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A film about Ken Smith and what he's achieved in 60 years of motor racing.
A film about Ken Smith and what he's achieved in 60 years of motor racing.
28 backers pledged NZ$ 10,968 to help bring this project to life.

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Kenny Smith, 60 years at the Wheel

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There’s no one else like Kenny Smith and the 2017-2018 season is his 60th season of motor racing. We will mark this unequalled career with a Feature length Documentary telling his story.  

At 75 (76 this year) Ken is showing no sign of giving up his lifetime passion for going fast. This year he will continue to race his formidable Formula 5000, in a class where he’s still arguably the fastest.

In July 2017 Ken has also been invited to the Goodwood Festival of Speed to drive an historic Formula One car, an event Ken says he’s wanted to do for years. We need your help to get there to film him at this event.

The real backbone of this documentary is the story of a guy who’s raced through 5 generations of motorsport. In the 1960s he raced with the likes of Chris Amon, Jim Clark, Bruce McLaren, Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart. Jump forward three decades Ken was winning in the 1990s in Formula Pacific/Atlantic against a new generation of racers like Greg Murphy, Paul Radisich and Craig Baird. 

This year he wants to race against the next crop of young racers in the Toyota Racing Series for the NZ Grand Prix. He’s won the NZGP in 1976, 1990 and 2004 - will the organizers let him have a chance to run the NZGP in 2018?.

Through his career Ken has helped young racers and in this film we’ll discover the generosity Ken has when it comes to showing new guys the ropes. At the moment Ken is helping 15 year old Formula Ford champion Liam Lawson into Australian Formula 4 and Tom Alexander in a V8Supertourer. 

 This year, two past prodigies have invited Ken to ‘check out what they’re up to’ with an invitation to 24hr of LeMans by current World Endurance Champion Brendon Hartley (Porsche 919) and Indycar racer Scott Dixon (FORD GT). With your support we'll be there to film Ken at LeMans.

Risks and challenges

As a film maker I have the skills and the gear to be able to get this project made. I've worked in the industry for years and made documentaries before, including following the band Opshop over 4 years (Opshop, Secondhand Planet, TV3 Documentary). These stories take a lot of work and passion. I've got that passion and will make this project happen.

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    Tickets to the Film Premiere

    2 Tickets to the Premiere Screening you’ll be in the first audience in the world to see the documentary with an invitation for two to an exclusive private screening in Auckland. There will be a short Q&A afterward. Travel to Auckland not included.

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    Associate producer

    Receive an 'Associate Producer' credit, a digital download and an invitation to the private premiere screening PLUS we'll share early cuts of the film with you for your feedback.

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    Pledge NZ$ 2,500 or more About $1,718

    Associate producer PLUS

    Receive all the 'Associate Producer' deliverables and 10 tickets to the premiere of the film. Ideal for a business looking to entertain clients. (The Premiere will be in Auckland NZ, you'll need to find your own way there).

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    Production Partner

    Production Partner - You or your company will receive an 'In Association With' credit in the film's opening (and logo), also a 'Producer' or similar credit in the end of the film. Your logo will also appear on social media videos leading up to the film release. (We will be posting video content every month for the next 12 months. (Contact us for social media stats on this)

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    Pledge NZ$ 8,000 or more About $5,497

    Production Partner Plus

    All of the Production Partner deliverables AND an afternoon with Ken Smith including a Hot Lap experience for 3 at Hampton Downs with Ken at the wheel (travel to Hampton Downs not included).

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