi’s, removed a sack full of toitoi’s and gorse from inside the cabin and drove rather drunken like to an area where we could pull over away from the traffic. A message was relayed back to the pits after the race and we were soon delivered a replacement steering arm which we fitted and once again we drove our way back to the pits.

Veteran racer, Richard Crabbe brought his experience to bear when he set the fastest sprint time in his class 1 racer and took Pole position for the race.

Veteran racer, Richard Crabbe brought his experience to bear when he set the fastest sprint time in his class 1 racer and took Pole position for the race.

Overall we were pretty happy with the day, in Race 1 it was a fine line between making it or not and we didn’t and in the Race 2, sometimes stuff breaks and there is not much you can do about it – that’s offroad racing!

U16 belongs to Joel Giddy. This is a brand new, off the shelf Polaris RZR1000 and it featured strongly throughout the race.

U16 belongs to Joel Giddy. This is a brand new, off the shelf Polaris RZR1000 and it featured strongly throughout the race.

We’d like to thank the organisers, volunteers, marshalls, lap scorers, registrars and scrutineers including the volunteers who helped with track setup on the Saturday for a great relaxed event especially Phil Cameron who was the Event Organiser and Clerk of the Course.

Also like to thank Graeme Sandford who climbed in the co-driver’s seat for the day and to Taine Carrington for helping in the pits and on the radio.”