John Weekes

John Weekes is an NZME. News Service reporter based in Wellington.

Driver dies after crash at vintage event

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A driver is dead after a fatal crash at Hampton Downs during a vintage car event today.

At about 1:20pm, firefighters from Mercer and Te Kauwhata were sent to the racetrack 68km south of Auckland after a person was trapped in a car following a serious crash.

Hampton Downs was hosting the Roycroft Vintage Festival, an event for vintage sports cars.

Entry was mostly limited to Vintage Car Club members with pre-1960 vehicles, a Historic Racing Licence, and drivers were required to have helmets and adequate race clothing.

Police and other emergency services were still at the crash scene at 3:30pm and the rest of today's racing has been cancelled as the area is cordoned off for a Serious Crash Unit investigation.

A rescue helicopter also flew to Hampton Downs. Senior Sergeant Pete van de Wetering said next of kin were yet to be notified of the accident.

- Herald on Sunday

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