11.8 C
Mount Panorama
Thursday, May 30, 2024
HomeNewsSupercars kingpin opens up in rare interview

Supercars kingpin opens up in rare interview

BARCLAY Nettlefold is known as the centrepiece of Supercars ownership consortium RACE, and as a powerful businessman in the advertising/media sector.

But little more about the man has been made public since orchestrating the buyout of Archer Capital and Supercars teams’ stakes in late 2021.

That is, until completing a half-hour feature interview with The Rock’s Not For Radio podcast in the lead-up to this weekend’s ITM Taupō Super400.

Suddenly, there is a slightly clearer picture of who exactly Nettlefold is.

“Sport is in my blood,” he said.

“My father was three-times Australian high diving champion, my mother was vice-captain of the Australian hockey team, my brother played footy – AFL – for St Kilda and Fitzroy, and I was a yachtsman.

“That was my main sport. I won a few Australian titles when I was young. I then was reserve for the Olympics in ’87 into ’88 into Korea, I went to pre-Olympic Games, and I represented my country about 11 times in world titles.”

In addition to playing top-level Aussie rules, Nettlefold’s older brother Michael was for a time CEO of the St Kilda Football Club. Barclay meanwhile had a short tenure as Swimming Australia president.

It was through his TGI Sport – the banner which leading Australian agency TLA has slotted in under as of this month – business that Supercars eventually became on his radar.

“I was never into car racing at all,” the younger Nettlefold brother confessed.

“But being into sport, I could see where the values are strategically.”

Nettlefold revealed his personal car collection includes a Maserati, Corvette and his favourite: a Ferrari 458.

He’s declared a wish to see a New Zealand Supercars double-header become a reality in future.

Supercars’ Taupō debut takes place this Friday to Sunday.

Want to read more?

Subscribe to V8 Sleuth to receive regular updates of news and products delivered straight to you.



Latest News

Want to read more?

Subscribe to V8 Sleuth to receive regular updates of news and products delivered straight to you.