The purchase of the Special came at a time when these home-made models of classic ingenuity still had a place on the national racing scene. Allan Dick alluded to this era and his favourite specials in the last edition of NZ Classic Driver and also noted that the days of the Kiwi special lasted longer in the South than the North Island.
By the mid-sixties, however, New Zealand had a national saloon car championship along with a decent single-seater championship that headlined all meetings. In the south, the wonderful array of specials that had been built 10 to 20 years earlier still flourished, primarily as a necessity.
Although the complex rules regarding car importation had largely been eased, cars were still expensive and required overseas funds to call on. As for importing single-seater racing- and sports cars, complexities and costs were largely prohibitive for the majority of the young racers who simply just wanted to ‘have a go’.
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