• Anthony Leigh in his Ford GT40, winner of last year’s Hawkswood sprint

Young Gun – Tim Stanton

October 26th, 2018|Tags: , |

I had gone to see Tim to discuss the upcoming Hawkswood Festival of Speed Sealed Sprint. Tim has not only competed in this epic hillclimb since day one but has also had the pleasure of working on many of his clients’ cars that have competed, and in many cases have achieved the fastest times of [...]

Morgan Memories – 1969 Morgan 4/4 1600

October 26th, 2018|Tags: , , |

As a young married couple in the early 1970s, Lloyd and Jennifer planned an overseas holiday, with the idea of buying a car for a tour and bringing it back home. Being afflicted from a very early age with a virulent and incurable form of what Lloyd describes as ‘Mad Car Disease’, he drew up [...]

Royce Bayer’s ‘Bello’

October 26th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

In a ceremony that would be a match for even the most exotic and modern car launch, Royce, in front of family and invited friends, pulled the covers off a very special creation: his own hand-created ‘Bello’ single-seater racing car, one made in the mould of racers from the 1950s, a time when engines were [...]

Three Score and Ten for Iconic Off-Roader – 1953 Land Rover S1

October 26th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

As a young boy back in the UK during the 1960s, summer always saw the Walton family packing up their swimming togs for a fortnight’s summer holiday in North Wales. During the early half of the decade, a B&B in Harlech was the most usual destination but, as the 1960s swung further, we moved further [...]

  • Julia Jack, Mercury’s Chief Marketing Officer, poses with Evie

Evie Revisited – 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner

October 26th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Since we last met with Evie around six months ago, the argument for electrically powered cars has heated up considerably due to sky-rocketing petrol prices – a situation not aided by the introduction of a 10¢ per litre regional fuel tax for the Auckland area. But while Aucklanders may be having a whinge about that, [...]

Buon Cinquantesimo Compleanno Dino!

October 26th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Few cars have aged as gracefully as the exquisite Ferrari Dino, and it’s hard to believe that this iconic car celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. To celebrate that milestone we try out an immaculate and much-loved example. The Dino’s history has been well covered elsewhere, but a brief recap may be useful. It was [...]

The Kiwi and The Raging Bull – 1988 Countess Countach Replica

October 26th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Hands up all those baby boomers who had one of those ‘Body by Lamborghini. High fidelity by Alpine’ Countach posters on their bedroom walls – quite probably the most popular ‘pin-up’ amongst adolescent boys during that period; with the possible exceptions being the one with Farrah Fawcett posing in little more than a skimpy red [...]

  • 1950 Morris Cowley 1/2 ton van

Tripping: The Light Vantastic – The Cass Files

October 25th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

These proved to be another good money-spinning sector for the British motor industry, with most of the major manufacturers and several smaller companies producing vehicles of this type. The load-carrying capacity of these small vans began at a quarter-ton or five cwt (250kg in today’s terms), and was slowly increased to six-, then seven and [...]

  • Louvres and spokes – the exquisite style of Ettore Bugatti

French Blue

October 25th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

After the brief mention of Thomas Pitt Cholmondeley-Tapper in the last issue of NZ Classic Driver I was astounded to receive a message from Andy Datlen at Auto Restorations in Christchurch: “We have the Bugatti here, do you want to have a look at it?” So, on a late September Saturday morning, I squeezed into [...]

Young Gun – Nick Young’s TVR Chimaera

September 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Nick Young and his TVR are quite the exception to this statement. Having owned some interesting classic cars and motorbikes over the years, Nick knew what he didn’t want when it came to purchasing a new toy, but the finer details of what he really wanted were only evident when he set his eyes on [...]