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After missing out due to Covid-19 last year, Christchurch racing driver Roger Townshend is finally off to Europe to take part in the Le Mans Classic at the wheel of his RS2600 Capri.
Purchased at an auction in Monaco, this Henri Chapron-designed and built beauty is now resident in New Zealand.
The late John Holloway, an ex-Army Major and well-known Tairua personality, owned and raced his 1951 Jupiter for many years – Jim Richardson remembers John and the time he took his Jowett for a drive.
Motorsport historian Gordon Campbell details the career of Joe Wright, one of our best race mechanics who is best known for his work alongside Graham McRae.
Allan Dick, our founding editor, recalls the cars that shaped his life and NZ Classic Driver
We conclude our special feature on the life and career of one of New Zealand’s most famous F1 and racing mechanics.
Founding editor and publisher, Allan Dick, looks back at some of the highlights from the past 100 issues of NZ Classic Driver.
Allan Dick tells the remarkable story of Ross Burns Cameron — a man who has raced virtually everything.
The upcoming March-April edition of NZ Classic Driver is a special one - it marks the 100th issue and we couldn't be prouder. On shelves from 28 February.
The design team at Nash Motor Company came up with a very different idea to the US norm at the time.
With Liam Lawson poised to become a Formula One driver, Allan looks back at Kiwis who have already made it – and one who may be forgotten.
Kevin Lancaster spent much of his motor racing career in the co-driver’s seat of rally cars and gave a great deal to the sport, a contribution recognised in May 2021 with a MotorSport New Zealand Historic Heritage Award.
Allan McCall worked with Lotus and Jim Clark, Bruce McLaren’s Can-Am team, and was the man behind the Tui formula racing cars. We look back at Allan’s remarkable career.
Hundreds of thousands of people drive classic cars produced by America’s ‘Big Three’. Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company and General Motors sold their wares in millions each year back in the 1950s and 1960s, and fine examples are still present at most classic car events. They weren’t the only American cars, of course, and among the rarest are those from the Kaiser-Frazer Corporation.
day he would own this car. In 1968, he was able to purchase the Jaguar but after completing 15,000 miles in the car he was forced to sell it. However, the tale wasn’t over – almost three decades later, Jock was reunited with the XK140 he’d nicknamed ‘Casper’.
The new owner was so confident in the quality of his new, hand-built car that after a handful of laps at Levels motor racing circuit, he and a companion squeezed their luggage into the available spaces and drove to Hawke’s Bay – at the start of winter!
In this, the first part of a new series detailing cars that are unique to New Zealand – compiled and written by Patrick Harlow, author of several books on Kiwi-designed and built cars – we present a trio of locally designed and built supercars.
We are born. We live. We die. What we do with the years between is our choice. Some waste their years. Others achieve greatness. Graham McRae achieved greatness.
After World War 2, when the importation of vehicles into New Zealand for most was not possible, the aspirations of local racing car builders took hold. It was a time that gave rise to our country’s reputation for producing a unique breed of can-do people that has seen subsequent generations fit into key positions within the international motor racing scene.
Although this iconic Kiwi-built racing car came about due to a series of coincidences, it would become the catalyst that sparked Jim Richards’ subsequent, very successful motorsport career.
Allan Dick meets Cliff Knight who, as a young man, spent much of the summer of 1960 competing around New Zealand in a Standard Ten.
The questions Tim was most regularly asked as a journalist and development engineer included: “What’s the best car you’ve owned?”, “What’s the best car you’ve driven?” and “What’s your favourite car?” For more amusement, a better question would have been: “What was the worst car?”
Avon Hyde officially retired from competitive motor racing in 1993 after a career that contained several highlights in so many categories. But what did retirement really mean for Avon?
When Peter rang Dave McMillan to talk to him about Mark ‘Jandals’ Sheehan – the subject of the next in his series profiling some of New Zealand’s top race mechanics/engineers from the ’60s and ’70s – his first comment was: “I reckon he should be knighted, ‘Sir Jandals.’” Although, as his nickname suggests, if he was offered a knighthood then getting him to dress for the ceremony might prove to be a problem.
Allan Dick pays tribute to the tortured genius of Graham McRae.
It was a Sunday morning not long after lockdown at Cars & Coffee Taranaki where this blue mean machine caught Cameron’s eye. With its huge hood scoop, black bonnet and vinyl roof over its blue patinated paint, it had a look that really appealed to him. After further investigation, he started chatting to the car’s owner, Corey Munyard.
Spurred on by the blood-curdling scream of a BRM V16 in full song, Tim tries his hand at analysing why the sounds of certain racing engines send tingles down his spine.
Jim Richards is one of New Zealand’s most successful racing drivers and the list of significant cars he has driven is extensive, but the car that put him on the map was this glorious Ford Escort Twin Cam, originally built and campaigned in the British Saloon Car Championship by the John Willment Group.
Allan writes about his old mate Terry Marshall, whose name has been the credit under millions of photographs over millions of years (or so it seems), but he has been around since the mid-sixties and his enthusiasm has not dimmed.
When it comes to kit cars there is extraordinarily little that Peter Pellandine did not attempt – starting up his first kit car company while just in his mid-twenties. Kit car specialist, Patrick Harlow, takes a look at a rare Pellandine-designed sports car.
We all know the story of the wealthy Italian industrialist who was dissatisfied with the cars he bought from Ferrari and decided to build a better car. Yes, Ferruccio Lamborghini did just that, but he wasn’t the only one with that idea.
Allan Dick tells the story of a legendary New Zealand racing saloon – and the replica that was built many years after its heyday.
I read everywhere that motorsport is not like it used to be. You can’t see the cars struggling for grip, the roll angles, gentlemanly racing, being able to see drivers battling against their machines, performance differences, different sounds that make the hairs prickle on the back of your neck, meaningful colour schemes and recognisably different cars.
At the wheel of his 1967 Camaro, Rod Coppins shared the 1970 NZ Saloon Car Championship title with Red Dawson, but the following season saw him at the wheel of an ex-T/G Racing Pontiac Firebird.
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