About Possum

Possum (Peter) Bourne was one of New Zealand’s best known rally drivers. Based in the Meremere and Pukekohe areas for all of his life, he was an important member of the community.  Possum started rallying with the likes of Neil Allport, Brian Watkin and Max Irwin, in a V8 powered Ford Cortina. He competed in his first International rally in 1981 in an ex Rod Millen Mazda RX3.

Possum developed a special relationship with Subaru in 1982 that spaned the rest of his rallying carer. This came about through local Subaru dealer Don Thompson.  He went on to become New Zealand rally champion in 1991 with the late Dr Roger Freeth beside him in the co-drivers seat.

Possum competed in the Asia Pacific Championship for the Subaru World Rally Team run by English company Prodrive with the late Colin McRae and Richard Burns. He won the championship in 1993 and 1994 with Prodrive and as a privateer in 2000.

Possum’s hard work and sportsmanship was recognised in both New Zealand and overseas when he was awarded the prestigious Rally Founders trophy from Motorsport New Zealand a record 4 times, in 1991, 1994, 1998 and 2001. He was always one to compete fairly and assist other competitors in any way he could. A true ambassador for New Zealand Motorsport.

Possum was a force to be reckoned with in the Australian rally championship winning 7 championships consecutively, the first in 1996.

He opened his own workshop in Pukekohe, Possum Bourne Motorsport. His professional team were based from there building and maintaining Possums cars and cars for others both in NZ and off shore.

Tragically Possum was killed in a car accident while preparing to compete in one of his favourite events the Race to the Sky in Cardrona, in 2003.