Stockcar racing in Auckland (commonly
known by most racers as the "Big Smoke") started in the 1950's at Western
Springs. After a while the Stockcar racers moved to Epsom, racing there for a
while successfully. Stockcar racing then moved to Gloucester Park, and then in
the mid to late 1960's, moved to it's present location at Waikaraka Park, where
they have raced ever since.
The United States and Allied Forces used Waikaraka Park originally
during World War II, and they erected a two-tier concrete grandstand, which is
very sturdy and is still used to this day.
The track is a 460m long dirt
oval, with a modern concrete wall & catch fence around the outsides of the
race surface for protection. Wire ropes and strong netting are used as a
reinforced catch fence.
Over the years there have been many titanic
battles during racing, some fans and racers alike would remember names such as
Sam Ferabend 16A, Graham Mitchell 10A (who went on to win a NZ Championship),
Ray "Wrecker" Wright, Laurie Hines 28A, Kevin Free 61A (who went on to win 3 NZ
Championships), and Frank Irvine, not forgetting the infamous Pall Mall Stockcar
Some of you may recall Frank Irvine winning the 1980 NZ Champs at
Waikaraka Park, and Kevin Free winning the NZ Champs at Waikaraka Park, in 1993
(the third time he won it).
Waikaraka Park is very accessible, being
situated in Neilson Street, Onehunga, on the edges of Manukau Harbour within
easy reach of all facilities.
Classes presently raced at Waikaraka Park
are A-Grade Stockcars (or SuperStocks), Standard Stockcars, Super Saloons,
Limited Saloons, Modifieds, Youth Ministocks, Sidecars and
Major titles are raced at Waikaraka Park each season, along
with local (regional) titles as well. Visiting cars and drivers compete at
Waikaraka Park regularly, with great success.
Waikaraka Park caters for
all with entertaining racing, food & drink stalls, the Fan Van for
souvenirs, and an informative programme each meeting.
If you would like a good family night out on Saturdays
during the summer, then give us a go - come to Waikaraka Park!
Click the below filmstrip to check out some more images of the
Waikaraka Park track.
Introduction written by Linz (Lindsey Dolbel),