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Auckland Offroad Racing Club – Life Members

BugIn 83 brought offroad racers from all over NZ together on the same track at the same time and led to the formation of ORANZ

BugIn 83 brought offroad racers from all over NZ together on the same track at the same time and led to the formation of ORANZ

The folllowing are the Auckland Offroad Racing Club “Life Members”. Life Membership has been granted to these people for there outstanding contribution to the sport of Offroad Racing for many years.

Malcom Browning, 
Western Districts Offroad Racing Club President and Offroad Racing Stalwart, services to Auckland Offroad Racing Clubs Committee

Kevin & Shirley Cooper,
Offroad Racing’s most dedicated family, services to Auckland Offroad Racing Clubs Committee, Offroad Association of New Zealand Committee

Peter Phillpotts,
Ofrroad Racing Stalwart, services to Auckland Offroad Racing Clubs Committee

Stewart Reid,
Offroad Racing Stalwart

Alan Tutt (2012 Patron),
Offroad Racing Stalwart, services to Auckland Offroad Racing Clubs Committee

Ian Foster,
Racing Promoter, former ORANZ President, former National Champion, services to Auckland Offroad Racing Clubs Committee, Offroad Association of New Zealand Committee

Tony Saelman,
Racing Promoter, services to Auckland Offroad Racing Clubs Committee, services to Offroad Association of New Zealand Committee

 

2012 Auckland Offroad Racing Club’s Presidents Trophy Winner – Tony Saelman

Tony Saelman in action heading up the Marshalling requirement at the ORANZ North Island Round 1, Mangawhai at Easter in 2012

Tony Saelman in action heading up the Marshalling requirement at the ORANZ North Island Round 1, Mangawhai at Easter in 2012

At one time a competitor in the highly competitive Class C category. Tony Saelman has stayed in the sport to provide Race Track organisation and Event Promotion. Tony is the Promoter of record for the prestigious Taupo 1000 international enduro and has been for many years. Tony heads up a dedicated band of trained Offroad Racing Marshalls that have become the West Event Support Group. An organisation that willingly provides professional track marhalling and rule compliance at racing events throughout New Zealand. Tony’s ongoing support for the sport of Offroad Racing has raised the professionalism of many events and has been recognised by the Auckland Offroad Racing Club with the award of the 2012 Presidents Trophy.

2012 Hammer Down Trophy Winner #C27 Ben Howard

#C27 Ben Howard in flight during the 2012 ORANZ Championship Final in Hawkes Bay

#C27 Ben Howard in flight during the 2012 ORANZ Championship Final in Hawkes Bay

#C27 Ben Howard claimed the Hammer Down Trophy by out scoring all rivals over four endurance races that make up the Hammer Down Series: 2012 ORANZ North Island Round 1 at Mangawhai,  The Woodhill 100, The Peter Howell Memorial and the 2012 ORANZ National Series Final in the Hawkes Bay.

2012 Club Champion – #730 Taine Carrington

#730 Taine Carrington competing at the ORANZ National Championship FINAL in Hawkes Bay.

#730 Taine Carrington competing at the ORANZ National Championship FINAL in Hawkes Bay.

Taine Carington is one of the youngest race drivers ever to win the Auckland Offroad Racing Club’s Club Champion Trophy. His win came at the completion of a stellar year for the youngster, scoring more class wins in more races than his more seasoned opponents.

Offroad Racing Classes

Offroad Racing encompasses a broad range of racing classes. From Standard 4×4 vehicles that can race on Sunday and be seen driving around town on Monday, to fire breathing, unlimited modification, purpose built race cars. Our racing classes are set by the Offroad Association of New Zealand and adhere strictly to there rulebook regarding safety and compliance.

Scrutineering of Offroad Racer prior to the 2012 Woodhill 100

Scrutineering of Offroad Racer prior to the 2012 Woodhill 100

The most popular Racing Classes are:

Class 1
Space frame Offroad Race Car with unlimited modifications to suspension, drive train and powerplant

Class 2
Production 4×4 vehicles, with some modifications to suit racing

Class 3
Space frame Offroad Race Car, 1640cc maximum displacement engines of any manufacturer, unlimited suspension and drivetrain modifications

Class 4
Modified Production 4×4 vehicles. Limited engine modifications and unlimited suspension modifications

Class 5
Space frame Offroad Race Car, 1321cc maximum displacement engines of any manufacturer, unlimited suspension and drive train modifications

Class 6
Modified Production 4×4 vehicles. Engine and unlimited suspension modifications allow, but the vehicle must be road registered and hold a current Warrant of Fitness

Class 7
Space Frame Offroad Race Car. Standard air-cooled VW 1200cc engine, Standard VW Swing-Axle Gearbox, Standard VW 1960′s Kombi Front Suspension

Class 8
Unlimited modification 4×4 or 2wd Truck class. Any engine configuration, any Drivetrain, any suspension modifications

Class 9
Baja Bug Class, Full car body of any manufacturer on the standard manufacturers floor pan (chassis or sub-frame). unlimited engine, drivetrain and suspension modifications

Class 10
Space frame Offroad Race Car, Motorcycle engine, no engine size limits, unlimited modifications to suspension, drive train and powerplant

Class C
Space Frame Offroad Race Car. Standard air-cooled VW 1600cc engine, Standard VW Swing-Axle Gearbox, Standard VW 1960′s Kombi Front Suspension

Class R
Standard UTV race cars. limited safety modifcations, as sold by any manufacturer

Club History

The Auckland Offroad Racing Club was formed in 2004 from two existing Offroad Racing clubs -  Auckland Buggy Club and Western Districts Offroad Racing Club. Our main goal is to promote the sport of offroad racing under the umbrella of our parent body ORANZ (Offroad Racing Association of New Zealand). We race on natural formed terrain, gravel roads and man made dirt circuits.

Ex-Patriot kiwi Ryan Millen on his way to winning Class 2 in the 2007 Taupo 1000

Ex-Patriot kiwi Ryan Millen on his way to winning Class 2 in the 2007 Taupo 1000

Auckland Offroad Racing Club is a club of Champions. Our membership boasts the largest number of National Championship title holders and winners of significant races than any other Offroad Racing club in New Zealand. As well as being a home of champions, our club is also the host club for New Zealands most iconic Offroad Races. Every year the Auckland Offroad Racing Club hosts the Woodhill 100, a 170km race through the Woohill Forest which has been raced annually for over 30 years. Every second year the Auckland Offroad Racing Club is the host club for the running of the Taupo 1000. the Taupo 1000 is a two day, 1000km international race through the Kaiangaroa Forest near Taupo. A large field of competitors from New Zealand and overseas compete in this event to win one of the longest races in the Southern Hemisphere.

2013 Auckland Offroad Racing Club Committee

AORC OFFICIAL LogoPresident:

Ernie Hogg

Vice President:

Gregg Carrington Hogg

Treasurer & Secretary:

Marion Saelman

Forest Liaison:

Ernie Hogg

Committee Members:

Mike Fraser,

Donn Attwood,

Tony Saelman,

Andrew Philips,

Tim Ackers,

Brendan Holland,

Colin Sandford,

Shane Wilson,

Steve McConnell

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Welcome to Offroad Racing

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

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

Offroad racing requires competitors to build vehicles which can take a pounding over various race distances of open terrain. Race tracks vary from the shortcourse stadium track to forestry enduro tracks, to farm land, to sand tracks.
The New Zealand competition has created a preference for competitors to focus on the endurance races instead of shortcourse races. There are significant differences between and Enduro car and a Shortcourse car. The Enduro car needs to be “bullet-proof”. Every component needs to survive the battering of “race pace” for more than 2 hours non-stop racing .
Enduro cars have massive suspension, over 20 inches of wheel travel is common. Gearboxes have to be incredibly robust. Imported custom boxes from the USA are common on these race cars , and increasing number of cars are using Porsche Gear boxes.
The Shortcourse car has to survive only 10 minutes of “race pace” at a time. The car needs a good “power to weight ratio” and will sacrifice any unrequired component to get lighter. Cars are built with less steel, less suspension and use smaller fuel tanks. The gearbox still has to be good, but does not need to be indestructible. Speed wins here instead of reliability.

#110 Alan Butler

Alan Butler Sprints for Pole Position during the 2012 Woodhill 100

Alan Butler Sprints for Pole Position during the 2012 Woodhill 100

Alan Butler won the Woodhill 100 in 2008, racing in Class 3. His current race car is the Class 1 Chenoweth Millenium.