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Old 19 Apr 2012, 22:23 (Ref:3062326)   #31
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I wonder if this is a knee-jerk reaction to criticism of TMC as the "new" company - Motorsport Promotions Limited - hasn't even been formed yet. It bears an uncanny name resemblance to NZ Motorsport Promotions Limited owned Martin Fine, Robbo and others.
Seems to me to be a re-packaging of the same old thing - TMC directors transfer to the new entity, the shareholders of TMC apparently transfer to the new entity and all the issues of principle between TMC and MSNZ remain.
As my granddad use to say "even if you put lipstick on a pig, it is still a pig".
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Old 19 Apr 2012, 22:29 (Ref:3062333)   #32
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Just picked up on this news release.



There will be a new approach to the promotion of premier race meetings in 2012. A new name – MotorSport Promotions Limited – a new board and some new faces will complement a raft of other changes for premier classes in the next Championship season.

MotorSport New Zealand has announced a new six-member board as part of a plan to revitalise the promotion of the premier race season in 2012. The appointments supplement existing board members Bill Brown, representing circuit interests, Auckland businessman Shane McKillen and CEO Martin Fine.

Stepping up to lead the charge are Toyota New Zealand’s general manager of finance John Fowke, South Island businessman and motorsport identity Ian (Inky) Tulloch and David Dovey, current president of the IRC, the independent race class series which has supported both the premier series and Toyota International Series this year. Additional specialist appointments are also expected to be made.

“The move to widen the board is a conscious effort to include more stakeholders in the business of promoting the premier end of the sport,” MotorSport President Shayne Harris said in announcing the appointments. “Having the support of key stakeholders like the Toyota Racing Series and NZV8 Championship sends a clear signal to competitors and sponsors alike that the promotions company remains a vital link in creating a real place to showcase the sport at its most competitive level.”

“Careers are made from winning New Zealand Championships and New Zealand is fortunate to have some of the best trophies in its trophy cabinet, including the GP title and the coveted Gold Stars,” he said.

The appointment of the IRC coordinator means closer ties to many of the other promotable and growing categories. “There is a lot of synergy between our respective series,” said Dovey. “This tie-up will help the company offer IRC classes an opportunity to step up to the main game, while supplying additional classes at some championship meetings. It also gives us access to promotional expertise at some of our meetings,” he said.

A new role of marketing manager for the V8 category has also been created, with long-time motorsport marketing guru Brian Lawrence joining the team from Australia.

“This restructure gives us a good opportunity to evaluate our business, access some new talent and harness some new technology,” said Fine. “Motorsport isn’t just about cars racing on circuits; people want to be entertained both on and off track. The opportunity to fill our programmes with a great cross-section of motorsport will satisfy the needs of the true petrolhead, but at the same time we will be offering great entertainment for families in the areas around New Zealand where our shareholding circuits are operating,” he said.

Further announcements are expected following the first board meeting later this month.



Will be very interesting to see how it all comes out in th future, obviously the powers that be had also worked out that TMC as it was structured and as how we all knew it had passed it's used by date.
Very interesting indeed! Bit of a pity to see any of the old people retained but good to see John Fowke and David Dovey - the IRC's inclusion could definitely be seen as a bit of an olive branch, couldn't it...
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Old 19 Apr 2012, 23:25 (Ref:3062364)   #33
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the IRC's inclusion could definitely be seen as a bit of an olive branch, couldn't it...
we can only hope
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Old 20 Apr 2012, 03:35 (Ref:3062419)   #34
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While you must applaud these guys for getting onto MPL and good luck in a vote by the way, why would Toyota and IRC get involved in a series and even a sport that has already thrown sand in their face by putting all their energy, time and license holder money into NZV8 and removing their focus off administering and promoting the sport as a whole.
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Old 20 Apr 2012, 04:15 (Ref:3062429)   #35
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The new (old) marketting manager will fit right in. Shake hands and count your fingers afterwards...

Is this 'new' entity a way of not opening the books to shareholders?

I guess Toyota are getting involved because they are very short of options.
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Old 20 Apr 2012, 04:31 (Ref:3062432)   #36
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The new (old) marketting manager will fit right in. Shake hands and count your fingers afterwards...

Is this 'new' entity a way of not opening the books to shareholders?

I guess Toyota are getting involved because they are very short of options.
Yeah, I guess if they really were serious about reforming and transforming the administration and marketing they would have had a clean sweep of all of the incumbents, especially those of seemingly dodgy character that may have been mentioned in the past!!

You would hope that the introduction of new blood might help but until the likes of Rain Man depart the sport will probably not benefit...
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Old 20 Apr 2012, 05:18 (Ref:3062436)   #37
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Is this 'new' entity a way of not opening the books to shareholders?
A cynic could say that. If you didn't want an investigation into the affairs of the old entity you just bury it and repackage things into a new entity ......
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Old 20 Apr 2012, 05:52 (Ref:3062445)   #38
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I think most of you are pretty on to it (pun intended).

The whole thing looks like "smoke and mirrors" to me. I don't know the new guys getting involved; I wish them all the best and hope they can affect change, but the other snake-oil salesmen are still there. That's a problem!
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Old 20 Apr 2012, 07:15 (Ref:3062468)   #39
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A cynic could say that. If you didn't want an investigation into the affairs of the old entity you just bury it and repackage things into a new entity ......
Some say a cynic is an informed realistic in a clean raincoat

Nah, you're right I am being cynical.
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I'm encouraged to see Toyota getting a place on the board. I think they're 8 years into a 10 year contract to support the TRS, so possibly they're thinking to the future and looking to renew/extend the deal. For me the TRS was the standout class of the summer and I'd like to see its future gauranteed beyond 2014. As for the IRC joining, (doesn't the 'I' stand for Independant) they've been putting on some good racing with interesting cars, so why jeopardize that? Although, the next gen. NZV8s chassis' that have been built could find a home amongst the IRC classes.
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Old 20 Apr 2012, 21:15 (Ref:3062822)   #41
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Poor Brian Laurence, does he know what hes got into here and does MPL realise that there isnt a V8SC team he hasnt worked for!
I know he's worked at DJR & SBR, what others ?

His main history in NZ was when he worked for Global Sports running the Peter Jackson International Motor Racing Series and hasnt done much since he lost his job when Global Sports went under. Dont think any of this was related to MNZ though ?

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Old 21 Apr 2012, 06:39 (Ref:3062947)   #42
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Stepping up to lead the charge are Toyota New Zealand’s general manager of finance John Fowke, South Island businessman and motorsport identity Ian (Inky) Tulloch and David Dovey, current president of the IRC, the independent race class series which has supported both the premier series and Toyota International Series this year.
It is good to see some good category & independant race event representation coming in to help balance the NZV8 promotion monopoly. Hope they are given sufficient voices to help steer the 'new company' forward otherwise it will definitely end up being just a 'smoke & mirrors' move to try & fool everyone
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Old 22 Apr 2012, 10:29 (Ref:3063557)   #43
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It is good to see some good category & independant race event representation coming in to help balance the NZV8 promotion monopoly. Hope they are given sufficient voices to help steer the 'new company' forward otherwise it will definitely end up being just a 'smoke & mirrors' move to try & fool everyone
Well, we can only hope....
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Just seen this in the Herald - perhaps there is no hope then - but the issue at least is out in public at last.

Makes me laugh when Revhead talks about self-interested people wanting to line their pockets, and he is talking about the ST people when he should be talking about MNZ and TMC! But maybe that's a bit close to the bone for him...
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not sure if you can take Paul Lewis seriously as a journalist if he's getting his info from this thread. then again.. it's not the first time a herald scribe has "borrowed stories" from a forum lol
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