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.
- Arthur Hughes (thoroughbred racing and rugby)
- Alex McGregor-Grant (racing)
- Allan Brown (Racing Editor, New Zealand Herald)
- Aubin Heard (golf)
- Bill Mackie (racing)
- Bob Wynyard (golf/racing)
- Dave Bradford (racing)
- Gordon Dryden (rugby league and TV commentator)
- John Sparling (test cricket)
- John Flett (bowls)
- Jeff Robson (tennis)
- Jim Davern (yachting)
- Ken Armstrong (international soccer)
- Merv Corner (rugby/harness racing)
- Murray Halberg (Olympic track gold medalist)
- Noel Holmes (newspaper columnist)
- Peter Snell (Olympic track gold medalist and world record holder)
- Reg Clapp (trotting commentator)
- Sir William Stevenson (racing)
- Wilson Whineray (former All Black captain)