Auckland Car Club
About Auckland Car Club

2016 Inductees




Jim Donaldwas originally one of Auckland’s top racing and rallying mechanics but after commencing his own rally driving career in the 1970s won three NZ Rally Championships and the 1980 Rally of NZ. Driving Ford Escort RS1600s and 1800s as part of the legendary Masport Escort Team he also represented NZ in international rallies in Australia and Wales then contested several long distance saloon car races in NZ.

Ross Stone worked as a top racing mechanic in NZ and overseas but in NZ contested both Formula Ford and Formula Pacific driving cars designed and built by his brother Jim and himself. After winning the Gold Star Championship he concentrated on building and servicing saloon and touring cars culminating in winning multiple V8 Supercar titles under the Stone s Racing banner.

Jim Stonealso worked as an engineer in both Formula 1 and CanAm but on his return to NZ contested Formula Ford racing and Touring Car racing with some success driving cars designed and built by he and his younger brother Ross. After retiring from driving and building cars and servicing for various teams he formed Stone Brothers Racing with Ross and the rest is history.

Rod Millenis a legend in NZ rallying having won the first three NZ Rally Championships for Mazda then taking several North American titles. Having founded a successful motorsport engineering business in California he went on to become a dominant force stadium truck racing and at the Pikes Peak Hillclimb.

Ian Iverswas one of NZ motorsports hardest workers who maintained a "behind the scenes” profile despite his huge efforts. He undertook roles such as Clerk Of Course, Chief Grid Marshall, Chief Scrutineer, MANZ Steward and served on the club’s executive Committee for 20 years including several years as Vice-President.

Greg Lancaster commenced racing in 1965 and retired in 1994 driving a variety of saloon and touring cars. As a successful corporate Chief Executive, he also instigated and oversaw major sponsorship of both racing and rallying including the 1983 and 1984 Sanyo Rally of NZ. Greg also held high positions in motorsport administration and as a director of the NZV8s board of control. Unofficially he also ensured the Clubrooms were equipped with modern TV sets and sound systems!

Jim Palmercommenced racing as a 15 year old and is a legend in NZ motor racing having won multiple Gold Star championships and finished first resident Kiwi in the NZ Grand Prix several times. A move to touring cars saw him race big banger saloons, production cars and the legendary red Porsche 911. He also contested and won long distance saloon races throughout his lengthy career.

Dr Ken Orrwas one of the lesser known motor racing officials whose 40 year contribution as the club’s Chief Medical Officer was immense to say the least. As a successful doctor located in the central city, Ken would take his caravan Ardmore and Pukekohe where he would undertake all serious medical work single handed. He also performed this task for the Northern Sports Car Club and NZ Grand Prix Association.

Rick Hillhas been constantly involved as a volunteer on the Auckland rallying scene since the mid-1970s mainly operating the recovery vehicle and then as a sometime competitor and regular sponsor of the club’s rally events. Having owned and run a successful panel beating business in for several years, Rick owned his own tow truck which he hauled around Auckland area rallies rescuing crews from their difficulties for over 20 years.

Jack Christie was a notable businessman and motorsport administrator for over 40 years and served as the club’s representative on the NZIGP board for 30 years. He also served on the Board of Motorsport Management Ltd and was a former Executive Committee member of the Club. Jack’s constant loyalty saw his company TISCO sponsor the club’s annual Gold Star Trial for several years during the 1970s.

Dennis Marwood started racing in a Humber 80 in the early 1960s and competed at the highest levels until retiring in the mid-1980s. He drove with success in both the historic Rothmans Cooper and the brutal Eisert Chev F5000 single seaters before achieving legendary status in the Rorison Chev Camaro and a host of production and long distance races.

Allan Woolfhas been racing and rallying successfully since the 1950s and although starting in a Ford 8 was better known for his exploits in Triumphs. Despite being an exponent at production touring car racing, Allan also won an NZ Touring Car title in a rapid Escort BDG before heading up a family motorsport dynasty in racing and rallying. His company, Woolf Mufflers, also became a regular sponsor of high profile motorsport events.

Doug Bonewas renowned as a hard working executive committee member who served terms as Club Captain and Vice-President together with organising several trials, car shows, film evenings and a host of other motorsport events. Always a keen competitor in hillclimbs and gymkhanas, Doug was a respected rally co-driver in national and international rallies together with winning six Gold Star trials Championships.

Jim Richardsfirst came to notice driving an Anglia 105E then progressed to a Williment Escort twin cam then the legendary Sidchrome Mustang. He notched up several NZ Touring and Production Car titles before moving to Australia where he became a racing icon. His career includes five Australian Touring Car & V8 Supercar Championships together with seven Bathurst 1000 victories. After more than 50 years of racing, Jim still races in the Australian Touring Car Master Series and contests Targa Rally events in his Porsche 911.

Paul Radisich leapt to immediate prominence driving Formula Pacific in NZ before undertaking stints in North American Formula Atlantic and in British Formula 3 where he established a solid reputation. Having come to the eye of top touring car teams in both Britain and Australia he became a regular winner in both British Touring Cars and Australian V8 Supercars. His career culminated in winning two World Touring Car Championships with Ford during the early 1990s.

Ralph Emson was keen on racing cars since he was a boy and raced competitively for over 40 years contesting a variety of events and classes especially production cars where he specialised in long distance events. He also excelled in trials and rallies most notably finishing second overall in the 1970 Heatway Rally of NZ in a Holden Torana XU-1.

Ben Hamiltonwas a long time stalwart of the club having competed in early trials and undertaking various administration duties at race meetings over several years. After serving on the Executive Committee for over 20 years where he worked as the Club’s Membership Secretary, Ben was awarded a life membership of the Club.

Jack Nazerhas been a club member for over 50 years and was at the forefront of the 1960s "Allcomers” saloon car racing scene followed by many years in the "Big Banger” Touring Car Championships. Jack’s exploits three legendary cars – the yellow Lotus Anglia fastback, the Cossack Escort FVA and the Vauxhall Victor-Chev "Lady Victorious” – established him as a crowd favourite together with winning the  NZ Touring Car Championship during the 1970s.

Barry Webberwas a regular competitor in trials and racing during the 1950s and 1960s but after stepping down from competing focused on his role as Club President for nearly 15 years. Under Barry’s leadership the Club was prominent in the transition to a more commercial and professional era of motor racing and the advent of special stage rallying. Barry was one of motorsports finest diplomats and was awarded a Life Membership of the Club for his efforts.

Les McLarenheaded the early years of the world renowned McLaren motor racing dynasty which was most notable for the exploits of his son Bruce, an earlier Roll Of Honour Inductee. Les was a former President of the Club and a Life Member who always maintained an interest by making regular visits to officiate at various functions, prizegivings, etc. Les was a keen competitor for many years in the early days of the Club before stepping aside to concentrate on his son’s career.