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Events In History

25 May 2008

Dixon's victory at the Brickyard in 2008, the first Indianapolis 500 win by a New Zealander, helped him secure his second Indy Racing League championship.

2 September 1979

As well as a record six individual world titles between 1968 and 1979, including three in a row from 1968 to 1970, Mauger also won the long track world championship three times between 1971 and 1976.

2 June 1970

In 1958 Bruce McLaren was the first recipient of the Driver to Europe award, which enabled promising Kiwis to race against the world’s best.

22 October 1967

In 1967 Denny Hulme became the first – and so far only – New Zealander to win the Formula One World Championship.


Sport, 1940-1960

The mid-century decades brought more mass participation in sport, the consolidation of many national competitions, and greater achievement at international level. Read the full article

Page 5 - Changing trends

Professionals in an amateur

The 1960s

Five decades ago most Kiwis enjoyed a standard of living that was the envy of other nations. During the 1960s the arrival of TV and jet airliners shrank our world, and New Zealanders began to express themselves on a range of international issues, including opposition to the Vietnam War. Read the full article

Page 10 - 1967 - key events

A selection of the key events in New Zealand history from

Main image: Sybil Lupp
Car sport racer Sybil Lupp working on a Jaguar at her Willis Street garage in Wellington, c. 1957

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