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 [...]

  • Halfway between Glenorchy and Queenstown alongside Lake Wakatipu, with Robin le Roy passengering in his Alfa while his friend, Stephen Martin, drives

From Alfa to Zagato

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

Wim le Roy has been passionate for all things Lancia since 1965 when he owned an Aurelia 2500GT whilst resident in Europe, a passion that his two sons, Onno and Robin, inherited. And when Wim and his wife Astrid, along with Onno and Robin, emigrated to New Zealand during the late 1990s, they brought with [...]

Air-Cooled Classic

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

Tainted by Ralph Nader’s infamous book, Unsafe at Any Speed, the rear-engined, air-cooled Corvair is today regarded as a bona fide US classic – with top of the line Corsa and sporty Monza versions highly sought-after by ‘in-the-know’ enthusiasts. Allan takes a freshly restored Corvair for a drive to see if Nader was right Readers [...]

  • Ollie Johnstone takes his mum, Kate, for a spin across the Dart River bridge in Murray Doyle's Porsche Speedster

The Classic Alpine Tour

June 26th, 2018|Tags: , , |

The Classic Alpine Tour was the outcome of two like-minded motoring enthusiasts discussing some of the great classic motoring events that take place around the world. Reminiscing about Villa d’Este on the shores of Lake Como, Monterey week in Northern California, Rodeo Drive Concours, Chantilly north of Paris and the legendary Goodwood Revival, soon developed [...]

True Blue GT – 1971 XY Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III

April 24th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Ford Australia unleashed the XW Falcon GT in 1969. Powered by a 351ci (5760cc) Windsor V8, the GT was a truly quick car, but wanting to further improve the breed, and with an eye on winning at Bathurst, Ford went one step further, and in August 1969 they introduced a more brutal version of the [...]

1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner – Electrifying a Classic

April 24th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Despite all the recent media hullaballoo concerning electric cars, there’s really nothing new about an electrically powered vehicle (EV). Indeed, at the dawn of the motoring age there was little to choose between electric, petrol or even steam-powered vehicles. In fact, electric power was dominant when considered purely from the point of view of the [...]

Kiwi-Built Masterpiece

February 21st, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

In 1957 my father was at Aintree for that year’s British Grand Prix – a race won by Stirling Moss in the Vanwall with the following three places being taken by Ferraris. In third place was Mike Hawthorn, and the following year he would become the first Englishman to win the F1 World Championship. At [...]

30 Years and Counting

February 21st, 2018|Tags: , , |

Having completed his NZCE with Winstones in Auckland, Neil Fraser’s first business venture was the acquisition of Reid Trailers, but while he busied himself designing and building trailers he also took to the racetrack in a Lotus Cortina, and it was here that he first came across the car that would shift his focus away [...]

Lightweight 
Contenders

February 21st, 2018|Tags: , , , |

During the 1980s, the rise of the hot hatch, spearheaded by cars such as Volkswagen’s Golf GTi and Peugeot’s 205GTi, virtually killed off the soft-top sports car. In a market flooded with go-faster shopping baskets, only a handful of specialist sports car makers persisted until, in 1989, Mazda hit back with their MX-5. In effect, [...]