Levin is set to host a day of events celebrating and remembering the area's motor racing glory days and its stars.
The Levin Motor Racing Tribute Day on Saturday will pay homage to prominent racing driver Bryan Faloon, unveil a Heritage Horowhenua plaque to honour Ron Frost and feature a motorkhana event.
Event organiser Bruce Batten said the main focus of the day was to pay tribute to Faloon and Frost, and it would be a big day of motorsport nostalgia.
"It's a day primarily to pay tribute to two people who were iconic motorsport figures in the township of Levin.
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"Those two guys really epitomised the sport in Levin."
A plaque will be added to the Horowhenua " walk of fame" in honour of Frost, the creative force behind the Levin racetrack that opened in 1956 as the first permanent car racing circuit in New Zealand.
He raced Cooper single-seaters through the 1950s before becoming one of the country's top motor racing promoters and administrators.
The 'walk of fame' plaque to Frost would be unveiled by his widow Suzy.
Batten said Frost played a huge role in making motor racing the draw card it was for Levin in the 50s, 60s and 70s.
"People from the lower half of the North Island would flock here for events.
"These were golden days for the town, and it was all down to the enterprise of this guy Ron Frost."
A second Levin motor racing icon, Faloon would also be remembered and honoured.
Saturday would mark the 50th anniversary of the Faloon's death in an accident during the New Zealand Grand Prix at Pukekohe in January 1972.
The fully-restored Ford Anglia 105E that he raced during the first three years of his career in the mid-1960s would also be on display.
The day will feature a motorkhana event where the old racetrack was, on the inside of the horse racing track.
It was closed down in 1976 and the track was ripped up, and today it was used to graze cattle, but a section would be mown for the event on Saturday.
Motorkhana was a skill-based event where cars negotiated a course and raced against the clock.
The motorkhana will be the first event in a series celebrating the 75th anniversary of a national motor racing body in New Zealand, which today is called Motorsport New Zealand.
There would also be a celebrity motorkhana featuring the likes of Graeme Lawrence, Brian Lawrence, Garry Pedersen and Andy Buchanan.
The celebrity event was also going to include motor racing legend Kenny Smith, but he was a late withdrawal after an accident at his Auckland home.
The event will be based at the Horowhenua Vintage Car Clubrooms and at the old racetrack on Mako Mako Rd.
Activities begin at 10.30am, with a $10 cash-only entry fee or a $15 family ticket that covers both venues.
All attendees would be required to show a vaccine pass.
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