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About MotorSport New Zealand

MotorSport New Zealand is a not-for-profit National Sporting Organisation appointed by the FIA as the sole authority to regulate motorsport in New Zealand.

MotorSport New Zealand Inc was initially inaugurated in October 1947 as the Association of New Zealand Car Clubs. Incorporation was achieved in November 1950 and in 1967 with a membership of 58 clubs the name was changed to Motorsport Association of New Zealand Inc.

In 1996, the name was changed to its present title. Membership of the organisation has continued to expand since with now over 90 member clubs holding membership.


In 2021, MotorSport New Zealand published their latest Strategic Plan to guide the organisation through to 2023. This plan was developed by management and the board with input from member clubs.


The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) is the governing body for world motor sport and the federation of the world’s leading motoring organisations. Founded in 1904, with headquarters in Paris, the FIA is a non-profit making association. It brings together 245 national motoring and sporting organisations from 143 countries on five continents. Its member clubs represent millions of motorists and their families.

MotorSport New Zealand has been a member of the FIA since 1956. Initially, membership was through the RAC who were the controlling body for motorsport in the British Commonwealth, and direct membership followed on the dismantling of the British Commonwealth in the early 1970s.

MotorSport New Zealand is the sole authority appointed by the FIA to regulate motorsport in New Zealand.

MotorSport New Zealand delegates authority for karting, drag racing and vintage car events to recognised bodies by a process of annually reviewed agreements. These delegations of authority are subject to approval by the FIA, and the activities are conducted under conditions, which must be approved by MotorSport New Zealand and notified to the FIA.


For over 75 years, under its various identities, this organisation has been key to a vibrant sport serving the motorsport community and industry. The sustainability of motorsport in New Zealand remains one of the biggest challenge facing the organisation in the next decade.

Motorsport has the opportunity to be totally inclusive and we must do more to represent the interests of all motor sport enthusiasts in New Zealand and not just some of them.

We recognise that sport has a significant role to play in global climate change. Globally, we must use the platform of motorsport to accelerate the development of engineering solutions and demonstrate them to our global audience.  We must inspire future generations of competitors, volunteers and engineers to engage with our sport to ensure its continued sustainability.

To achieve this MotorSport New Zealand has developed an environmental policy and is focusing on improving sustainability across all area of the organisation from the operation of the office to the way events are run. We take our responsibilities seriously and have been able to achieve the Two-Star Level in the FIA Environmental Accreditation Framework.


NamePeriod Served
Wayne J. Christie2016 – Current
Shayne F. Harris2010 – 2016
Steven Kennedy1998 – 2010
Morrie D. Chandler ONZM1977 – 1998
Ron W.A Frost MBE1958 – 1977
Percy L. Lupp1955 – 1958
Godfrey P. Paape1953 – 1955
Hugo Hollis1952 – 1953
Percy L. Lupp1950 – 1952
Pat M. Hoare1947 – 1950