Landspeed in NZ

The speeds recorded at Landspeed New Zealand Association events are done with certified Tag Heuer equipment, on a surveyed and certified road, and we duplicate the event requirements as at USA Bonneville or Australia Lake  Gairdner with a run each way within one hour over a timed 1/4 mile distance. You have over 2.5klms runup to the timed section, then you have over 2.5klms to slow down. ( Note Drag racing strips only have 800 meters to slow down) We also record one way speeds– They will be officially recorded as Landspeed New Zealand Association records.  Landspeed New Zealand Association is not affiliated with either Motorcycling New Zealand or Motorsport New Zealand so our landspeed records will not be acknowledged by these parties.

But good news on application to Motorcycle New Zealand  and Landspeed New Zealand you can go for MNZ Landspeed records at our event as MNZ now recognises LSNZ and the venue/Road. They will be in attendance but you are required to join a MNZ approved club, have a MNZ competition license and there is extra fees and compliance rules, in addition to the LSNZ fees. We can only accommodate up to 4 applicants at each event.   Check out our landspeed records under RESULTS and see participants where have broken nearly all those MSNZ and MNZ record speeds, because we have reduced costs by up to 500% with multi participants, but at same time not compromised safety as we provide Ambulance, Paramedics, Rescue staff, Fire engine, extraction equipment, and up to 20 experienced motorsport marshals, backed up by the latest in communication equipment.  

One can compare your vehicle, car or motorbike specifications to those of MNZ & MSNZ classes and it is these current records in these classes that Landspeed New Zealand Association entrant’s will be attempting to better. 

Overall fastest current New Zealand record officiated by MSNZ

The fastest officially timed speed in New Zealand was set by Eddie Freeman driving a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera at Ohakea Airforce Base, on 26 October 2012. There, he set the record for the flying kilometer at 355.485 kph (220.888 mph). In doing so, Eddie Freeman took the flying kilometer record from Owen Evans, who had previously set the record at 348.061 kph at Goudies Road, Reporoa on June 2nd 1996 in his Porsche 911 GT Le Mans Turbo. 

But note at a Landspeed NZ event 8th April 2018 in a 1500hp Darryl Dolby – 2008 Nissan R35 GTR did a amazing two way average of 357.02 kph.

On 6th March 2022 event Scott Wilkins riding a modified Kawasaki H2R broke the speed records above on Goudies Road, Reporoa doing a 364.5kph/227.8mph one way with a 358.4kph/224mph two way average. 

The Castrol Trophy (New Zealand Landspeed Record)

The Castrol Trophy in landspeed racing is awarded for the fastest vehicle officially timed by MSNZ with a flying start over a measured distance of one full mile (1.609 kilometers). The trophy itself is a one third replica of The Sir Charles Wakefield Trophy which was presented for the World Land Speed record in the 1930’s by Castrol’s founding chairman. Current holder of the Castrol Trophy is Owen Evans, who attained 216.385 mph (348.237 kph) on June 2nd 1996 in his Porsche 911 GT Le Mans Turbo on Goudies Road, Reporoa. The previous holder of the trophy had been Ray Williams at 196.721 mph (316.591 kph), set on the 16th March 1996 in a Road Registered Porsche 930, also on Goudies Road, Reporoa.

MSNZ has now awarded the Castrol cup to Dean Hart in a jet-powered dragster for averaging 227.14 mph (363.436 kph) powered by a Rolls Royce Viper 535 engine from a BAC Strikemaster aircraft, on Ohakea Airforce Base 7th March 2020.

Motorcycling New Zealand (MNZ) Landspeed Records

MNZ’s records for individual classes are available here, current as of Jan 2018. The fastest Motorcycle for these records was JG Hepburn 5th Jan 2000 on a Suzuki Hayabusa 1300cc did 191.08mph (305.72kph) but at LSNZ events in 8th April 2018 we had 8 motorcycles exceed this speed with the fastest average being a Suzuki Hayabusa turbo doing 210mph ( 336.38kph) Then on 10th Feb 2019 the fastest one way speed was a incredible 219mph( 351.13kph) by Stuart Goldsworthy on the Supercharged Kawasaki H2R. On 6th March 2022 event Scott Wilkins riding a modified Kawasaki H2R broke the speed records above on Goudies Road, Reporoa doing a 364.5kph/227.8mph one way with a 358.4kph/224mph two way average.