Air Force Museum of New Zealand communications manager David King said it was great to recreate an important part of Christchurch's history.
"Wigram became a fantastic race circuit, it was a runaway success right from the start. There were 30,000 people, they estimated at the very first race, and then that race grew to become the Lady Wigram Trophy a few years later, and it was cemented into Christchurch motorsport history".
Helping to relive memories of the glory days were examples of the old and the new.
A 1970s Leda LT27 Formula 5000 race car and a modern FT-60 Grand Prix single-seater which will be competing this weekend at the SuperSprint Motorsport NZ Championship series.
"The Formula 5,000 car actually won here at Wigram back then. So it's just wonderful to have a car of that pedigree back here on the tarmac to have a run."
"They talk about it being just really exciting. You were very close to the cars."
King said motorsport history was a big part of the Air Force Museum, which attracts 170,000 visitors a year.
The famous Lady Wigram Trophy is set to be awarded on Sunday afternoon, for the first time since 2018. It'll go to the winner of this weekend's finale trophy race at the Super Sprint championship round in Ruapuna.
- By Geoff Sloan