Mark Baker

Mark Baker has been working in automotive PR and communications for more than two decades. For much longer than that he has been a motorsport journalist, photographer and competitor, witness to most of the most exciting and significant motorsport trends and events of the mid-late 20th Century. His earliest memories of motorsport were trips to races at Ohakea in the early 1960s, and later of annual summer pilgrimages to watch Shellsport racers and Mini 7s at Bay Park and winter sorties into forests around Kawerau and Rotorua to see the likes of Russell Brookes, Ari Vatanen and Mike Marshall ply their trade in group 4 Escorts. Together with Murray Taylor and TV producer/director Dave Hedge he has been responsible for helping to build New Zealand’s unique Toyota Racing Series into a globally recognized event brand under category managers Barrie and Louise Thomlinson. Now working for a variety of automotive and mainstream commercial clients, Mark has a unique perspective on recent motor racing history and the future career paths of our best and brightest young racers.

Latest Posts:

Kiwi Armstrong makes a sensational start to the FIA Formula 2 season at Red Bull Ring

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Marcus Armstrong has made a sensational start to his FIA Formula 2 campaign with ART Grand Prix team, fighting back…

Doing a Stroll

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When Lance Stroll came to New Zealand to contest the Toyota Racing Series, he did so as part of a…

Half a year away from the gear: Armstrong is ready to go

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How to survive the filthy Covid sane and fit and ready to race: New Zealand racing driver Marcus Armstrong has…

Life in a plague year

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Talk Motorsport is about opinions. In fact it’s the best sounding board the sport has, and facts and opinions flow…

Nature abhors a vacuum

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Sanctioning and organising bodies with New Zealand championships in their portfolios appear to be risking ‘outlaw’ series taking over their…

What on earth are the F1 teams up to?

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Big props to the British-based F1 teams, they have been doing something outside their regular self-absorbed single-minded obsession with going…

NZ V8s – it’s game on for summer 2021

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Some of the potential owners/racers I spoke to after the category launch at last year’s CRC Speed Show were gasping…

First Blood to Ruiterman as 2020 JG Civil NZ Offroad Racing Championship Kicks Off

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Pukekohe racer Carl Ruiterman has scored the first win of the 2020 JG Civil New Zealand Offroad Racing Championship –…

Context and relevance for motorsport decisions

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The announcement’s timing might have been better managed – right before the first round of the 2020 V8SC championship, GM…

Ways to go forward – Licensing

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This week, Talkmotorsport continues to look into the Australian Auto Sport Alliance licensing option that has entered the NZ market……..