Hindsight and history are always a great thing! Some hark back to the ‘golden period’ in New Zealand motorsport, the 1950s’ and 60s’ when many of the current and future great drivers raced in New Zealand.
The next generation may look back to our present day and marvel at the number of ‘great names’ that graced our shores from 2005 through to today.
The Southlands Sports Car Club this week listed the drivers competing in F1, F2, F3, Porsche Supercup, and the IndyCar Series last weekend, that had raced at their circuit, Teretonga Park.
This includes four current F1 drivers: Lando Norris (main picture), Lance Stroll, Nicholas Latifi, Daniil Kvyat.
Nine drivers in F2 have visited Teretonga: Guanyu Zhou, Marcus Armstrong, Callum Illott, Jehan Daruvala, Robert Shwartzman, Yuki Tsunoda, Nikita Mazepin, Pedro Piquet, Artem Markelov.
Six drivers in the FIA F3 have raced in Invercargill including Lirim Zendeli, Richard Verschoor, Liam Lawson, Clement Novalak, Cameron Das, Igor Fraga.
Porsche Mobil 1 SuperCup Kiwi driver Jaxon Evans and in Indycar there is Scott Dixon, Santino Ferucci, Charlie Kimball.
That’s quite a haul of top drivers that the SSCC can proudly say they have hosted.
A key difference between today and back in the ‘other’ golden period, is that they used to bring out to NZ the latest F1 machinery that they had been competing in and wining Grand Prix. I doubt that this will happen again.