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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

The Kiwi and The Raging Bull – 1988 Countess Countach Replica

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

Hands up all those baby boomers who had one of those ‘Body by Lamborghini. High fidelity by Alpine’ Countach posters on their bedroom walls – quite probably the most popular ‘pin-up’ amongst adolescent boys during that period; with the possible exceptions being the one with Farrah Fawcett posing in little more than a skimpy red [...]

People, Passion, Speed

September 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The first season of Trofeo racing came after a group of enthusiastic Alfasud owners got together in July 1990. Having experienced difficulties being accepted into traditional classic car grids, they decided to form their own competition group. Since that time, almost 30 years ago, the Trofeo Series has evolved to include newer Alfa Romeo models [...]

Porsche and the 356 Celebrate Their 70th Anniversary

September 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

In June 1947 Ferdinand Porsche allotted project number 356 to a new car design he was working on at his factory in Gmünd. This new car was to be built with Volkswagen parts – all that was available to Porsche in those immediate post-war years. During March 1948 the first Type 356 car (356–001) was [...]

Seventy Years of Lotus Cars (Part Two)

September 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

At the time of Chapman’s death in December 1982 the facts of the DeLorean affair were starting to become known. The British Inland Revenue were after Lotus and imposed an £84 million claim on the company. By 1983 the company was almost bankrupt. Mark Thatcher, son of Margaret, convinced David Wickins (later to be known [...]

1961 Cole-Baker Special

September 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

We trace the history of a unique, locally built special that started off life with a Morris Minor engine before finally gaining Rover V8 power. Like virtually all Kiwi specials, this car was put together on a shoe-string budget by one man – in this case Dan Cole-Baker, a teacher from Raglan. In 1959 when [...]

Seventy Years of Lotus Cars (Part One)

June 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In 1947, Colin Chapman’s secondhand car business failed, a direct consequence of the UK’s post-war economic crisis. Only 19 at the time, all that Chapman was left with was a tired old Austin 7. Not one to sit by and watch the world pass him by, the teenager teamed up with two mates – Colin [...]