The principal catalyst for this restoration project was probably the thought that it might be great to do something that would compensate for New Zealand’s loss of many of its old race cars from the 1950s and 1960s, especially given that many enjoyed their main racing life on our local raceways.

So, at the back of my mind there did lurk an idea that if the opportunity ever presented itself it would be a great experience to obtain a car that was both affordable and an asset to historic race grids here, or anywhere.

Moving ahead … some five years ago while racing my MG ‘Spridget’ in the South Island, I met some chaps racing Formula Juniors. 
The cars all looked splendid in their period livery, every inch old race cars of the 1950s and 1960s. “What pretty little cars,” my wife said. “You should get one of those.”

Phil Batson and the BMC around 1965


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