Wigram Airfield Circuit
Wigram Airfield Circuit was a temporary motor racing circuit at Wigram Aerodrome, Christchurch, New Zealand. The airfield is a former base of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. It is named after Sir Henry Wigram. The temporary circuit was 3 km (2.1 mile) with a 1.3 km (0.8mile) main straight. The first summer meetings held at Wigram Aerodrome in 1949 are considered the oldest motor races in New Zealand. The track hosted rounds of the annual Tasman Series from 1964 to 1975. For safety reasons, the last race at Wigram (for classic racers) was held in the year 2000.
|Location||Christchurch, New Zealand|
|Time zone||GMT +12|
|Owner||Ngai Tahu Property|
|Major events||Lady Wigram Trophy|
New Zealand Grand Prix
|Length||3.540 km (2.200 mi)|
|Race lap record||1:03.6 (Peter Gethin, Chevron B24 Chevrolet, 1974)|
The Lady Wigram Trophy which was organized by the Canterbury Car Club had been raced at Wigram Aerodrome since 1949. The race for the trophy has since moved to Powerbuilt Raceway at Ruapuna Park.
Ngai Tahu Property, the owners of the aerodrome, are acquiring the site as part of a treaty settlement claim. The aerodrome was closed to air traffic in September 2008 and will become a housing development.
- Wigram track at Tasman-Series.com Archived 23 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- Motor Racing at Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand
- Lady Wigram Trophy Winners - The Canterbury Car Club Archived 1 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
- "Wigram air traffic to end". The Press. 10 July 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
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