Mitch Evans Heritage

Owen's father (Laurie) had a passion for motorsport and passed it on to his son who went on to chalk up a number of achievements in motorsport. He set and still holds the New Zealand land speed record (349kph) and competed in the prestigious Le Mans 24 hour race in 1996. Therefore, it's perhaps no surprise that Mitch and his older brother Simon have continued the family tradition in the sport.

Mitch's ancestry on his mother's side is a fascinating mix. His maternal great, great grandfather Anaru Kleskovic was originally from Dubrovnik in Croatia. He immigrated to New Zealand in the late 1800s and moved to the far North where he worked in the Gum-fields.[1] It was there where he met and married a Maori princess called Erina Kaka whose father Hohepa was a well respected Chief of the Aupouri Tribe.

Anaru and Kaka's eldest child was Raiha (Lizzie) who is Mitch's great grandmother. She married a Welshman named Andrew Jones and had an incredible 17 children! The eighth is Mitch's grandmother Aneta (Netta). She married John Hodgson who was born in New Zealand but by English parents. Mitch has many relatives through his mother Tracee including former international Rugby League player for New Zealand Stacy Jones.

Owen and Tracee run a very successful panel beating business in Auckland where they live with their three children Simon, Laura and Mitch.

[1] Many Croatians immigrated to New Zealand in the 19th Century to dig for Kauri Gum on the country's North Island. Kauri Gum was formed when the sap from the kauri tree leaked out thrh cracks in the bark and hardened when exposed to air. It was a valuable resource as it was used commercially in varnish. In fact Kauri Gum was Auckland's main export in the second the half of the 19th Century.