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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 www.nz1000.co.nz 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 hayden@haansolutions.co.nz

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 aucklandoffroadracing@gmail.com 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 aucklandoffroadracing@gmail.com


Hampton Downs trackmap1Hampton Downs Motor Sport Park will expand activities at its complex this October with the opening of a huge park for casual and competition off road use.

Polaris, the world’s largest off road vehicle producer has taken up naming rights and the new venue will be known as the Hampton Downs Polaris Off Road Park.

The off road park is a new concept for off road motorsports, providing accessibility to a well-established facility on a weekly basis with track hire available all season. It will cater for casual use every Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm during a season that will run from October to May and will cater for bikes, ATVs, UTVs and off road race cars. There are plans for regular competitive events and brand new “Skids 4 Kids” days will also be a feature, encouraging younger generations to become involved. Major partner Polaris sees it as a great fit in its drive to increase popularity and sales of its factory-produced range of off road recreation and competition vehicles.

Park Manager Ian Foster believes The Polaris Off Road Park will be significant for the growth and exposure of the sport which is often conducted in remote, one-off, locations. “The aim is to grow the sport by giving anybody and everybody the opportunity to experience off roading in a controlled environment with competitions at the venue to expose the sport of Off Road Racing to the general public,” he explained.

A focus will be on the factory produced class of UTV vehicles, which are fast becoming popular for both recreation and competition. The first UTV Championship will be a feature of the season and will be staged in conjunction with a revived Off Road Grand Prix Series. Auckland Off Road Racing Club has booked eight dates to run Off Road Association of New Zealand (ORANZ) sanctioned events at the park over next summer, which will include a National Championship round.

Hampton Downs circuit is already popular amongst the country’s car brands and the new facility will also be available for dealer demonstration days, corporate ride days and track hire during weekends and week days by appointment. The public will also be welcome to hire an off road vehicle on offer or bring their own, trailered, machine to any of the public weekends scheduled throughout the summer season.

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Further information is available at www.hamptondownsoffroadpark.co.nz and you can follow latest updates at www.facebook.com/hamptondownsoffroadpark

2013 Peter Howell Memorial Offroad Race – THIS SUNDAY

Peter howell HeaderTHIS SUNDAY - 
Gates will be open from 8.00
Scrutineering will start when we get there usually from 9 .00- 9-30
Drivers briefing 10-30 .
1st race 11.00
2nd Race 1.00 pm



Travel south on the Southern Motorway, State Highway 1 towards Hamilton
Go through 1 roundabout , 86.6 km from Manukau (start point)

Turn right onto State Highway 39 in Ngaruawahia (signs for Raglan/Otorohanga)
100 m
Take the 1st left to stay on State Highway 39
16.6 km
Turn right onto State Highway 23
3.2 km
Turn right onto Karakariki Rd
Destination will be on the left
7.2 km

727 Karakariki Rd
Whatawhata 3289

Pay Competition Entry Fees on the day at scrutineering 2013 Peter Howell Memorial Enduro – (Competitor Entry Fee $70) & Waikato Challenge Cup – (Competitor Entry Fee $60) Sunday 17th November 2013
727 Karakariki Road
Ngaruawahia Natural Terrain Farmland Course
Race format is Double Enduro (2 x 1 hour races). First race starts at 11am

Hosted by Waikato Offroad Racing Club 

To be run alongside the Waikato Offroad Racing Club Challenge Cup Enduro. 

Separate entry required to both events – 2013 Peter Howell Memorial Enduro – Competitor Entry Fee $70 

& Waikato Challenge Cup – Competitor Entry Fee $60

If you want to contest only the Peter Howell Memorial then you just enter the Peter Howell Memorial (only $70)
If you want to contest both the Peter Howell Memorial and the Challenge Cup Enduro then you must enter both and pay both Entry Fees (this option will cost is discounted to $110 – but think of the glory of being an instant double title holder of two prestigious events!).

Absolutely No Dogs allowed at this property

2013 Peter Howell Memorial Enduro – (Competitor Entry Fee $70)
& Waikato Challenge Cup – (Competitor Entry Fee $60)
Sunday 17th November 2013
727 Karakariki Road

Natural Terrain Farmland Course

Auckland Offroad Racing Club’s Officials for the 2013 – 2014 racing season

Congratulations to the following officers / persons elected at last nights AGM for the upcoming year:-

President & ORANZ Delegate Ernie Hogg
Vice President Gregg Carrington Hogg
Club Treasurer Louise Houghton
Club Secretary Gregg Carrington Hogg / Ernie Hogg
Club Registrar Louise Houghton
Committee Members Ernie Hogg
Gregg Carrington Hogg
Louise Houghton
Mike Fraser
Colin Sandford
Andrew Phillips
Brendan Holland
Tim Ackers
Glen Houghton
Dave Bonniface
Graham Steedman
Steve McConnell
ORANZ Delegate Dave Bonniface

Thank you very much to the following people who have dedicated themselves to the Committee over many years and have resigned from their positions on the Committee.

Marion Saelman
Tony Saelman
Donn Attwood

ENZED is proud to sponsor the longest offroad race in the Southern hemisphere.

2013Taupo1000_EventPosterClick Here to download the full size event poster

ENZED has confirmed its status as the main sponsor for the race in September, which will be known as the ENZED Taupo 1000.

Taupo 1000 spokesperson Tony Saelman says for the race, the agreement is a major step forward and an endorsement of the quality of the event itself.
“We’re really pleased that such a high profile company as ENZED, with such a long and proud history of involvement in motorsport, has become our main sponsor and event partner. This adds so much to the months of hard work we do as race organisers and volunteers to make this iconic race happen,” he said.
It is the first time ENZED has become involved in offroad racing at such a high level.
With four months until the race cars and trucks grid up to race, the event’s ‘intent to enter’ page has topped a record 120 teams, including racers from North America and Australia. Run over three days in September, the Taupo 1000 is the longest, toughest, fastest offroad race in the southern hemisphere, completing 1000 km over two days – or the equivalent of a Bathurst 1000 track race without once running on sealed roads. Free practice and qualifying laps are to be held over a short course on Friday 13 September, with the race itself taking place on the Saturday and Sunday and competitors aiming to complete up to 500 km per day.
The international standing of the Taupo 1000 grows year by year. With race teams planning their Taupo 1000 assault up to two years before the event, the event always draws record numbers of media and is covered for television in New Zealand on TV3 and Australia.

Overall winner, Australian competitor, Brad Prout in winning style at the 2011 Taupo 1000

Overall winner, Australian competitor, Brad Prout in winning style at the 2011 Taupo 1000

Each year the online profile of the race grows, with its Facebook page attracting tens of thousands of views per day and a race-weekend ‘reach’ approaching 400,000. Racers post onboard and other footage on Youtube and link back to their own team social media channels and to the event page.
“Every time this race happens it takes huge steps beyond what has gone before. One of the great things this year is the new track. We have been able to bring the race much closer to Taupo, and the new start-finish and pit area is on wide, open rolling farmland which means spectators get to see plenty of race action from the one location,” said Mr Saelman.
Event information is available online at the race website www.taupo1000.co.nz and on its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/EnzedTaupo1000

Wilco Racing Team at 2013 ORANZ National Round Meremere

Mike Fraser battles teh Class 1 field in ORANZ competition at Meremere

Mike Fraser battles teh Class 1 field in ORANZ competition at Meremere

Mike Fraser competed in WRT102 on Sunday in the first round of the ORANZ North Island National Rounds at Meremere hosted by the All Terrain Racing Club.
We spent last week repairing the right rear trailing arm, repairing also the fuel tank which was split from the last event and carrying out our routine race preparation in the workshop.
On a wet Saturday we loaded up WRT102 onto the WRT trailer and headed out to Leader Products, the venue for driver registration and vehicle scrutineering.
The rain cleared and after successfully getting WRT102 through scrutineering, we were able to spend a bit of time checking out the rest of the vehicles on display including new cars and then some old cars with new paint jobs and also some old cars with new modifications.
Was certainly great to mix and mingle and this all added to the excitement for the weekend.
Certainly seemed like there were going to be plenty of entries, especially when we considered “out of town” entrants were allowed to be scrutineered on race day the following day so were not here today.
Sunday morning dawned a bit drizzly in Auckland but soon cleared once we had cleared the Bombay’s heading south to the track at Meremere.
Arriving at the track, we soon had WRT102 unloaded and our pit area setup good to go (tools, tyres, chairs, chilly bin, spares, fuel, driver safety equipment etc) – we were ready.
With plenty of time on our side, we were able to walk the pits and view the rest of the machinery on display.
It was good to see the boys from the Palmerston North club had trundled their way up North and were there in force with my old man Peter Hogg in his Class 3, Martin van der Wal in his Class 8 (and current Class 8 National Champ), William van der Wal in his new Prolite based Class 8 and Ivan Booth in his newly acquired Class 5 – the buggers even nabbed a couple of trophies with Dad taking 2nd place in Class 3 and Martin taking 2nd place in Class 8 for the day – another daylight raid by our hillbilly mates!!
The pits are certainly very impressive nowadays, with immaculately prepared race cars and race trailers, sponsors flags and banners, ezyup gazebos galore – it was great to see and as a sponsor, was also great to see the importance placed on getting the class sponsor decals onto the vehicles.
After the “out of town” entrants were scrutineered, the drivers briefing was held and everybody was given the outline and run down for the day.
There were going to be four races for the day for each of the groups including 3 x 5 lap sprint races and 1 x 15 lap all-in feature race.
The Class 1 vehicles (unlimited 2WD buggies) were grouped with Class 3’s (1600cc buggies) and the Class 9 vehicles (unlimited vehicle with manufacturers body type – i.e. Baja bugs etc).
The other Class 1 vehicles on show today were Tony McCall, Mal Langley, Clim Tristrim Lammers, Paul Smith, Clive Thornton, Paul Eayrs and Alan Hilliam – pretty much a lot of the top drivers in the North Island and covered everything from turbos to injected V8’s.
Other groups racing were 1) Kiwitruck J’s and M’s, 2) Challengers, Class 7’s, Class R’s and Class 10’s, 3) Class 5’s, 4) Class 1’s, Class 3’s and Class 9’s, 5) Class 8 and 6) Class 2’s, 4’s and 6’s)
First race was very wet after all the rain during the previous weeks, but as the day went on the track conditions improved into a great track, albeit with some massive holes developing in places around the course – crikey you gotta love offroad racing!
Mike was like a proverbial “pig in #*&^” and did bloody well during the day, at times getting himself into the lead during a couple of the races and finished the days racing with a couple of thirds as his best results and also managed to finish every race, albeit only just in the feature race!
The racing was intense and wheel to wheel, even wheel on wheel and in some case wheels on bodies as everybody competed as hard as they could for positions. It was good old fashioned racing at its best, fast cars, good fields and close racing!
As with previous events that WRT102 had been entered, this event was a good learning curve for the setup of the car as we played around with tyre pressures, tyres (changing to hand cut tyres for the first race), adjusting bump stop pressures etc.
We had not realised that we had the car set up with some toe-in on the front which we believe contributed to the amount of feedback through the steering wheel, but we were unable to adjust this on the day, as we did not have enough adjustment in the steering arm rod ends.
Disaster came for WRT102 when in the last race of the day when the gearbox finally blew up, and although Mike was able to finish the race, the gearbox didn’t sound great with all the clunks and knocks coming from it – blowing the gearbox up had been a long time coming and we’d been surprised we’d been able to get away with it like we had – but t’is no more – so time to park it up in the corner of the workshop and save some pennies and get on with an gearbox upgrade!
Not sure of the individual placing’s for each of the Class 1 races except that Tony McCall pretty much out and out dominated Class 1, so much so that he lapped the rest of the Class 1 field in the feature race only to be lapped himself by the rest of the field as he stopped short of the Start / Finish with a few laps to go unable to restart the car to finish the race with I believe more fuel issues. Can’t have hurt his results too badly as he finished 1st overall in Class for the day!
Overall, another great day for the sport, a shame about the gearbox but we knew we were living on the edge with it, but awesome to be out there amongst it!

Congratulations to ATR for an awesome event!


Ernie – Wilco Racing Team

2013 STIHL SHOP Woodhill 100

the 2013 Stihl Shop Woodhill 100

the 2013 Stihl Shop Woodhill 100

AORC are very pleased to announce that STIHL SHOP have come on board as the main sponsor for NZ’s most iconic offroad endurance race and the event is to be promoted as the 2013 STIHL SHOP Woodhill 100

 We also welcome the following class sponsors for the event:-

Class 1 and 2      Frontline Projects Ltd & Phoenix Engineering Ltd

Class 3 and 4      Alert Anodising Ltd

Class 5 and 6      STIHL SHOP Ellerslie

Class 7 and 8      CSBC Builders Ltd

Class 9, 10 & C   VW Shoppe Ltd

Class R/UTV       STIHL SHOP Drury

The 2013 STIHL SHOP Woodhill 100 Offroad Race held in the Woodhill Forest is not only the oldest running offroad racing event in NZ but is also the longest continually running endurance motorsport event in NZ.

 The 2013 STIHL SHOP Woodhill 100 is run by the Auckland Offroad Racing Club (AORC) and this year will be the 33rd running of the event.

As usual the event is to be held on Queens Birthday weekend with scrutineering and the qualifying sprints (to determine grid position) to be held on Saturday 1st June and the race to be held on Sunday 2nd June.

The 2013 STIHL SHOP Woodhill 100 is raced on the fast logging roads and testing sand tracks of the Woodhill Forest and provides the ultimate endurance test for man and machine in the sport of offroad racing. 

To finish the race is reward enough for those that tackle the event.

This year we are proposing 9 laps of a an approximate 28km lap consisting of 50% gravel and 50% sand tracks totalling approximately 250km.

A very spectator friendly layout coupled with seeing the vehicles complete 9 laps will provide plenty of entertainment for the fans.

There are 12 different classes of offroad racing machines competing at the event plus 2 kids’ classes also completing a smaller race at the event.


March Club Meeting – 7:30pm Wednesday 6 March – Western Springs Speedway Clubrooms

The March meeting of the Auckland Offroad Racing Club will be held at 7:30pm on Wednesday 6 March 2013 in the Western Springs Speedway Clubrooms.

Order of Business:

Welcome address from Club President : Ernie Hogg


Minutes from the previous meeting:

Event Preparation and Planning Reports: Counties Classic Round 2/AORC Club Champs Round 1, Woodhill 100, Taupo 1000 and ORANZ Competition

General Business:

Historical Club Awards: Boxhead Award, Sh#*House Driver Award and Mr Mincer Award – (all awarded to the most deserving Auckland Offroad Racing Club Member in each case)

All are welcome to attend this regular social and official gathering of the club. The bar will be open throughout the evening

Auckland Offroad Racing Club Members congratulate James Buchanan on his 2012 Woodhill 100 win.

Auckland Offroad Racing Club Members congratulate James Buchanan on his 2012 Woodhill 100 win.

First Club Meeting of 2013


1st Club Meeting for 2013 to be held 7.30pm on Tuesday 5th February (as Wednesday 6th February is Waitangi Day).

Membership Fees for 2013 are now due

AORC memeber and Winner of the 2012 Woodhill 100 - james Buchanan

AORC member and Winner of the 2012 Woodhill 100 – James Buchanan