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 [...]

  • John Jacobson with the car in its original condition at New Brighton Beach

Peter Leversedge’s 1949 Stuart V8 Special No. 77

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

Peter’s desire to go racing originated with an exciting trip to Christchurch’s then only speedway at Aranui as a small boy. Quick on the heels of the speedway experiences came the Mairehau street race, a venue that circled his family home. [This was a path very similar to my introduction to motor racing and something [...]

  • Otago Classic Rally podium – John Silcock/Grant Marra (Mazda RX-7), Regan Ross/Samantha Gray (Ford Escort RS1800) and Deane Buist/Karl Celeste (VW Golf) (Photo Alison Kerr)

Classic Rallying

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

Rallying is enjoying resurgence at a national level, but the classic component of this type of competition has developed its own unique status in a similar manner to circuit racing classics. This is especially evident in the annual Otago Rally, with the 2018 edition boasting a bumper field of 50 classic cars within an overall [...]

  • Alan’s ‘Mk I’ at Timaru (Photo Euan Cameron)

Alan Inglis’ Broadspeed Escort Replica

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

Fifty-three years ago Alan Inglis spotted a Palmer & Doak-prepared 105E Anglia in a Christchurch car yard. At that time, this Rangiora Ford dealership modified 105E Anglias (among other cars), repowering them, fitting widened rims, upgrading gearboxes and installing disc brakes as well as tweaking carburettors and exhaust systems. As he gazed longingly at that [...]

  • Jeremy and an old friend

Jeremy Stace’s Jaguar E-Type

February 21st, 2018|Tags: , , , |

The common expression ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ can certainly be attributed to Enzo Ferrari’s thoughts on Jaguar’s E-type as, on first sighting the car, il Commendatore was reported to have called it “the most beautiful car ever made”. He wasn’t the only one that had these thoughts after the original E-type [...]

Trevor Crowe

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

Some memories of racing at the old Wigram airfield may have faded, but others will remain forever. It was always something of a mystery how those windswept and often baking-hot January days were to provide those memories, because the airfield was never designed with motor racing in mind. But, like many airfield circuits around the [...]

Classic Racing Saloon – Tony Densem’s Holden Torana LH

October 14th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

A fter a beginning where Jaguar and other British cars were at the sharp end, Ford’s Mustang proved to be a winner in 1965, while Holden posted its first championship win in 1970 with the Monaro HT GTS350. The Aussie influence began at that point, and ever since then Holden’s battle with Ford has, apart [...]