Manfeild Park Trust Board was formed in October 2004, and today manages the 80 hectares known as Manfeild. The Trust’s formation is the result of the three main stakeholders at the time – Manawatu District Council (major park area, horse racing track), Feilding Industrial Agricultural and Pastoral Association (pit area and stock buildings) and the Manawatu Car Club (Manfeild circuit and garages) – agreeing to vest their property and interests. This was viewed as a natural partnership enabling more effective management of the combined facilities of national and international standing on behalf of those settlors and the Manawatu community. The Trust and facility reflect the importance of agri-business in the Manawatu region and, in turn, the region’s contribution as a national centre of excellence. Manfeild stadium was opened in 2007 and is a landmark single-span building. The renaming of the 3km international race circuit to Circuit Chris Amon, after the kiwi racing legend Chris Amon took place in November 2016. The design of this superfast layout was overseen by famous Ferrari-associated racer Chris Amon, who grew up locally. The banked corners are a unique feature for a NZ motor-racing circuit and a particular reflection of Amon’s input; he had experienced – and enjoyed – similar gradients on some of Europe’s most historic tracks. The seven cambered corners that make up the ‘Circuit’ are a brilliant testing ground for any driver. With five realistic passing opportunities, along with Manfeild being the longest motor racing course with uninterrupted views in the Southern Hemisphere; spectators are treated to some great action. Manfeild is the proud host of the New Zealand Grand Prix, and has been from 1992-1995 and from 2008 onwards. This pinnacle motorsport event takes place every February and is a great event for the entire family to watch up and coming drivers. Manfeild is also home to Central Districts Field Days which takes place every March.
More info: www.manfeild.co.nz