After seeing New Zealand pop up over on Jalopnik in Travis' article about a man seeing a UFO I realized that you don't often see New Zealand mentioned on international sites. And when you do it's about odd things. Like UFO sightings, remote airports, expensive air fares, Lord of the Rings and driving dogs. Yes, dogs that drive cars.
This is probably because we are situated in a cold and forgotten corner of the world. But when it comes to cars and motorsport, I think we do alright. For starters - Bruce McLaren, Burt Munro and Possum Bourne were all New Zealanders and should need no introduction to anyone reading this. They all honed their skills and and built their respective vehicles here before going on to dominate overseas.
We have a large enthusiast car scene which is spread across V8/hotrods, European, classics, weekend race cars and Japanese tuners which local media love referring to as 'boy racers' (they are right most of the time).
We build batshit crazy rotaries.
We have a hugely competitive drag racing industry with an annual V8 vs import event that sees bogans and teenagers battle it out.
We hold a WRC round once every couple of years and we host one V8 Supercars event each year. As well as our own homegrown V8 SuperTourers series.
We have a massive drifting community which has really grown in popularity over the last few years.
Along with various other racing disciplines such as Super GT, Time Attack and factory backed production classes.
Are we small? Yes. Are we part of Australia? No. Are our Australian neighbours annoying? Yes. Do we love rugby? Yes. Are we a little odd? Yes. Do we have a place called Shantytown? Yes.
Do we like cars? Yes we do.
Photo credit: Google Maps/Me.