February 2017 - Hampton Downs Track Torque.
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This Saturday Hampton Downs plays host to the biggest drift event of 2017: The Mazda Mad Mike Summer Bash.  Hampton Downs, Mazda and drift superstar ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett are behind the one-day spectacle. Mike will be pitting RADBUL, a 1200hp, 4 rotor, twin-turbo Mazda MX5 drift car, against a field of NZ’s best drifters - the first time the car has been seen on a track in New Zealand.
Radbul will also be on track.
Classes for the Bash include the Nitto Tire Triple Threat Team Drift, The "Insane Entry" Drift Challenge, Open Drift, International Cruise, Time Attack “Unlimited Outlaws” and off-track entertainment including the Meguiar’s Hard Park Show ‘n Shine. 
Mad Mike has spent much of 2016 traveling the globe showcasing his skills so he’s looking forward to bringing it all back home in 2017, starting with this brand-new Hampton Downs promoted drift event. Those entered include former New Zealand champions ‘Fanga’ Dan Woolhouse, Gaz Whiter and Darren Kelly as well as the current champ Curt Whittaker. Other well-known entries include Daynom Templeman, Nico Reid, Bruce Tannock, Cole Armstrong, Drew Donovan, Jodie Verhulst, Sky Zhao, Andrew Redward, Adam Hedges, Troy Jenkins and Brad Smith.
 Click here for more or for entry info and tickets

King Kenny reigns at Hampton Downs

Four wins out of five races in three different cars — not a bad afternoon’s work for Ken Smith, the guest of honour at this year’s NZ Festival of Motor Racing at Hampton Downs.
Celebrating the career of Smith the 75-year-old took the opportunity to remind motorsport fans of his talent behind the wheel. Smith started in pole for the feature race of the afternoon, the Formula 5000, but Alan Dunkley, who’s almost 50 years younger than Smith, made a bold overtaking manoeuvre stick on the opening lap. Smith regained the lead on the very next lap and was never headed as he claimed yet another win to add to his incredible record.

Click to read more or watch the video review

Bathurst tribute planned for next year’s NZFMR


Next year’s NZ Festival of Motor Racing at Hampton Downs will celebrate all things Bathurst. Hampton Downs owner Tony Quinn is excited about bringing the cars and stars from the iconic Australian racetrack to New Zealand.
"This year;'s event was a wonderful tribute to Kenny Smith but we’re already looking forward to next year. Bathurst holds a special place in the hearts of everyone involved in motorsport in New Zealand and Australia. Everyone has their favourite Bathurst moment and some of the best drivers in this part of the world made a name for themselves around Mount Panorama including legends of the sport like Peter Brock, Dick Johnson and Jim Richards.” Click to read more...

HD Moto & HD Auto Update

Interest in Hampton Downs' casual track days for car and bike enthusiasts has has sky rocketed through summer, proving the HD Moto and HD Auto concepts are delivering great track experiences for those people looking to put there vehicles through its paces in a safe and controlled environment.
Sign up to get the first option on new track dates. Some of the days we schedule on the National and International Track are not made public as they are booked out in the pre-sale. It's only $50 per year to join, so join up and get your car  or bike to the track sometime soon.
Upcoming HD MOTO Dates are as follows:
Saturday 25th February – National Circuit – full day 9am-4.30pm
Thursday 16th March – National Circuit – twilight session 5pm-7pm
Tuesday 25 April – National Circuit – afternoon 1pm-6pm (daylight dependent)
Click here for more info or to register

Upcoming HD AUTO Dates are as follows:
Saturday 18th March - GT Radial Club Circuit
Saturday 29th April - GT Radial Club Circuit
Saturday 20th May - GT Radial Club Circuit
Click here for more info or to register

Ride or drive: experience the exceptional

Hampton Downs have the full suite of ride and drive products open. From the Camaro muscle car U-drive, Lexus high-speed taxi (for up to four at once), the Greg Murphy V8 SuperTourer hot-lap rides, Lamborghini hot-laps or Go-Karts, single, tandem and extended lap packages – they’re all running. Buy a gift voucher (valid for 12 months) or book a date and time that suits. The perfect gift for those that are hard to buy for. Click here for full details

Gasoline Alley

Nestled on the outside of turn one is Hampton Downs' Gasoline Alley - the site of 90 garages all available for rent! Gasoline Alley is becoming a bustling hive of like-minded car owners. The gated area adds exclusivity to the regular meet-greets as growing occupancy brings more cars out of overcrowded home garages! If you need secure, conveniently located car storage space contact Cherie Brown on 027 5367870 or marketing@hamptondowns.com 

Hampton Downs 500: 
28 - 29 October

Block out the weekend of 28-29 October for the Hampton Downs 500. The Australian GT endurance event will boast a new race format in 2017 which sees it go from 101 laps to 500km long, an increase of 100km. The extended race will add one more pit stop, another driver change and the need for more fuel. Teams will need to go back to the drawing board on race strategy and spectators will be delivered a longer more exciting race spectacle. The second New Zealand leg of the Australian GT series has also adopted the change but will go just one kilometre further at the Highlands 501 on November 11-12.
You will again experience the colour, class and action of the world’s luxury car brands battling for supremacy at both events. Click for more information.
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