Mini Man

February 24th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Years ago in the living room of his family home, James Robinson was playing with a toy car. “I always liked cars but I was not really a huge car person,” James explained to me, but at the age of 18 that all changed. At that time, James’ father purchased an original one-owner 1967 Morris [...]

  • This is the warpaint the Mustang wore during the 1968/1969 season, when Red Dawson became the new owner. In late 1968, Dawson took the car to Australia to contest a handful of events, including the single-race ATCC. The Mustang was adorned with giant ‘NZ’ lettering on its rear flanks for the Aussie assault (Photo Mike Feisst)

The Frank Bryan/Red Dawson Shelby Mustang – Part One

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The Trans-American sedan series (Trans-Am) was almost certainly the world’s most famous, most successful saloon-car racing series during the late 1960s and early 1970s. A creation of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), the Trans-Am joined the Can-Am series for Group 7 unlimited sports cars, and Formula A/Formula 5000 series during the mid-1960s as [...]

  • From the very first day, the Porsche was everything to me!

Porsche Passion Pt1

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I had been a Porsche fan since my first sighting of a red 356A in 1959, as I biked back to my boarding school from church, in Napier. Even now, as one thinks back to the late 1950s, Porsches were always so smooth and squat in comparison to any other cars – also faster and [...]

Last of the Classic XK Sports Cars

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When Motor road tested a 3.4-litre XK150S FHC in August 1959 they recorded a best top speed of 133.9mph and their conclusion was that the “XK150S Jaguar is a truly remarkable car which combines a stupendous performance with surprising docility and good manners. To drive it is one of the more memorable experiences motoring has [...]

  • Gavin at the wheel of the ex-Alain Menu BTCC Renault Laguna at Goodwood

Gavin Hicks 1941-2019

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I first crossed paths with Gavin Hicks in 1997 when I photographed and wrote about his 1969 Maserati Ghibli. Whilst road-testing the Ghibli, Gavin talked about his early experiences with the Italian marque. From him I learned that he’d sat in his first Maserati – a 250F – at the age of 15 at the [...]

  • Dene rides through Parliament Square, Ramsay, during the 1952 IOM TT

Memories of Richard Dene Kingston Hollier 1927–2019

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Dene Hollier competed internationally on two wheels – even racing at the legendary Isle Of Man TT – before turning his skills to four wheels when he went single-seater racing. Sadly, Dene passed away on January 19, 2019 at the age of 91 years and three months at the Ranfurly Residential Care Centre and Rest [...]

Day of the Dart

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The Daimler SP250 was born when Edward Turner, head of the Automotive Division of BSA – at that time Daimler’s parent company – was given the brief to develop an all-new volume production car. Eschewing the use of Daimler’s more traditional six-cylinder engine, Turner developed a new 2.5-litre V8. Already known for his hemi-head Triumph [...]

  • David Simpson today

The Summer of ’66

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In the sixties, the annual trek to Blenheim for the season-opening motor race meeting was always an adventure. The circuit was around the streets of the nearby township of Renwick – and it was always a matter of argument whether the ‘w’ was silent. There were three Renwick (or was it Rennick?) circuits, the first [...]

A Brace of Brabham BT21 Replicas

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Formula Ford (or F1600 as it is commonly referred to) is the only single-seater category with a national status, but as I write this following the opening round of the latest New Zealand title grab, the racing was at a low-key meeting at Ruapuna, while the championship rounds for other categories was some five hours [...]

Crown Prince

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As I pull up the drive of the Dawber family property it is not long before my eye is caught by the late afternoon sun glinting on the chrome work of an unfamiliar car slowly being enveloped by grass and moss. The chrome parts I can see are set off by a patchwork quilt of [...]