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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

1961 Cole-Baker Special

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

We trace the history of a unique, locally built special that started off life with a Morris Minor engine before finally gaining Rover V8 power. Like virtually all Kiwi specials, this car was put together on a shoe-string budget by one man – in this case Dan Cole-Baker, a teacher from Raglan. In 1959 when [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

2017 Swallow 100 Mk III

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

One cold and frosty day during the winter of 1996, I found myself settling into the leather-lined cockpit of a locally built T Car in preparation for a road test of the Kiwi-built roadster. Russell Hooper, the main driving force behind Alternative Cars – the Auckland-based company that had designed and developed the T Car [...]

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 [...]

1957 Hawke

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

The car in question is Maurice Robertson’s 1957 Hawke (more on that name later), but our story starts with Palmerston North hot-rodder, John Mellelieu, who found a bare fibreglass body shell in a Wanganui shed in 1985 and trailered it home to Palmerston North. Although it would have originally sat on a Ford Ten [...]

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 [...]

Magic Morgan

November 30th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I'm stating the obvious I know, when I say that a Morgan is not for everyone. Indeed, the secret to the company’s success and longevity is that they’re fully aware of this and, rather than making a car to try and suit everyone, they stick to what they do best. This isn’t to say [...]