Hello, it all started for me some time back as a motor mechanic fixing and servicing customers' cars and trucks. As an apprentice I would deliver graders and earthmoving equipment around the country as it was the only way to move heavy equipment of that type back then. With a love for American cars from early on, after my apprenticeship I opened a workshop in Stoddard Rd to service customers' vehicles, and with an interest in boat racing I began importing parts and engines from the USA.
After racing a hydroplane sponsored by Air New Zealand, a flat bottom K boat called Old Crow after the bourbon plus boats like Special Edition which I imported then fitted the first supercharged methanol engine of its type in the sport. These were all record setting boats here in New Zealand and Australia.
My father William Donald McGregor had an engineering furnace building company that expanded into heat treating, requiring the business to relocate. From here Heat Treatments Ltd was established. At this point I came on board to join my brother, John, to help build Heat Treatments to the level it is today, and into the future with the help of my sons.
At this point my sons Kevin & Reece, who had always crewed on the boats from an early age, showed a large interest in racing and car modifications. They started to play around with different cars and combinations, so different that one son loved V8s and the other Japanese breeds.
This has given us the best of both worlds as Kevin and Reece support each other and team together to get the result under my leadership at the track and in our company.
I enjoy the drag racing and engine building as it’s a large part of my life when I am not directing our family company.
We are here to help the sport of Drag Racing in New Zealand grow.