Legends of Speed celebrations for Graeme Lawrence and family set to go at Hampton Downs

The 2024 HRC Legends of Speed will this year be celebrating Graeme Lawrence and family over the weekend of 22-24 March 2024.  Three days of motor racing will be run at the Hampton Downs Motorsport Park commemorating the achievements of Graeme Lawrence and family with many of the cars, drivers and mechanics associated with the family in attendance. 

A Legends of Speed celebration dinner will also take place on Saturday night in the Hampton Downs Pavilion with many of the Lawrence family and guests attending. Starting at 6pm, the Masters of Ceremonies for the evening will be Michael Clark and Brian Lawrence. Limited tickets are available to the public in advance at a cost of $75 per person. Please book at https://www.iticket.co.nz/go-to/hrc-events

Graeme Lawrence (right)

“It’s an honour,” commented Graeme Lawrence.  “At the end of the day I have always loved driving cars.  All I was doing was driving a race car and having a great time.  I feel very proud indeed and look forward to a great weekend of motorsport with family friends and motorsport fans.”

Guests attending the weekend include Dean and Sandra Hall.  Hall was the first American who, in 1989, won the NZ Formula Pacific Championship including the ’89 NZ Grand Prix.  Winner of both the 1984 and 1987 NZ Grand Prix, Davy Jones, will also be in attendance along with both his wife and daughter.  Ken Smith, David Oxton, Kerry Bailey, Steve Richards, Ian McDonald, Stuart Eyre, Heather Spurle, Roger Anderson and Janelle Maber, daughter of Max Stewart will also join the celebrations.

A photo collage will be on display at the dinner and later auctioned to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand.

Graeme Lawrence – Tasman Series champion in 1970 – Ferrari 246T (ex-Amon car)

A parade will take place each lunch time at the race meeting with a selection of cars for the reflecting Graeme’s long connection to the sport including the Lola T332 F5000 that he competed in the Tasman Series (now owned by Russell Greer), his first Brabham BT6 (ex F3 car from the UK) used in the 1965/66 Tasman Series, the McLaren F2 car won the Singapore and Selangor GPs plus the Brabham BT29 that also won both GPs’. 

Two Swift DB4s with one in Dean Hall’s winner livery and a Ralt RT4 in Davy Jone’s livery when driven in NZ will take part.  The Ford Anglia that both Tony and Graeme raced in the 1963/64 NZ Saloon Car Series as part of the Molyslip Team, the Toyota Supra that Graeme drove in Targa NZ with Frank Radisich in the 90s and the Fiat Bambina that Tony Lawrence raced at Ohakea.

#14 Graeme Lawrence Lola F5000

Race categories taking part in the Legends of Speed race meeting at  Hampton Downs over the weekend include Formula Open New Zealand, Historic Muscle Cars, Historic Saloon Cars, Historic and Vintage Racing Association, Mini / Pre 65, Historic Formula Ford / North Island Formula Ford, TCM / NZ6, BMW E46, BMW 2 Litre and Open C, BMW Open, Formula First, Heritage Touring Cars and European Racing Classics.

Earlybird tickets are now available online at https://www.iticket.co.nz/go-to/hrc-events with free parking and access to the pits. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult are also free.

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!


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