Famous Racecar Drivers from New Zealand

List of notable or famous racecar drivers from New Zealand, with bios and photos, including the top racecar drivers born in New Zealand and even some popular racecar drivers who immigrated to New Zealand. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Kiwi racecar drivers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These racecar drivers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known racecar driver from New Zealand is included when available.

List features people like Bert Hawthorne, Chris Amon.

This historic racecar drivers from New Zealand list can help answer the questions "Who are some Kiwi racecar drivers of note?" and "Who are the most famous racecar drivers from New Zealand?" These prominent racecar drivers of New Zealand may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Kiwi racecar drivers.

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  • Adam Richards
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    Adam Richards

    Adam Richards is a drifting driver from New Plymouth, New Zealand. He has been drifting competitively since 2003 and was crowned the 2005 D1NZ champion driving a modified Nissan Cefiro. He has competed in the D1 World All Stars Drift Championship in 2006 and 2007.
  • Bert Hawthorne
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    Herbert William Hawthorne (17 December 1943 – 14 April 1972) was a New Zealand racing driver. He was born in Derryhennett, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, however he immigrated to New Zealand at 13 years of age.
    • Age: Dec. at 28 (1943-1972)
    • Birthplace: County Armagh, United Kingdom
  • Brendon Hartley (born 10 November 1989) is a New Zealand professional racing driver who formerly competed in Formula One for Scuderia Toro Rosso. As of 2019, Hartley is a test and simulator driver for Scuderia Ferrari.He won the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship, alongside his teammates Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard, and also went on to win the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship alongside Bernhard and Earl Bamber. He won the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans with Bamber and Bernhard. He made his Formula One debut for Scuderia Toro Rosso at the 2017 United States Grand Prix.
    • Age: 33
    • Birthplace: Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • Carl Ruiterman

    Carl Ruiterman is a drifting driver from Pukekohe, New Zealand. Carl was crowned the 2007 D1NZ champion driving a Nissan Silvia S14. He made his D1NZ debut during the 2005 season, driving a Nissan Skyline R32. Carl raced motocross for three years. He broke his elbow while racing, so he decided to modify and tune a Nissan Skyline specifically for drag racing. While drag racing he won the C2 class during the 2005/2006 Night Speed Dragwars. After this he decided to try drifting in his Skyline. He enjoyed drifting, so he teamed up with E&H Motors to build a serious drift car for racing competitively. Once the car was complete and Carl more experienced he began to achieve better results, ...more
  • Chris Amon

    Christopher Arthur Amon (20 July 1943 – 3 August 2016) was a New Zealand motor racing driver. He was active in Formula One racing in the 1960s and 1970s and is widely regarded as one of the best F1 drivers never to win a championship Grand Prix. His reputation for bad luck was such that fellow driver Mario Andretti once joked that "if he became an undertaker, people would stop dying". Former Ferrari Technical Director Mauro Forghieri stated that Amon was "by far the best test driver I have ever worked with. He had all the qualities to be a World Champion but bad luck just wouldn't let him be".Apart from driving, Chris Amon also ran his own Formula One team for a short period in 1974. Away ...more
    • Age: 79
    • Birthplace: Bulls, New Zealand
  • Daniel Woolhouse

    Daniel Woolhouse, also known as 'Fanga Dan', is a two-time D1NZ Champion and professional Drifting driver from Whangarei, New Zealand. Competing with the iconic Driftcorp team he began drifting competitively in 2003, entering his first full season in 2005 driving a Nissan Laurel C33 in the D1NZ National Drifting Championship and finishing 3rd overall in his rookie year. Moving to a purpose built Nissan S15 Silvia he would go on to win the 2006 D1NZ Championship in just his second year of competition, also becoming the third Driftcorp driver to win a national title.In 2008 Woolhouse built and drove one of the first Holden VZ Commodores in competitive drifting, powered by a 2.6 liter Nissan ...more
    • Age: 39