Circle Track Racing Association Of New Zealand Inc.

Circle Track Racing Association Of New Zealand Incorporated

CTRA History


The New Zealand Outlaw Racing Association Inc




Preface by: Ray Townsend.


“If racing was outlawed only Outlaws would race”, so goes and old saying.


From its small beginnings a year ago to present day, the Outlaws racers are now establishing a name for themselves in the world of Speedway Racing in New Zealand.


The people involved and people wanting to be involved are now making great steps to foster this type of racing, and that is good for everyone. Doing what you like and enjoying it, is what life is all about.


To all racers, impending racers and supporters, one and all, let’s go racing and enjoy it.


The First Year by: Ian Abrahams


In 1984 a group of disgruntled Speedway people formed an organisation and took over the control of Speedway in New Zealand. The rebels; the New Zealand Speedway Control Board Inc., as they called themselves, had staged a coup, hijacked the conference of their predecessors and assumed the power to sanction and regulate all forms of Speedway nationwide.

Earlier in 1984 Barry Butterworth had promoted an extremely successful Speedway meeting at a half mile horse training track, just north of Auckland, Kumeu. The Kumeu Speedway at Easter was not sanctioned by the then Speedway Control Board, a sub-committee of the New Zealand Auto Cycle Union Inc., as it fell outside their jurisdiction. MANZ, who are affiliated to the FIA, the World Motor sport governing body, issued the permit for the Kumeu meeting to take place in their capacity as the organisation charged with the control of four wheeled motor sport in New Zealand.

The seeds of what was to become the - Circle Track Racing Association of New Zealand, was sown at the 1984 Easter Meeting, and in 1987 when Barry Butterworth again used Kumeu for an Easter meeting, this time over three days, those seed were germinating.

Before the ’87 Nationals, All Star Auto Sport (Barry Butterworth) had applied to MANZ for a permit to hold Speedway at Kumeu. At the same time asked MANZ, if an organisation was formed, would the control of Speedway in NZ be granted to that organisation?

MANZ reply was to issue the permit for the Easter Nationals, but, explained there was a needed to be a body of interested tracks before sanction could be considered.

Barry then contacted the new Ferndene Track in New Plymouth, Elsmere in Christchurch and Phil Horrobin’s planned Wiri complex. It was discovered that Phil had also made enquiries to MANZ.

Over the next few months Phil and Barry traveled to Ferndene, Whangarei, Huntly and rounded up much interest in the South Island, and addressed meetings at most of the above towns. A constitution had been drawn up at this stage and presented to MANZ.

As per MANZ constitution a club was needed to affiliate to the proposed CTRA. By now Barry had a club constitution drawn up and had held a social Sunday meeting at a New Lynn Hotel.

Meanwhile Ted Tracey had hinted that his dad, Brian, was at a loose end and would love to be involved. Enter Brian Tracey: Brian was a big help as this enabled Barry and Bruce Drinkrow to press on with plans, council approvals etc. for the building of Meremere Speedway. Barry had abstained from becoming a committee member of the newly formed Outlaw Association, because of heavy work commitments.

Visualising a future, strong association, by way of the new Meremere Speedway, Barry had the Outlaw Club sign a contract which gave him control of when and where Outlaw Speedway would be conducted. The reason being; that Outlaw Speedway would not be held at an unsuitable venue, or end up being in direct opposition to the Meremere Superbowl.

During those early days many dedicated people set the wheels in motion. Dion and Pat Mayson spent countless hours printing all the necessary forms etc. Kaipara Excavators team lead by Lloyd Hodge and of course Bruce, were working daylight to dark at the new Speedway.

Meanwhile Brian Tracey, leased and exsisting Speedway track at Waikaraka Park, which normally catered for Stock-cars, Saloon cars and modifieds. With the help of NZORA Inc memebers the first “Outlaw” meetings were raced. Meanwhile, in January work at  Meremere has started. Outlaw members were asked to help at working bees and responded. Three meetings were held at NZ’s fastest race track with NZORA Inc. providing much of the personnel needed.

When the Speedway racing went into winter recess the “Outlaws” remained active and highly visible. Aware of the need to legitimize their image and NZORA Inc undertook various highly publicized ventures. Nobody within speedway circles has any doubt, now, that the “Outlaws” are here to stay but more importantly the general public or Auckland are aware of the existence of the organisation.

The club strived to gain a solid financial base and a board membership, and although, thanks to the contract with Barry Butterworth, absolved from having to provide racing venues for their competitor members, found that upholding the club’s objectives kept the executive members busy.

The club decided to provide safety equipment and personnel at speedway meetings and was forced to counter claims, by the NZSCB Inc. that the Meremere operation and CTRA were not in the best interests of Speedway.

In everything the club did, during the first year of its existence, the executive strived to present the club with a positive, professional image. Be it fundraising, public relations, officiating at speedway meetings, keeping in contact with members or working with CTRA to ensure fair competition the NZORA Inc. has maintained the high standards.





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