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:

Macau F3 – bring it on!

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From a far land, by means fair and foul, we learn this week that the FIA has yielded to pressure…

There’s no fuel like…

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…that extra bit you squeeze into your tank every time you pit at Le Mans. Huge clamour this week over…

TraNZam for the new millennium comes with a trans-Tasman snub

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Did I miss something, or is this a huge snub? The ‘Gen II’ spec and concept for the BNT NZ…

Disruption. Disappointment. Diversion.

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It is the same in many sports. Cricket relies heavily on the ‘upstairs’ umpire to make decisions. Rugby and league…

Oh deer, I’m out!

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Cervidae Dama Dama might sound like something your doctor could fix with a big shot of penicillin, but it’s rather…

Toyota plays its winning hand

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Toyota played its cards close to its chest going into the launch of the new FT60 single-seater, successor after five…

The hardware behind the excitement

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With two young New Zealanders forging a path in the new FIA Formula 3 Championship and some exciting movements pending…

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…