Seventy Years of Lotus Cars (Part One)

June 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In 1947, Colin Chapman’s secondhand car business failed, a direct consequence of the UK’s post-war economic crisis. Only 19 at the time, all that Chapman was left with was a tired old Austin 7. Not one to sit by and watch the world pass him by, the teenager teamed up with two mates – Colin [...]

Air-Cooled Classic

June 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Tainted by Ralph Nader’s infamous book, Unsafe at Any Speed, the rear-engined, air-cooled Corvair is today regarded as a bona fide US classic – with top of the line Corsa and sporty Monza versions highly sought-after by ‘in-the-know’ enthusiasts. Allan takes a freshly restored Corvair for a drive to see if Nader was right Readers [...]

Handsome Healey

June 24th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

John acquired his Austin-Healey just over a year ago. It was a car that he’d always wanted to own and when he spotted it for sale on TradeMe, he knew this one was for him as he’d always had a soft spot for the 100, the very first Austin-Healey. “I have always admired the 100’s [...]

Quicksilver Messenger

April 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Since I began writing about classic cars around 26-years ago, I’ve driven a huge range of classic and soon-to-be-classic cars – everything from a vintage Cadillac to an Aston Martin DBS; a Morris Minor to a Ford Galaxie and even a few single-seaters and historic sports racing cars. However, when I look back at all [...]

Auckland Brit & Euro Classic Car Show 5th March 2017

March 6th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Galaxy of Cars 2017

March 5th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Victorious – Vauxhall

February 22nd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Vauxhall unveiled the very first Victor in 1957 – looking rather like a scaled-down 1950s Chevrolet, the Victor F was intended to bring a touch of US glamour to the cobbled streets of the UK. Unlike the V8-powered Stateside cruisers the Victor was modelled upon, the new Vauxhall had to make do with a [...]

Looking Ahead to This Weekend’s NZ Festival of Motor Racing

January 18th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Kiwi leg of this season’s Tasman Revival series kicked off at Hampton Downs last weekend – with the next opportunity to catch a taste of F5000 thunder being this coming weekend’s NZ Festival of Motor Racing celebrating Ken Smith. Now aged 75, Smith is the defending SAS Autoparts MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup [...]

1953 Jaguar XK120 SE & 1967 Jaguar E-Type

December 14th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , |

Roger Munns’ passion for Jaguars, and more specifically the XK120, began when he spotted famed Kiwi crime writer, Dame Ngaio Marsh, driving down Oxford Street in Christchurch at the wheel of her black XK120 fixed head coupé, coincidentally driving right past Archibald Motors’ Jaguar dealership. Only 13 at the time, Roger thought: “What a [...]

1957 Chevrolet Nomad & 1956 Airstream Bubble

December 14th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Over the past decade, there’s been a huge boom in the sale of caravans and motorhomes as more and more baby boomers pass the 65-year age barrier. Adding to this phenomenon is ever-increasing number of people in their mid-50s who are either opting for early retirement or planning to slow down on their work [...]