Why romance alone isn't enough for motorsport's winter escape
New Zealand's Toyota Racing Series continues a long tradition of top drivers heading down under for a winter escape. But it's relevance, not romance, that is driving a new era for the successful category.
There's something romantic about a summer spent racing single-seaters in New Zealand.
Back in the 1960s, the top Formula 1 drivers would head down under to spend January contesting the Tasman Series in Australia and New Zealand in Tasman-spec versions of F1 cars.
Bruce McLaren, Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart were all Tasman Series champions, while Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham and Keke Rosberg are all multiple New Zealand Grand Prix winners.
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