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:

Southland’s finest ready for the next step

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It’s an exciting time to be Brendon Leitch. There’s a bit of a sense that the stars are aligning for…

Female racers add cachet to Castrol TRS grid

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For me, the Toyota Racing Series through the years has been a rich vein of excellent back stories. The ones…

Strength under pressure

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Where does character come from? Where do you go to mine rich seams of determination? How do you channel testosterone-driven…

Regional cars ramped up

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The regional ‘junior’ championships are making their own plans to ramp up competition and appeal to drivers making their way…

TRNZ breathes life into FT-60 race car

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It lives! It turns laps! The new turbo engine for Toyota’s FT-60 race car has completed its installation phase and…

New Zealand needs this show.

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The thousands of happy punters who pass through the gates of the Greenlane expo complex will hardly spare a thought…

Prospect of WRC’s return ‘exciting’

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Leading Kiwi rally driver Emma Gilmour says news the World Rally Championship could once more include New Zealand is exciting,…

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…