About Ray

 

“Ray has a personality that matches his driving style !” 

Ray is proud to have been declared one of New Zealand’s “Legends of Speed” – a group of motorsport heroes, both competitors and those who have given invaluable support to New Zealand motorsport.    They are honoured at various race meetings and each race series has a Legend of Speed name attached, and a corresponding trophy.

Ray first competed in Bridgestone Porsche Series in 1988, entering and winning his first round only three days after purchasing his Porsche 930 Turbo “The Ivory Beast”

Ray won the overall Championship (and Class A) in 1990 and was rewarded with a trip to England to compete in some Porsche races. This was an enjoyable and successful trip and included winning the Inaugural Bill Taylor Memorial Trophy Race, in Oulton Park, driving a 911 S.

Over the following years Ray continued to compete with his Ivory Turbo – a car that was becoming handicapped by the weight it was required to carry to comply with the Series power to weight ratio rules. It was not unusual, during those years, to see 66 kilos of tractor weights bolted to the passenger seat area floor!

In later years Ray purchased a second 930 Turbo – a silver 1982 car known as the “Peace Car” (named after previous owner Brian Peace). By this time Cup Cars were competing within the Series resulting in 930 Turbos moving down a class to compete in Class B. Ray won the Class B Trophy in 1997 with the “Peace Car” and then won his second Bridgestone-Porsche overall Championship in 1998.

In the 1999 and 2000 Series, Ray competed in “The Black” a 911 RSR spec 3.2 litre black Porsche. A very light and nimble car, it lapped tracks in times not far behind those of the Ivory Beast. As part of the Super Cup class, above Class A, and outside of any rules, “The Black” competed against The Lighting Direct Team cars, Cup Cars on slicks and other cars that did not comply with class rules. Ray is proud to have won the Bridgestone-Porsche Super Cup Championship with The Black in the 2000-2001 Series.

Throughout these years of racing Porsches competitively, and his New Zealand Land Speed Record Achievements, Ray is proud to have been supported and sponsored by CRC and Pit Stop.

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