When Pete Robinson’s father took him to the local speedway in New Zealand on a Saturday night, little did he realise that the aroma of Castrol R in the summer breeze would seep so deep into his veins it would still ignite a passion for the sport some 40 years later that would lead to Peter conceiving what’s now the fastest growing motorsport category in Australia.
Back in the day Pete also watched Jim Richards, Rod Coppins and Allan Moffat race at Bay Park Raceway in their Trans Am cars, he entered the sport initially by fabricating trailers on weekends for speedway cars during the late 70’s and crewing at local speedway events.
After finishing his apprenticeship and trying to carve out a living as a boilermaker, Pete and his wife Moana decided to move to Australia in 1986 and have a serious dig in the land of opportunity - and in 1994 started their own business servicing hydraulic equipment and drill rigs for the mining industry.
Motor sport was put on hold for the next 25 years with the only fix being an all-day lounge in front of the telly every October for the Great Race to cheer on race hero Dick Johnson.
At age 55 with the business now running without his daily input, the addictive blend of Castrol R was still circulating deep in his senses, so in 2013 Pete purchased an Oz Truck and raced for 3 years with the now TA2 Tech Guru Cam Sendall as his crew chief. After showing some potential