Motu School 4×4 Safari Reveals Some Graphic NZ History

Day 2 of the Motu 2021 Safari headed South from the School and Village, onto Whakarau Road, then across the heights towards Rere the waterfall, and the site of some of the more desperate fighting in the East Cape theatre of New Zealand’s “Maori Wars”. Avid Land Rover Enthusiast, and...


Mazda BT-50 on Motu 4×4 Safari

The Motu School 4×4 Safari is probably the longest running, and one of the more challenging 4×4 adventures available in the North Island, if not NZ. Eschewing the usual “Follow the leader” tag-along format, the Safari is a bi-annual excursion into the East Cape, where small...


Mather takes 1st National Round Win at Thames

It had been a long time between starts for the 50 odd Competitors who took to the course for Round 2 of the 2020/21 NZ Trials series hosted by the Hikutaia School, at Hikutaia, just out of Thames at the end of January. With Covid-19 causing the cancellation of the final round of the...


Tough Terrain and Tight Times in Tuakau

They used to say, with absolute certainty, that to finish first, you first have to finish – and nowhere does that hold true more than motorsport! Well, it did until a few years ago when Jim Richards beat Dick Johnson in a very wet Bathurst, after a big pile-up, and cemented his place in...


Hall and McCall: “Bringing racing to the people”

WORDS AND IMAGES BY MARK BAKER: VERITAS COMMUNICATIONS  A 13 year epic tale of passion, dedication and perseverance will be completed at the end of 2020 when Auckland’s newest race circuit is opened. Runciman’s Kevin Hall and Manukau racer Tony McCall – both offroad racing national...




Throw Back Thursday – 2013 Top of the South Winch Challenge

Bogs, Boulders and Boys at the Top of the South Challenge! WORDS AND PICS BY LUCY JACKSON  Broken drive shafts were the order of the day at the first round of the 2013 Mainland Winch Challenge Series. The event was held at Mt Riley Farm over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, and saw trucks from...