1972 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S – Rotary Renaissance

October 14th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

The father-and-son team of Gavin and Myles Hicks are well known within local classic-car restoration circles, and over the years many concours-winning cars have emerged from their well-equipped home workshop. Together they can tackle virtually all aspects of restoration, including everything from mechanical rebuilds to spray-painting. Additionally, Gavin is a dab hand with a sewing [...]

1962 Jaguar Mk2 3.8

August 17th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

While I was checking out the classic cars entered for sale at Mossgreen-Webb’s classic car auction, held at Sir Keith Park Memorial Aviation Display Hall at MOTAT on June 18, I found myself standing next to a classic racecar that I first saw on Saturday, January 8, 1983. Back then I snapped a few shots [...]

MGC 50th Anniversary 1967–2017

August 17th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

In 1957 the integration of the Austin-Healey and MG families was the catalyst for several interesting possibilities, including the prospect of a six-cylinder MG. Indeed, a dual project was soon underway – ADO51 would be an Austin-Healey, while ADO52 was scheduled to be the six-cylinder, quickly designated as the ‘C’. Intended as direct replacements for [...]

2017 Swallow 100 Mk III

August 17th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

One cold and frosty day during the winter of 1996, I found myself settling into the leather-lined cockpit of a locally built T Car in preparation for a road test of the Kiwi-built roadster. Russell Hooper, the main driving force behind Alternative Cars – the Auckland-based company that had designed and developed the T Car [...]

1960 AC Ace-Bristol (Ace High)

June 25th, 2017|Tags: , |

Glen, an Auckland-based business advisor, can’t remember a time when Bristol cars weren’t part of his life, and like many of us his enthusiasm for these cars was handed down to him from his father, Lane. Now on to his sixth Bristol (the first being a 401) Lane has been driving and fettling these quirky [...]

Handsome Healey

June 24th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

John acquired his Austin-Healey just over a year ago. It was a car that he’d always wanted to own and when he spotted it for sale on TradeMe, he knew this one was for him as he’d always had a soft spot for the 100, the very first Austin-Healey. “I have always admired the 100’s [...]

Quicksilver Messenger

April 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Since I began writing about classic cars around 26-years ago, I’ve driven a huge range of classic and soon-to-be-classic cars – everything from a vintage Cadillac to an Aston Martin DBS; a Morris Minor to a Ford Galaxie and even a few single-seaters and historic sports racing cars. However, when I look back at all [...]

Victorious – Vauxhall

February 22nd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Vauxhall unveiled the very first Victor in 1957 – looking rather like a scaled-down 1950s Chevrolet, the Victor F was intended to bring a touch of US glamour to the cobbled streets of the UK. Unlike the V8-powered Stateside cruisers the Victor was modelled upon, the new Vauxhall had to make do with a [...]

Looking Ahead to This Weekend’s NZ Festival of Motor Racing

January 18th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Kiwi leg of this season’s Tasman Revival series kicked off at Hampton Downs last weekend – with the next opportunity to catch a taste of F5000 thunder being this coming weekend’s NZ Festival of Motor Racing celebrating Ken Smith. Now aged 75, Smith is the defending SAS Autoparts MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup [...]

1953 Jaguar XK120 SE & 1967 Jaguar E-Type

December 14th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , |

Roger Munns’ passion for Jaguars, and more specifically the XK120, began when he spotted famed Kiwi crime writer, Dame Ngaio Marsh, driving down Oxford Street in Christchurch at the wheel of her black XK120 fixed head coupé, coincidentally driving right past Archibald Motors’ Jaguar dealership. Only 13 at the time, Roger thought: “What a [...]