• 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 [...]

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

Gavin Hicks 1941-2019

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

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 [...]

Day of the Dart

February 24th, 2019|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

Works Escort – 1977 Ford Escort Mk II RS1800 Group 4

December 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Ford Escort RS1800 Mk II, chassis #BBATTJ 69903, was completed at Ford Motorsports, Boreham, UK as a works rally car and registered on February 1, 1977 as STW130R. Built, in effect, to RAC Rally specifications, the Escort’s first works drive would be at the Rally de Portugal in March 1977, with Swedish rally ace Björn [...]

  • Roger Moore as Simon Templar in "The Saint" (TV Series)

Saint for a Day

December 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

The P1800 story really began in 1953, when Assar Gabrielsson of Volvo was shown around Chevrolet’s Michigan factory. At that time, Chevrolet had only just set up for the all-new Corvette. Gabrielsson was so intrigued by the Corvette’s fibreglass body that he also visited Glasspar, a fibreglass specialist based in California. While Volvo were probably [...]

Three Score and Ten for Iconic Off-Roader – 1953 Land Rover S1

October 26th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

As a young boy back in the UK during the 1960s, summer always saw the Walton family packing up their swimming togs for a fortnight’s summer holiday in North Wales. During the early half of the decade, a B&B in Harlech was the most usual destination but, as the 1960s swung further, we moved further [...]

  • Julia Jack, Mercury’s Chief Marketing Officer, poses with Evie

Evie Revisited – 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner

October 26th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Since we last met with Evie around six months ago, the argument for electrically powered cars has heated up considerably due to sky-rocketing petrol prices – a situation not aided by the introduction of a 10¢ per litre regional fuel tax for the Auckland area. But while Aucklanders may be having a whinge about that, [...]