Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits talkmotorsport.co.nz. He writes for a number of Kiwi drivers and motorsport clubs. That's when he's not working in his horticultural day-job or training for the next road or mtb cycle race!
Kate credits her late father Geoff Gordon with igniting her interest in motorsport. Geoff was a Holden dealer and took Kate along to Manfeild to watch Peter Brock. It was all about ‘Brocky’ from then on – even secretly when Kate’s first job out of university was with Ford Motor Company of NZ! Her Ford boss invited the then Prime Minister David Lange to go racing and Kate was suddenly part of a race team. Since then she’s worked in the motor vehicle and/or motorsport sectors in various marketing and PR roles. In 2001 she established her freelance PR consultancy, Relish Communications where she has enjoyed working with the NZV8 Championship and several drivers, Rally New Zealand for the WRC events and NZRC, MotorSport New Zealand, and various rally competitors including New Zealand’s own rally star, Hayden Paddon. Writing for talkmotorsport.co.nz offers Kate a grand opportunity to talk with all kinds of interesting motorsport folk she’s met along the way. Check out www.relishcommunications.co.nz
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.
Ross MacKay is an award-winning journalist, author and publicist with first-hand experience of motorsport from a lifetime competing on two and four wheels. He currently combines a day job editing NZ4WD magazine with contract media work, weekend Mountain Bike missions and towing his 1989 Nissan Skyline drifter to grassroots meetings around the North Island.
Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media.
Working full time in the motorsport industry since 2004, Richard has established himself within the group of Australia’s core motorsport broadcasters, covering the support card at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix for Channel 10, the Bathurst 12 Hour for Channel 7 and RadioLeMans plus Porsche Carrera Cup & Touring Car Masters for FOX Sports’ Supercars coverage. Works a PR bloke for several teams and categories, is an amateur motorsport photographer and owns five cars, most of them Holdens, of varying vintage and state of disrepair.
Known in New Zealand for being the voice of the Toyota Racing Series TV coverage, Jonathan Green is also a co-host at Speed City Broadcast. Speed City is a US national radio show broadcasting F1,Indy Car and Moto GP and Jonathan is the voice of the Circuit of the Americas. Based in Austin Texas, Jonathan is one of the world’s leading motor sports broadcasters with more than 20 years at the sharp end of the sport as producer, presenter, reporter and commentator and is one of a handful in his field that he covers both two and four wheel motor sport from Formula One to Moto GP and World Superbikes.
Historian, researcher, writer, Cantabrian
With an interest in motorsport since I was young, and a passion for journalism I have been able to combine the two while also studying for a Bachelor of Communications and a Diploma in Journalism at Wintec.
Currently studying a Bachelor of Communications at AUT in Auckland, Zane Shackleton has always expressed an outgoing passion towards anything motorsport. Zane enjoys volunteering with The Motorsport Club as a flag marshall and continually learning about the rich history of New Zealand motor racing. An avid Formula One and open-wheeler fan, Zane combines his journalism studies alongside a casual day-job at Hampton Downs