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 [...]

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 [...]

Our Fastest MG

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

Once upon a time people raced cars for pleasure, the adrenaline rush and comradeship. Winning was a bonus. And those who didn’t win, raced for the satisfaction of doing their best and, hopefully, finishing. As we discovered when we visited New Zealand’s fastest MG, that attitude is still alive and well in this modern age [...]

  • Huge American La France chain-driven speedster started life as a fire engine

30th Art Deco Festival – Simply the Best!

April 24th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Period cars have been a feature of the festival from the beginning, and the Hawkes Bay Vintage Car Club team that organises the cars for the parades gathered together 30 of the best pre-War cars in New Zealand for this year’s festival, under the by-line of ‘Simply the Best’. The first Art Deco Festival involved [...]

Marlene’s V16

December 14th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Born in Berlin in December 1901, Dietrich was already an acclaimed film star when she emigrated to America in 1930 with a Paramount Pictures contract in her handbag. She went straight to Hollywood and into the big time, with leading-lady roles in the hit movies Morocco, Dishonored, Shanghai Express, The Scarlet Express and The Devil [...]

Oldest Car

December 14th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

One of only two known 1895 Velos still existing, this car has been in New Zealand since 1900. It was bought by Mr Nicholas Oates of Christchurch, who was obviously wealthy and forward-thinking, and who travelled to England expressly to investigate the suitability of the new-fangled motor car for use in New Zealand. At the [...]

1973 Triumph GT6 MkIII – Affordable Alternative

October 15th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

As past owners of two Jaguar E-Types and current owners of a 1973 GT6 Mk III, Mike and Heather Greensill are well placed to answer the question. Back in the early 1980s they travelled via America to England, where they lived for three years. They soon found jobs in England; Heather talked her way into [...]

Chevrolet Corvette C1 and C3

August 17th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

The 1962 Chevrolet Corvette was the last of its line, the last iteration of the first model of Corvette that started life in 1953. Nine years later there wasn’t a lot left of the original, apart from the lovely wraparound windscreen and a body made of fibreglass. The asthmatic old ‘Blue Flame’ overhead-valve straight-six had [...]

1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupé

August 16th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Steve Trott’s classic-car history is a little out of the ordinary, to say the least. For a start, he only has soft-tops. They’re always pre-war and currently have badges that say Packard, Auburn and Cadillac. A rare 1950 ‘bullet-nose’ Studebaker convertible was a rare departure. His 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupé has been superbly [...]

  • Sporting Datsun 180B SSS

Datsun Nice Family

June 25th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

Calving, mating, haymaking, drying off the cows for winter – their lives are regulated by the seasons. At times there’s no opportunity for distractions, but the pressure comes off every so often, especially for a few winter months when the cows have their between-seasons holiday. While there’s always farm work to do, there’s also time [...]