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 connections to the fore in F1

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Another two degrees of Kiwi connectedness with F1 as news drops today that Lando Norris is to step up and…

Is this guy the best champion New Zealand has never heard of?

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Keizoku wa chikara nari – Persistence brings reward Followers of Talk Motorsport are a breed above. They (we) know who…

Battle of the Billionaires – who has the most money?

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As the dust settles over the ‘forced’ sale of Vijay Mallya’s pink Formula One team, some of the machinations behind…

Clash of codes: Raana Horan’s choice!

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It’s hard to imagine what this guy might have achieved if he’d discovered rallying ten years ago. Raana Horan rocked…

Dan dared to dream, but Marko ‘ticktum’ off

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If anyone steps into Brendon Hartley’s seat at the end of this season, it will not be British hotshoe and…

Have we reached Peak Kiwi?

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As the annual driver recruitment phase begins over at Toyota Racing New Zealand, there is a tense atmosphere out in…

The road to glory

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It’s a housing estate, baking in the relentless heat of the tropical sun and 34 degree days with 100 per…

Careful on that ladder Eugene, she’s a tad broke

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The 2019 Castrol Toyota Racing Series will return to Highlands Motorsport Park in the South Island and will not start…

How to be top

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New Zealand race fans love to reminisce about the years when we had a ‘Trio at the top’. For decades,…