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MotorSport New Zealand holds an annual awards evening alongside its Conference and AGM. The Awards Evening acknowledges the champions of season past and recognises the extraordinary achievements and contributions of people with the Premier and Honours Awards categories.


Jim Clark Trophy

The Jim Clark trophy, in memory of Jim Clark, Tasman Champion 1965, 1967, 1968 who was killed at Hockenheim, Germany in April 1968 is awarded annually to the New Zealand driver competing at a National or higher level who shows a sportsmanlike attitude to the sport and fellow competitors and natural ability in “putting up the most meritorious racing performance during the season”.

The pedestal is made of granite mined from the Clark family quarry in Scotland, and is surmounted by a bronze statue figurine representative of Jim Clark.


Award DateRecipient
2024Brendon Hartley
2023Brendon Hartley
2022Shane Van Gisbergen
2021Scott Dixon
2019Scott Dixon
2018Brendon Hartley
2017Shane van Gisbergen
2016Brendon Hartley
2015Brendon Hartley
2014Mitch Evans
2013Mitch Evans
2012Richie Stanaway
2011Mitch Evans
2010Craig Baird, MNZM
2009Craig Baird
2008Jonny Reid
2007John McIntyre
2006Matthew Haliday
2005Andy Booth
2004Scott Dixon
2003Mark Pedersen
2002Fabian Coulthard
2001Scott Dixon
2000Simon Wills
1999Scott Dixon
1998Brett Riley
1997Greg Murphy
1996Andy McElrea
1995Paul Radisich
1994Greg Murphy
1993Greg Murphy
1992Craig Baird
1991Andy McElrea
1990Ken Smith, MBE
1989Wayne Huxford
1988Ken Smith, MBE
1986Trevor Crowe
1984Steve Richards
1983Kevin Ingram
1982David Oxton
1981Jeff Pascoe
1980Mike King
1979Rob Lester
1978Ross Stone
1977Bill Leckie
1976Ken Smith
1975Brett Riley
1974Rex Hart
1973Reg Cook
1972David Oxton
1971Jim Richards
1970Graham McRae
Rally Founders Trophy

The Rally Founders Trophy recognises the rally driver who performs with distinction during the rally season either nationally, internationally, or both, has a sportsmanlike attitude towards the sport and others, and displays the qualities of a true sporting ambassador.




Award DateRecipient
2024Hayden Paddon
2023 Hayden Paddon & John Kennard
2022Hayden Paddon
2021Ben Hunt
2019Ben Hunt
2018Andrew Hawkeswood
2017Hayden Paddon
2016Ben Hunt
2015Richard Mason
2014Hayden Paddon
2013Brian Green
2012Hayden Paddon
2011Hayden Paddon
2010Hayden Paddon
2009Hayden Paddon
2008Hayden Paddon
2007Richard Mason
2006Emma Gilmour
2005Chris West
2004Chris West
2003Richard Mason
2002Deborah Kibble
2001Possum Bourne
2000Stumpy Holmes
1999Geof Argyle
1998Possum Bourne
1997Joe McAndrew
1996Possum Bourne
1995Joe McAndrew
1994Possum Bourne
1993Will Orr
1992Brian Stokes
1991Possum Bourne
1990Neil Allport
Steel Memorial Trophy

The Steel Trophy which will be presented annually acknowledges the efforts of a driver who competes at least at national level and who displays dedication, skill, and professionalism in his driving to progress to the upper echelons of the sport. Candidates for this award would normally be persons in the earlier years of their racing careers.

The trophy was inaugurated in 1983 and acknowledges the efforts of a junior (under 21) driver who competes at least at National level and who displays dedication, skill, and a level of professionalism in their driving aiming to progress to the upper echelons of the sport. Recipients shall show a sports\manlike attitude to all competitors and officials. The pedestal is of veined green Italian marble surmounted by a helmet and gloves in bronze as symbolic of motor sport. The helmet is of the style of the early ‘60’s, the era in which Owen Steel first assumed responsibility of his Company’s motorsport involvement.

The bronze is the creation and work of the Wanganui sculpturess, Joan Morrell. This trophy was presented to the sport by Wyn and Owen Steel in 1982 at the time of Owen’s retirement from Shell Oil New Zealand Limited where he occupied the position of Motor Sport Manager for a period of approximately 20 years. It was presented for the first time at the MANZ AGCM in June 1983.



Award DateRecipient
2024Liam Sceats
2023Callum Hedge
2022Matthew Payne
2021Marcus Armstrong
2019Liam Lawson
2018Liam Lawson
2017Liam Lawson
2016Brendon Leitch
2015James Munro
2014James Munro
2013Nick Cassidy
2012Nick Cassidy
2011Mitchell Evans
2010Mitchell Evans
2009Richie Stanaway
2008Earl Bamber
2007Jonathan Lester
2006Shane Van Gisbergen
2005Shane Van Gisbergen
2004Brendon Hartley
2003Jonathan Reid
2002Christina Orr
2001James Cressey
2000Chris Pither
1999LeRoy Stevenson
1998Jason Liefting
1997Scott Dixon
1996Scott Dixon
1995Jason Richards
1994Simon Wills
1993Nigel Wilkinson
1992Ashley Stichbury
1991Chris Maxwell
1990Andrew Neale
1989Mark Pedersen
1988Paul Larsen
1987Craig Baird
1986Debbie Lester
1985Warwick MacLachlan
1984Craig Coleman
1983Richard Lester
Lupp Trophy

Originally from Otago Sports Car Club then donated to MSNZ by the MG Car Club (Wellington Centre) Inc. The Sybil Lupp Trophy is among cups given out by the club. Her exploits during the 1950s, when she showed she could compete with the top men of the period, were the stuff of national headline. Sybil’s achievements as a young woman racer, and as an auto mechanic, when there was a lot of social pressure on woman in the post war period to conform to homemaking stereotypes, immediately set her aside as an individual.

The criteria agreed was to recognise the competitor who had demonstrated exceptional levels of sportsmanship, of vehicle presentation and who embodies the very spirit and values associated with Historic and Classic Motorsport in New Zealand, while competing during the 2010/2011 season in a vehicle which is at least 25 years old.

Inaugurated in 1997 to recognise the competitor who has demonstrated exceptional levels of sportsmanship, of vehicle presentation, and who embodies the very spirit and values associated with Historic and Classic Racing in New Zealand.

The trophy is from a collection of the late Sybil Lupp, kindly made available by the MG Car Club (Wellington Centre). Sybil Lupp commenced motorsport activities in 1947 and by 1952 held 144 trophies to her credit including a 5th in the inaugural Lady Wigram Trophy Race of 1949.

Award DateRecipient
2024Angus Fogg
2023Gary Wilkinson
2022Paul Coghill
2021Peter Sturgeon
2019John McKechnie
2018Mike Small
2017John Holmes
2016Brent Rawstron
2015Terry Collier
2014Dale Mathers and Gary Johnstone (jointly)
2013Jim Barclay
2012Brian Dixon
2011Noel Atley
2010David Brown
2009Ken Smith, MBE
2008Davis Abbott
2007Noel Atley
2006Roger Townshend
2005Jenny Steere
2004Geoff Manning
2003Ross Armstrong
2002Keith Cowan
2001Alan Curry
2000Geoffrey Brader
1999David Ingram
1998Peter Grant
1997Ralph Watson


President d'Honneur

By Constitutional powers this title may only be awarded to a past President of MotorSport NZ whom in the opinion of the sport has given extraordinary levels of service and commitment to motorsport above and beyond what is expected.

Award DateRecipient
2024 -Wayne Christie
2016 -Shayne Harris
2010 - 2020Steven Kennedy
1998 -Morrie Chandler ONZM
1977 - 1997Ron Frost MBE
Member d'Honneur

In 1998 the Constitution was amended to allow for this new title in recognition of those persons who the sport considered had given or continue to give distinguished service to motorsport above and beyond that expected. This title has been awarded to persons who – having previously received an Award of Merit, have continued to give outstanding service to the sport over several years. The Honour was also granted to those who were involved at a senior level at the Queenstown Road Race tragedy. As such, it can be regarded as the highest award that can be offered by MSNZ and those receiving it will have made ongoing and outstanding contributions over several decades. Alternatively, it could be awarded for a single, unusual act of service that is otherwise unprecedented and which demands recognition at the highest level.

Award DateRecipient
2021Peter 'PJ' Johnson
2016Wade Paterson
2014Eric Mallard
2011Sir Pat Higgins
2010Graeme 'Robbo' Robertson
2009Wayne Scott
2008Paul Te Punga
2002Keith Douglas
2002William 'Bill' Forsyth
2002Russell Jenkins
2002Steven Kennedy
2002John 'J.T' Osborne
1998Rob Lester
Steward d'Honneur

In 1988 the Executive Committee established this title to recognise exemplary and outstanding service to the Motorsport NZ Stewarding Department at both National and Local Level. Recipients will normally be recommended by the Chief Steward and will have served the Stewarding department with distinction at a high level over an extended period.

Award DateRecipient
2021Steven Kennedy
2016Barry Higham
2013Dale Crossley
2013Wayne Scott
2011Kelvin Booth
2010Grahame Knight
2009John Pierson
2008Bevin Wilson
2007Alan Curry
2004Wade Paterson
2003Ray Spence
1996Stuart Maclean
1993Allan Gough
1993Bill Forsyth
1992Jim Scott
1992Bill Kelly
1991John Thomson
1991Lawrie Powell
1991Leo Irvin
1990Ross Tillson
1988Jack Young
Clerk of the Course d'Honneur

Established in 2019 in recognition of outstanding service to the MotorSport NZ Clerk of Course Department.

Award DateRecipient
2023Brian Davies
2022Graham Mortensen
2021Willard Martin
2021Roger Laird
2019Graeme 'Robbo' Robertson
Technical d'Honneur

Established in 1992 in recognition of outstanding service to the technical department. Recipients will have had a long and distinguished involvement with the technical department over an extended period. They are likely to have been a senior technical official at a multitude of National and International events. They may have had significant and extended input into the formulation of technical schedules and rules.

Award DateRecipient
2021Neil Madden
2017Graham HIll
2015Barry Carrington
2015Ron McMIllan
2014John Wigston
2013Rex Clark
2007Dave McCahon
2003Mark Sheehan
2003Lloyd Robinson
1998Tony Marsh
1998Garry Pedersen
1997Ian Snellgrove
1997Glenn Johnston
1992Craig Hawthorne
Award of Merit

In 1965 the Motorsport Association of New Zealand inaugurated the Award of Merit to be awarded to persons who have given outstanding service to the sport in New Zealand. This award is one of the most prestigious honours that MSNZ can offer; typically it will only be awarded to a person who has served the sport at a very high level over a sustained period of many years. It is quite likely that the person will have already received another honour such as a Distinguished Service Award. For example – a combination (not just one) of two or more of the following: Multiple terms as an Executive member – this may include stints as VP or President. Chief Steward, Track Inspector, or Clerk of the Course. Significant international experience as an official. Significant track record as an administrator (beyond club level) or high level official at major events.

Award DateRecipient
2023Deb Day
2021Chris Grant
2019Janet Phipps
2018Norman Oakley
2017Stuart MacLean
2017Carl Rabbidge
2016David Kirk
2015Roger Laird
2015Steph Harris
2012Ian Snellgrove
2012Jim Scott
2011Raymond 'Crunch' Bennett
2011Barry Higham
2010Willard Martin
2009Campbell Robertson
2008Tony Herbert
2007Graeme 'Robbo' Robertson)
2006Martin Fine
2003Paul Te Punga
2002Wayne Scott
2001Murray Starnes
2000Pat Higgins
1999Steven Kennedy
1999Jane Black
1998John 'J.T' Osborne
1997Ross Montgomery
1993W. (Wendy) Lester
1988Len Bell
1987Rob Lester
1984Morrie Chandler, ONZM
1984Trevor) Birch
1983Keith Douglas
1981Eric Mallard, MNZM
1975John Trevor
1975Jack Brewer
1975Ron Frost, MBE
1968Ivan Daikee
1967Ford Farland
1966Ivan Parton, (posthumously)
Ron Frost Award

In 2000 MotorSport New Zealand introduced this award to recognise the actions of an individual who either through vision or commitment or a special set of circumstances, have brought credit to the sport and themselves.  Ron Frost MBE was a person of great passion and vision for the sport and through this vision and commitment the Tasman Series became an international success.  He also applied the same creativity to ensure that permanent race venues became a reality in the North Island.  His efforts were recognised by the sport with admittance to the MotorSport Wall of Fame and an Award of Merit and by the NZ Government and Royal assent an MBE for services to motorsport.  Any holder of this prestigious award will be in great company.

Award DateRecipient
2023James Watson
2022Norman Oakley
2022Roger Oakley
2021Brendon White
2021Andrew Hawkeswood
2019Willard Martin
2017Tony Quinn
2016Rodney Millen
2015Jim Barclay
2012Barrie and Louise Thomlinson
2011Chris Watson and Tony Roberts
1998Garry Pedersen
2007Grant Aitken
2006Kerry Cooper
2000Ian Gamble
Citation Award

This award was inaugurated in 1979 to honour those persons, who not being a member of the Motorsport movement had, in the opinion of the Executive Committee, given exemplary service to the sport outside their employment and association with it. This honour is awarded to an individual person, not a company or organisation. Typically, however, a recipient might be an employee of a company who has, over several years, been a strong supporter of motorsport.

Award DateRecipient
2022Tony Herbert
2022Ross MacKay
2021Chris Parker
2021Brian Littlewood
2019Bob McMurray
2019Dale Perry
2018Geoff Ridder (Media Photographer)
2017Euan Cameron (Media Photographer)
2016Donn Anderson (Media Journalist)
2016Terry Marshall (Media Photographer)
2015John Fowke (Toyota NZ)
2013Robin Curtis
2010Grant McDonald (SpeedSport Magazine)
2004Alastair Corbett (Dunlop NZ)
2003Brian Kelly
1998C. Lacey (Car Haulaways Ltd)
1995G. Jackson (Ford Motor Company)
1994R. Morten (Toyota NZ)
1992M. Bloomfielld (Dunlop Auckland)
1980C. Vandendungen (Dunlop NZ)
1979N.O. Steel (Shell Oil Co.)
Distinguished Service Award

An award established in 1989 to recognise service and personal contribution of time and effort to motorsport. Recipients will have served for several years at a regional or national level as well as having had significant longstanding service to their club or circuit. Examples include; Multiple terms as a commission member. Multiple years as a series coordinator or Clerk of the Course at National or International level. Significant contribution as a volunteer at a National/ International level. Other long standing commitment to the sport at a high level – beyond the confines of their own club.

Award DateRecipient
2024Amanda Tollemache
2024Paul Fallon
2024Sean Elder
2024Chris Protheroe
2023Adam Simmons
2023Bruce Dyer
2023Chris Watson
2023Dave Robb
2022Andrea Bourhill
2022Malcolm Budd
2022Garth Tyrrell
2022Tony Rutherford
2022Teresa Good
2022Steve Collier
2021Tracey Stringer
2021Barry Leitch
2021Wayne Shieffelbein
2021Alistair Steele
2021Doug Good
2021Craig Holmes
2019Blair Bartels
2019Simon Bell
2019Dave Lee
2019Blair Read
2019Ray Reece
2018Chris Adams
2018Naomi Bray
2018Anne Boyce
2018Helen Cameron
2018Karen Dovey
2018Dom Kalasih
2018Gus McMillan
2018John Rapley
2018Mark Sheehan
2017Wayne Barnard
2017Don Brunt
2017Graham Buchanan
2016Noel Beale
2016Donna Elder
2016Bill Lightfoot
2016Janet Phipps
2016Jody Seabright
2015John Armstrong
2015Terry Collier
2015Jill Cowham
2015Karen Paddon
2015Nigel Russell
2014Craig Finlayson
2014Kim Fisher
2014Bevan Gerrard
2014Dennis Green
2014Errol Hewlett
2014Grant Hirst
2014David Loughin
2014Dennis Martin
2014Bryce Platt
2013Ian Bowater
2013Bob Friend
2013Steve Lachman
2013Jeff Scott
2013Paul Walbran
2012Dougal Agnew
2012Steve Foster
2012John Holland
2012Stuart Holmes
2011Rod Bracegirdle
2011Tim Gibbes
2011Richard McMillan
2011Graham Mortensen
2011Wade Paterson
2011Bill Richardson
2011Bruce Sollitt
2011Maurice Thomson
2010Laurie Brenssell
2010Chris Carr
2010Graeme Cornelius
2010Dale Crossley
2010David Kirk
2010Chris Parker
2009Sharyn Cameron
2009Anna Scott
2009Mike Webster
2008John Clunie
2008David Glenn
2008John Wigston
2007Mike Cameron
2007Shayne Harris
2007David Slater
2007Ian Snellgrove
2006Roger Laird
2006Stu Macaskill
2006Trevor Weir
2005Kelvin Booth
2005Barry Voss
2004Barry Higham
2002Ross Cameron
2002Brian Davies
2002Wayne Gair
2002Ray Galt
2001Jan Aydon
2001Chudleigh Haggett
2001Stephanie Harris
2001Norm Oakley
2000Rex Bond
2000Alan Curry
2000Chris Grant
2000Bill Kelly
2000Grant Morrison
1999Bill Brown
1999Wendy Jenks
1997Isobel Boreham
1997Ron Brown
1997Jack Drummond
1997Carl Rabbidge
1996Greg Lancaster
1996Willard Martin
1996John Osborne
1995Graeme (Robbo) Robertson
1995Cam Taylor
1995Alan Woolf
1994Grahame Knight
1993Colin Bunce
1993Keith Speedy
1993Margaret Thompson
1991Ian Keenan
1991Paul King
1991John Pierson
1990Jack Brewer
1990David Hicks
1990Jim Riley
1989Peter Hanna
1989Gerald McKissock
Certificate of Outstanding Achievement

Awarded by the Executive of MotorSport NZ in recognition of “outstanding achievement” as and when circumstances demand. Nominations for the award are usually generated by member clubs and referred on to the Executive for final consideration. Recipients of this award typically will have won multiple titles at a high level over a number of years and will have dominated their branch of the sport.

Award DateRecipient
2016Shepherd family
2015Richard and Sara Mason
2014Mad Mike Whiddett
2010Craig Baird, MNZM
2001Kevin Hocken
MotorSport New Zealand Membership of Honour

An award to recognise longstanding and exemplary contribution to the sport from the corporate sector of the community. Awarded to a company or organisation – rather than an individual -for significant support to Motorsport in NZ over an extended period

Award DateRecipient
2024SKOPE Industries
2023Dayle ITM
2014Hella NZ
2013Subaru NZ Ltd
2013BNT Automotive Ltd
2000Bridgestone Firestone Ltd
1995Rothmans of Pall Mall
1995Toyota NZ Ltd
1994Ford Motor Company NZ Ltd
1994South Pacific Tyres NZ Ltd
1994Shell NZ Ltd
1994W.D. & H.O. Wills NZ Ltd
MotorSport New Zealand Special Award

MotorSport NZ with this Special Award recognises a pivotal role in the contribution to the sport. Awarded to either an individual or an organisation to acknowledge an outstanding contribution to Motorsport which is of a nature that doesn’t fit neatly into any of the preceding awards. It could be for an extended contribution or a for a single act.

Award DateRecipient
2018Grant McDonald
2018Dennis Martin
2017Reg Cook
2017Andrew Hawkeswood
2017Project 64
2016Patricia Snellgrove
2014PJ Johnston
2013Brian Green
2012Toyota NZ Ltd
2011Academy of Sport: South Island
2011Otago University School of Physical Education
2010Alastair Corbett
2010Ken Smith, MBE
2010Dr Bruce Stewart
2007Colin Giltrap
Volunteer of the Year

Introduced in 2012 to acknowledge the importance of our volunteers and the contribution these people make behind the scenes.

Award DateRecipient
2024Kim Adams
2023Steven Hansen
2022Lenard McLeod
2021Jim Anderson
2020Jo Maulder
2019Wayne Hughes
2018Hokimoana Tawa
2017Shane Arundel
2016Ben Aro
2015Allan and Sue Baird
2014Allan Coker
2013Lara Herbert
2012Deborah Day
Historic Heritage Awards

Established in 2014 in recognition of services to Historic and Classic racing and rallying.

Award DateRecipient
2024Garry Cliff
2024Brian Stokes
2024Russell Harris
2024Greg Lancaster
2023Ron Robertson
2023Terry Rush
2022Mo Larsen
2022Jack Nazer
2022Tony Teesdale
2021Paul Adams
2021Kevin Lancaster
2021Jim Donald
2021Allan Dick
2021Alistair Caldwell
2021Michael Clark
2019Jeff Judd
2019Barry Keen
2019Murray O'Donnell
2019Dave Simpson
2019Tony Sircombe (UK)
2019Peter Sundberg
2018Jamie Aislabie
2018Laurie Brenssell
2018Trevor Crowe
2018Kerry Grant
2018Avon Hyde
2018Mike John
2018Joe McAndrew
2018Carl Rabbidge
2018Euan Sarginson
2017Neil Allport
2017Doug Benefield
2017Robin Curtis
2017Mike Fletcher
2017Brian Green
2017Bob Haldane
2017Roger Laird
2017Leo Leonard
2017Mike Marshall
2017Willard Martin
2017Dave McCahon
2017Wayne Murdoch
2017Norman Oakley
2017Hugh & Lloyd Owen
2017Brent Rawstron
2017Blair Robson
2017Jim Scott
2017Gary Smith
2017Malcolm Stewart
2017Murray Thompson
2017Ian Tulloch
2016Phil Kerr
2016Max Rutherford
2016Allan McCall
2016Bill Stone
2016Dennis Marwood
2015John Nicholson
2015Cary Taylor
2015Rob Wilson
2014Eion S. Young
2014Dick Bennetts
2014Paul Fahey
2014Wally Wilmott
2014Ernie Sprague


Photographer of the Year
Award DateRecipientHometown
2023Tayler BurkeMarton
2022Tayler BurkeMarton
2021Tayler BurkeMarton
2020Tayler BurkeMarton
2019Terry MarshallChristchurch
2018Becky LadbrookDunedin
2017Greg HendersonTauranga
2016Geoff RidderHamilton
2015Bruce JenkinsNapier
2014Geoff RidderHamilton
2013Euan CameronChristchurch
2012Geoff RidderHamilton
2011Lee HowellChristchurch
2010Geoff RidderHamilton
2009Jody SeabrightWellington
2008Lee HowellChristchurch
2007Euan CameronChristchurch
2006Ron BurginTaupo
2005Euan CameronChristchurch
2004Graham BlowWellington
2003Graham BlowWellington
2002Euan CameronChristchurch
2001Euan CameronChristchurch
President's Award for Single Best Shot
Award DateRecipientHometown
2023Clint ThambiChristchurch
2022Mark WaltonMarton
2021Bruce JenkinsNapier
2020Kieran Blair
2019Tayler BurkeMarton
2018Neville BaileyAuckland
2017Bruce JenkinsNapier
2016Steve RitchieNew Plymouth
2015Terry MarshallChristchurch
2014Geoff RidderHamilton
2013Euan CameronChristchurch
2012Geoff RidderHamilton
2011Andrew BrightAuckland
2010Phillip AdamsonAuckland
2009Ian ThorntonStratford
2008Graham BlowWellington
2007Euan CameronChristchurch