The Carbine Club of New Zealand was formed in 1971 – as a direct result of prominent Auckland sporting and racing personalities attending functions at the inaugural Carbine Club in Melbourne.

The three key New Zealand instigators, Dave Bradford; Bob Wynyard; and Arthur Hughes, had strong support from Dr Alex McGregor-Grant, who was already an honorary member of the Melbourne Club.

The preliminary meeting of the three founders was held at Auckland’s Intercontinental Hotel on March 12, 1971, and a follow-up meeting was held at Logan Park Motor Hotel on Friday, May 28.