1968 Chevrolet Camaro – Penske Tribute

February 29th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

General Motors was caught napping when Ford launched the Mustang in April, 1964. GM knew the Mustang was coming, but GM executives weren’t at all concerned and didn’t expect it to generate the mass appeal it did. Nor did they expect it’d sell 100,000 units within four months, and keep on soaring. Having got a [...]

The 100th Year of the Alvis Car NZ Tour

February 29th, 2020|Tags: , |

Clive Butler dates his passion for automobiles to 1946, when he was only two years old and his father purchased a 1937 Series 4 BSA. At that time the Butlers lived in Chelmsford, Essex, and the BSA would serve as the family car for the next ten years. By the time Clive arrived in New [...]

Cento Zagato

October 5th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

This is a tale I’ve told before, but I like it so here it is again. As a young lad growing up in the 1960s, the first time I ever came across the Zagato name was when I read Ian Fleming’s book On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. In that book, the Bond girl who would [...]

Mortimer Motorsports – Classic Kiwi Collectors

October 5th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

I first met Warwick Mortimer in October 2003 while supervising a photoshoot at Sylvia Park in Mt Wellington. At that time 16 years ago, the maze of ex-Army storage buildings (built on the site during the 1940s) were earmarked for demolition, with work on the present-day shopping mall due to begin a few months after [...]

  • Denny Hulme in the Istel Rover winning the 1985 Silverstone TT 3 Hour race with Jeff Allam

Allan Scott and TWR: Part Two – The Kiwi and Tom Walkinshaw

July 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |

At the end of Part One, Allan Scott had just joined Tom Walkinshaw Racing to work on that team’s Mazda RX‑7 racing rotary engines, and even at this early stage he had already learnt something about the manner in which Walkinshaw ran his team. Although Allan had been assured that he would be working on [...]

A Charger for Susanne

July 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

When Chrysler launched the Valiant in Australia in 1962, they had an instant winner on their hands with demand constantly outstripping supply. Part of the reason for the Valiant’s success was its superb US-sourced 225ci slant-six engine. With 108kW on tap, this engine had around double the output of its contemporary Holden rivals at the [...]

  • Allan working on an engine in the early 1980s

Allan Scott and TWR: Part One – The Kiwi and Tom Walkinshaw

May 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Born in the South Otago town of Balclutha, Allan Scott traces his interest in machinery back to when he was 13 years old. By that time he was living in Dunedin and, along with his uncles, during school holidays Allan worked at his grandparent’s large farm 90 kilometres from his home; not long after the [...]

  • The 84G in Japan - it had been left to the mercy of the elements for 30+ years

Mazda and the Road to Le Mans

May 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

In fact, you could argue that the Mazda rotary engine’s road to Le Mans actually began way back in 1967 when Takayoshi Ohashi – Mazda’s main Tokyo distributor – set up his own race team and tuning workshop. Calling his new firm ‘Mazda Sports Corner’, Ohashi ran cars both nationally and internationally. By 1982, Mazda [...]

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

Porsche Passion Pt1

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

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

February 24th, 2019|Tags: , , |

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 [...]