The Hampton Downs and Highlands GT Membership programme continues to thrive with a full membership at Highlands and limited space left at Hampton Downs. The membership caters to all car enthusiasts, from the beginner to those competing at the highest level. The GT Membership provides a safe, controlled environment for a diverse range of cars, drivers and experience.
Get started with a free introductory track experience
Contact us now to organise a FREE track experience and introduction to the Hampton Downs GT Membership. Our resident professional drivers will help you get the best out of your car while providing a short “one on one” introductory driver training session, which will give you the basic skills required to navigate the track safely. We will then let you get out on track for a controlled session on your own. From there we will head up to the GT Lounge where you can meet current members, have a bit of lunch and get a better understanding of the benefits of being a GT Member. You’ll be surprised how refreshingly simple we make it for you.
HERE’S A SUMMARY OF THE BENEFITS:
Your Membership at Hampton Downs gives you 80 sessions a year on circuit, which equates to approx a day a week. A session is a morning, afternoon or twilight block of time on track, mostly combined to give you a full track day.
Your membership gives you reciprocal rights at our sister circuit, Highlands – five days a year, which can be used almost at your discretion.
The Members Calendar is emailed at the beginning of every month – the calendar will include a three month summary of GT sessions… so members can plan and make time to enjoy the track.
We see plenty of car haulers here. Some are good, some are bad, and others downright terrible. But we’ve been seeing more and more Futura Low Loaders rolling in recently, it had us all in amazement. We were so impressed by Futura Trailers we now have them for sale here at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park. After all, it’s not every day you see a full race spec GT3 Porsche with very low ground clearance just drive on and off a trailer, at least not without massively long ramps and a whole lot of white knuckles from everyone involved.
The Low Loaders are the brainchild of Glen Reid, and are a totally original, and patented, design that has been seven years in the making. This unbelievably simple and functional Low Loader technology make loading an unloading trailers a pleasure.
The chassis’s are manufactured from anodised 6005 aluminum, and the design utilises aircraft engineering techniques including solid rivets which are cleverly hidden from view.
The design of the Aluminum decks also comprises the trailer chassis, with a tapered floor allowing a very generous approach angle for even the lowest vehicles. Interestingly, there is no Aluminium welding involved in the assembly of a Low Loader trailer. In the original design, Glen wanted to have the frame welded, but was talked out of this by an aircraft engineer who advised him against it. “Welding softens the area, making it prone to cracking around the weld. The material would have needed to be thicker in the welded area, adding weight and cost, and it would lose the anodizing.”
The decks are also designed so everything can be bolted on, from the chunky Aluminum drawbar, through to locally-manufactured ‘lifting arms’ — the secret to the Low Loaders’ effectiveness. The lifting arms contain inboard leaf springs, and have been very cleverly designed, so that they are interchangeable from left to right — this means that assembly plant only order in one style of lifting arm, and it will service each and every one of their trailers.
Deck design has also taken load security into consideration, with a new tiedown system, designed which includes a separate, ‘floating’ hook, as well as an additional double-loop tie, ensuring that the tie-down system will always be perfectly placed, and the vehicle will remain secured until the system is released.
Throughout the trailer, nothing is hollow — everything is solid. This means that when it is all bolted together, it’s bolted solid surface to solid surface — “We can torque everything up, and know it will stay torqued,” Glen explains.
Wiring is then installed, running along the channels pressed into the frame’s exterior rails, before the bolt-on covers are fitted. This gives an aesthetically pleasing appearance of a hollow extrusion, while keeping wiring hidden, free from contaminants, and easily accessible.
The wiring harness is treated with such importance it is because it comprises the central nervous system of the entire trailer. The electric winch system means the trailer can be raised and lowered without the need for a complex, heavy, and expensive hydraulic or airbag system. The 12V battery is connected to a trickle charger that runs off the tow vehicle’s tail-lights, ensuring the winch remains charged when in use, and a solar charger ensures charge when it’s not in use — perfect for those who may wish to permanently park a car on their Low Loader trailer.
A steel mounting plate is made up with a box to house the winch, battery, and electrics. While the trailer itself is almost entirely Aluminum, Galvanised steel has been used for the axles and areas that will be subject to load, for reasons that should be obvious.
The Low Loader is finished with stainless mudguards, and a fold-out laser-cut number plate bracket — a small detail, but something that speaks volumes about the attention to detail in the trailer’s design. With the variable deck-height, a conventional number plate mount couldn’t be used, leading Glen to design the current fold-out unit.
The Low Loader trailers are currently available in single-axle or tandem configuration, with options such as a stone guard, tyre rack, electric recovery winch, and a covered option is also in the works.
Futura Trailers have already begun fulfilling orders from the USA and now have several dealerships set up over there, and celebrities such as renewed car builder Chip Foose, Al Unser Jr and Keanu Reeves have purchased trailers. — If you’re in the market for a transporter trailer, you’ll struggle to match the Low Loader’s price point, quality, and functionality. The Low Loaders were recently on display at Indy 500 and Barrett Jackson Auctions in Connecticut, Futura aim to expand manufacturing to USA in the near future.
Locally in New Zealand, they’ve already begun to take off, gaining favour with race drivers, show car owners, and vehicle-oriented businesses.
For more information or to make an order call Mike Marsden phone 027 366 9445, or email email@example.com.
$11,995.00 INCL GST