Sammy Swindell is one of the most recognisable names in American motorsport.
In almost half a century behind the wheel, the 58-year-old from Tennessee has raced anything and everything he could get his hands on, and usually won.
Even today, as old as most of his opponents fathers, he remains at the top of his game, a fiercely competitive Sprintcar driver.
Swindell touched down in Auckland this week alongside fellow American superstar Donny Schatz, 36, to challenge the locals at WXC Speedway - Western Springs, beginning tonight.
"I've been to New Zealand to race before and to watch my son Kevin race a Midget so I know what to expect," said Swindell, who has also raced NASCAR and Champ Car.
"All I can do is my best. I know the guys down here have done a great job getting the car up to speed so I'm looking forward to climbing in."
Schatz is not one to be overawed either, having won the infamous World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprintcar series on five occasions. He is also a four-time Knoxville Nationals winner, largely considered the most important annual Sprintcar race on the planet.
In 2013, Schatz has won a career-best 22 WoO features and arrives in New Zealand with all intentions to continue that red-hot form.
"Winning features is why we turn up to race, so in that regard it's been a great year for me," said Schatz, who drives for NASCAR's Tony Stewart Racing.
"Hopefully I can keep the train going here in New Zealand and maybe thrill the crowd a bit on the way."
Both drivers have been to New Zealand before and, for the most part, dominated proceedings.
"I really enjoy coming down here, and especially to Western Springs. The crowd and the atmosphere you guys get is incredible compared to the shows we run in the States," said North Dakota's Schatz.
The final American on the grid this Saturday night is Californian Jonathan Allard.
A regular frontrunner at WXC Speedway - Western Springs, Allard has been racing full seasons in New Zealand for a number of years now, and is considering moving here permanently.
"This is a great place to race Sprintcars, but also I just love it down here," he said.
A former New Zealand Sprintcar Champion, Allard would love nothing more than to beat his countrymen on his adopted turf.
Saturday night's event will also include Midgets, TQs, and Quarter Midgets. Gates open at 4:00pm with racing at 6:15pm.'
Nine international midget drivers Auckland-bound
Nine of the best midget drivers on the planet will touch down in Auckland later this year to compete in the four New Zealand rounds of the 2013/14 POWRI World Midget Series at WXC Speedway - Western Springs.
Returning Americans Jerry Coons Jr, Darren Hagen and Bryan Clauson will be joined on the plane by newcomers to our shores Rico Abreu and Christopher Bell.
Abreu has been a regular frontrunner in the USAC National Midget Series this year, piloting his Keith Kunz factory car to four impressive feature wins; including taking out a preliminary night at the USAC/POWRI Gold Crown Midget Nationals earlier this month.
Another Kunz product, Bell is considered one of the hottest prospects coming through the midget class of this generation. He is a frequent top qualifier and won the prestigious Belleville Midget Nationals as well as Indiana Speedweek in 2013.
With these two rising stars arriving alongside USAC Triple Crown winner Coons Jr, USAC National Midget Series Champion Hagen and Indy Car driver Bryan Clauson, the Americans will be firm favourites to dominate the podium positions in Auckland.
POWRI Australian Midget Car Champion Nathan Smee will headline the four Australians crossing the ditch for the four events.
He will be joined by midget veteran Adam Clarke, who currently holds four Australian State Championships; multiple feature winner in the USA Matt Smith; and Sydney Speedway Track Champion Matthew Jackson.
With these international additions, speedway fans can expect to see upwards of 50 midgets racing on any one night throughout December and the New Year at WXC Speedway - Western Springs.
For more information, including the full race schedule, visit www.springsspeedway.com.