The New Zeland Grand Prix has been going for 66 years and New Zealand motorsport legend Kenny Smith has been involved in 49 of them.
The 79-year-old has won the event of three occasions (1976, 1990, 2004) and has no intentions in slowing down as he's entered into the star-studded field at Hampton Downs where he's going for his fourth title.
When Smith crosses the start line for his 50th appearance this weekend, he will set a world record for a globally sanctioned event and Smith has plans to extend that record.
"Here's to another ten years," Smith says. "If I can get in and out of a car or someone to put me in and drag me out again, I'll be here."
The motorsport legend still has the drive and passion for the sport even when things aren't going well.
"It's great, but you do have moments where you think what the hell am I doing this for when things are going wrong," he says. "But you jump back into the car and once you're out there you're loving it."
Smith has the respect and admiration of fallow drivers who struggle fathom that he's still getting in and out of the car.
"It's pretty extraordinary to have Kenny here," Andre Heimgartner says. "You have to wrap your mind around it, 50 Grand Prix and most of them consecutive."
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