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.

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Motorsport careers 101: volunteer, study, work hard

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These days, we talk at length about the enormous successes of ‘our boys’ on the global motor racing scene. Rightly…

Name that race

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This is one of New Zealand’s oldest motor races. Until last year, it was the oldest race to have been…

Kiwis step on up to the Big Show: FIA Formula 3

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“If you told me at the start of the season I would be Champion before this season I wouldn’t be…

Career ladder or destination?

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Debate in recent weeks has grown heated. Or at least warm. The release of MotorSport New Zealand’s strategy doc and…

The single seater path to glory

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MotorSport New Zealand’s recently completed a review of its strategy for premier race categories in New Zealand focuses mainly on…

Time to get with the programme

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The race strategy review carried out by Motorsport New Zealand indicates a broad acceptance that international trends are bringing us…

Our lads in F3 – by the numbers

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In the extended build-up to the opening round of the FIA Formula 3 Championship, it might be interesting to throw…

To see through the FOG

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It’s been a while since Formula One was available live and free to air in New Zealand. In fact it’s…

Back into the breach as F3 testing begins

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New Zealand’s exciting renaissance in single-seaters continues this week as Marcus Armstrong and Liam Lawson join 29 other drivers and…

Springs Speedway – no more?

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This week, it was revealed that the promoters of Auckland’s historic Western Springs Speedway face an end to the sport’s…