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:

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…

The dark side of wellness in motorsport

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We made an impressive sight. Anything up to 20 bods trooping into stages of the Rally of New Zealand, clutching…

The V8s: distraction or destination?

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Leaving aside three stand-out aberrations on the basis that they are exceptions that prove a rule, why aren’t Aussies thronging…

Gen 2 ruins the pony car

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Disclaimer: Mark Baker has no axe to grind or skin in this game. He did PR for the Bruce Miles-Castrol-Toyota…

Five torrid weeks deliver a worthy champion

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They fought for five weeks as the lead see-sawed back and forth. New Zealand’s two hottest prospects for international motorsport…

Armstrong ‘on-it’ at Manfeild on Saturday

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The pitched battle that has raged for four weeks between Marcus Armstrong and Liam Lawson took on an edge this…

Mind games are the best games…aren’t they?

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The gloves are off, the jokes have an edge to them, and the wind is faintly overlaid with the reek…

Hartley was right, it’s not over till it’s over

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He teased us, cryptically, with the Twitter post. “Little blog to sign off last year. My 2019 calendar is filling…