November Newsletter


Tony Wallace Memorial Meeting – 30th Oct/1st Nov

The Tony Wallace Memorial meeting at Kartsport Manawatu is done and dusted for another year and what a great weekend it was.


We had the threat of bad weather hanging over us all weekend but in the end the disruption was minimal, and everyone had plenty of track time.  With entries in the high 60’s there were good size fields and the driving standard and quality was good and awesome to watch.


Friday resulted in a few engines not making it through the day so there was plenty of action in the pits with engine strips and swaps and as always plenty of help was on hand.


While trophies are a small part of our proceedings the Tony Wallace cup is always well received, and this year it went to Wayne Billings so well deserved.  Last year’s recipient Jamie Sutton made a really nice job of his speech while handing the trophy onto Wayne.


Wayne also picked up the best presented annual trophy for his efforts with his green Dart and Mac 91B.


Many thanks to the team at Kartsport Manawatu for their hospitality, BBQ and the track and grounds were beautifully presented.


And finally, a big thank you to our good mate Bruce for his management of the pits and grids with his usual big smile and lousy jokes.  Bruce has agreed to look after the pits for us in Wellington for the GP which is very much appreciated.


It was great to see Mark Jenks back in his karts and getting some laps in at the Tony Wallace after what has been a rough couple of years’ health wise for him.


Finally, thanks to Jo and Neil Hyndman for sorting out the various groups which gave us a great starting point for the weekend and probably a headache for them ????


Jason Richards Memorial – Nelson – 7th Nov (From our roving reporter Gary Fisher)

The Jason Richards meeting in Nelson on 7th November had a good turnout of Vintage Karts with a large number from Christchurch, one from Auckland (Grant Gedye), and two groups of locals.  We had three kids running in Junior which was really good to see, and there have been several enquiries for karts from other Juniors.  Seniors were well supported with approximately fourteen karts, mostly Yamaha but also a few reeds and rotaries.


Everyone had a pretty good time and no issues at all on track.  The first four runs were all done in the dry but the final run for Saturday was in the wet with a mix of karts on slicks and wets, the wets drivers copping a little ribbing for their tyre choice.


Unfortunately, Sunday was very wet and the remainder of the meeting was cancelled for safety reasons due to rain, flooded track and plunging temperatures.


Austin Arnold took out the Vintage Kart People’s Choice award which was kindly put up by Kartsport Nelson.  A great time was had by all who attended, shame about Sunday but it did mean that those who were travelling were able to hit the road a little earlier.


Big thanks to all that travelled and to Kartsport Nelson who were great hosts, and it was nice to have the opportunity to remember and drive to honour a top bloke.


VKNZ Website

At the Tony Wallace we were very pleased to announce that the new VKNZ website has been launched and it looks great.  The site is administered by Richard Allport so if you have any feedback, questions, content etc. get in touch with Richard.


The site can be found at and it also has a link to our Facebook page.


VKNZ Stickers/Badges and Banners

We still have a stock of VKNZ stickers and embroided badges and they are available by contacting Vic Leech at


Stickers are $3 and the badges are $15 including GST and postage.


If you have a meeting coming up where you would like to use the VKNZ banners, contact me and I will get them to you.  They are great for adding a touch of promotion and visibility for Vintage Karting.


Upcoming Meetings

  • ·   Hamilton Christmas Meeting  –  12 December 2020 (date confirmed)
        entries must be done on-line at Kartsport Hamilton (refer to the details below).
  • ·   EBOP two day Club Meeting – 20 & 21 February 2021 (camping on site available)
  • ·   VKNZ Wellington GP Dates  –  13 & 14 March 2021 (date confirmed)

If there are any meetings I have missed, or you are aware of, please contact me and I will include them in the next newsletter.


Hamilton Christmas Meeting – 12 Dec 2020

Registration is only available online through the KartSport Hamilton website and must be completed before you go to the track either for the club day itself or to practice.  Please note no entries will be accepted on the day.


  • ·  Cost of entry $52 for the club day, and $21 for the practice sessions
  • ·  Practice sessions are available 5, 6 & 11 Dec – 9am to 5pm
  • ·  Track opens on club day at 7.30am, start time after 9am
  • ·  Vintage programmed for 5 runs
  • ·  Kitchen will be open on the club day

New Members

We would like to welcome the following new members to VKNZ who have joined us during the last few months.


Dave Stacey – Auckland                                             Ella Jensen – Gisborne

Kelsi Gough – Auckland                                               Bella Leonard – Hawkes Bay

Oliver Pullein – Auckland                                             Dave Waugh – Hawkes Bay

Ayrton Williams – Cambridge                                       Hamish Williams – Hawkes Bay

Hayden Lines – Tauranga                                            Jackson Rooney – Hawkes Bay

Ian Laird – Taranaki                                                      Peter Osborne – Hawkes Bay

Blair Fage – Manawatu                                                Craig Orr – Canterbury

Andrew Cranston – Manawatu                                     Helen Allfrey – Canterbury


So welcome, and please do not hesitate to reach out to our existing members or the VKNZ Committee if you have any questions or would like some assistance.


Also please feel free to browse our website and take advantage of the conversations and information on our Facebook page as well.


Log Book Application Fee

The VKNZ committee has approved an increase of the log book application fee from $10 to $20 which will be effective from 1 January 2021.  To break this down for you, the fee covers paper, colour printing, laminating, envelope, and postage/courier as required.  There is also an annual fee for the Microsoft programme used to produce the document.


It is also timely to remember that the process involves checking the details provided and processing the log book for issuing.  This is all done by our club volunteers and can take a little time.  We appreciate that you all work tirelessly on getting your karts restored to the highest standard and this does take time.   However if you are needing to apply for a log book for a particular event, to ensure it can be processed and delivered to you in time for the event, the completed application with all the required information needs to be received no later than two weeks before the required event to guarantee it can be produced in time.  Application process and details are available on the new VKNZ website.


Kartsport Rule V5 2.2

Please note that Kartsport have informed us that the dispensation for use of period overalls expires on 31-12-2020.


We have applied for and have been granted an extension to 31-12-2022.


If you are still using these overalls, please let the Committee know and we can update the VKNZ Suit Register.


V5.2.2  Demonstrations and Regularity Trials: 

  • Effective from 1-1-18:  Only clothing which complies with Rule G3 must be worn.

Exception: Effective until to 31-12-20:  The 12 race suits inspected/approved by KartSport New Zealand and listed in the Vintage Kart Suit Register  These overalls have been issued with a unique label (see Pic).