'Gulf Oil Howden Ganley F5000 Festival'
brought to you by the
New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing (NZFMR)
Gulf Oil, New Zealand
Festival Dates: Friday 16th until Sunday 18th January 2015; and, Friday 23rd until Sunday 25th January 2015
The 'Gulf Oil Howden Ganley Formula 5000 Festival' will be held at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park - for information on how to get to Hampton Downs, see website www.hamptondowns.com
The theme of the Festival will be to celebrate New Zealand's Howden Ganley as well as the F5000 class of racing car. Together with Bruce McLaren, Chris Amon and Denny Hulme, Howden became the fourth New Zealander to drive Formula One cars in the 1970s.
Howden Ganley was raised in Hamilton, New Zealand, and began racing in his mother's Morris Minor in the late 1950s/early 1960s. He purchased and raced a Lotus 11 Climax sports racing car in New Zealand in 1961 and 1962 before leaving for England to do his 'OE'. He raced Gemini Mk4 FJ cars in 1963 before becoming a founding staff member of the Bruce McLaren Motor Racing team where, for the next two years, he helped to build McLaren racing cars. He then raced his own 1967 Brabham BT21 F3 car in UK & Europe in 1967 and 1968 and, in 1969, he continued his F3 racing but this time in a Chevron B15 F3. Bruce McLaren recognised Howden's talent as a racing driver and set him up with a 'semi-works' drive in a 1970 McLaren M10B F5000 car - and Howden finished runner up in the 1970 European F5000 Championship in this car.
In 1971 Howden drove for the official 'works' Yardley BRM team in Formula and in 1972 for Marlboro BRM F1 'works' team. In 1973 he raced for the Williams F1 team - at that time called Iso-Marlboro. In 1974 he drove briefly for the March F1 team before attempting to race the ill-prepared Maki F1 car for a Japanese company.
Howden finished 3rd in his sole Can-Am race in USA - the 1971 Can-Am Race at Riverside, California when driving the 7.0 litre BRM P167 Can-Am car. He was runner-up in the 1972 Le Mans 24 Hour race driving a Matra MS670. He also raced successfully for a number of years in the Gulf Mirage M6 and GR7 Cosworth sports racing cars.
In the mid-1970s Howden and Australian Tim Schenken, formed the UK race car manufacturer company named TIGA and he remained as a Director of the company until the mid-1980s.
Howden now lives in California and makes regular visits to New Zealand to see family and to attend the annual NZ Festival of Motor Racing events at Hampton Downs.
The Gulf Oil Howden Ganley F5000 Festival will feature race classes similar to those of the NZFMR Bruce McLaren Festival held in 2010, the NZFMR Chris Amon Festival in 2011, the NZFMR BMW Motorsport Festival in 2012, the NZFMR 'Gulf Oil' Denny Hulme Festival in 2013 and the Ferrari Festival 2014.
At the Festival in 2015 you will see Formula 5000, Historic Muscle Cars, Allcomers & Historic Sports Sedans, Historic saloons, sports cars & GTs, Historic Formula Fords, Classic Trials, Historic Formula Libre, Heritage Touring Cars Formula Junior & F3, and more.
See also the special demonstrations of 'Howden Ganley' cars and displays .
Check out further details of the types of cars racing at the Festival under the heading 'Event Info' on this website.