Ian "Inky" Tulloch, the racing identity and a former mayor of Gore, has been seriously injured in a motor racing crash at Teretonga Park near Invercargill.
The 65-year-old is reported to be in a critical condition in Southland Hospital, after an accident during a Clubmans Saloon car race.
His Honda Integra hit a tyre wall, the race was stopped, and Tulloch was air-transported to the hospital, Fairfax NZ reported.
Tulloch's extensive CV includes being a member of and leading organisations such as the Gore District Health Committee and Rugby Southland. He has won a number of New Zealand and Australian motor racing titles.
In combination with John McIntyre of Nelson, Tulloch - a Southland businessman - won the three-hour New Zealand Endurance title at Hampton Downs last week.