• Graeme Lawrence in the Ferrari Dino 246T (Chris Charles Collection)

A Mechanic’s Tale

September 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

Chris Charles knew from an early age he wanted to be in motorsport. From the day a neighbour took him to a Lady Wigram Trophy meeting when he was ten years old he read all he could about motorsport. He wrote to ‘The Secretary, Motor Racing Club, Christchurch’ when he was 14 to say he [...]

  • Haig wrestles the ex-Dawson Camaro around the old hairpin at Ruapuna. It was a big, heavy, difficult car that was hard on brakes and not particularly powerful (Photo Terry Marshall)

Classic Racer – Journeys with Johnny Cash – Part Two

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

After making his racing debut in his road-going Zephyr-Corvette and blowing up the gearbox, Kevin decided any future racing would be in a dedicated competition car. But racing was about to take a back seat. The wide world intervened. “I joined the Dunedin exodus to Wanaka that Christmas and New Year’s Eve,” says Kevin. “Over [...]

  • A fine study at Levels of the 1976 GTX Champion, Lindsay in his winning Porsche (Photo Terry Marshall)

“Gidday Shag!”

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

It was one of the blackest times of my radio career. Five am on a dark, cold, mid-winter’s Friday morn in 1982 and I had phoned the Dunedin police as part of my early morning news-gathering tasks as News Editor at Radio 4XO. “Morning, it’s Allan Dick – anything happen overnight?” I asked the overnight [...]