1957 Chevrolet Nomad & 1956 Airstream Bubble

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

Over the past decade, there’s been a huge boom in the sale of caravans and motorhomes as more and more baby boomers pass the 65-year age barrier. Adding to this phenomenon is ever-increasing number of people in their mid-50s who are either opting for early retirement or planning to slow down on their work [...]

1979 Ford Escort BDA – Silver Fern Escort

December 1st, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Along with beach racing, timed trials were a major part of New Zealand’s early motoring scene while rallying, in a form we’d recognise it today, really didn’t appear until the mid-1960s with events such as the Hamilton Car Club-organised Rally of the Pines in 1966. The Auckland Car Club soon got in on the [...]

Chris Amon & The A40 Special

September 27th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Over the last month, many words have been written in praise of Chris Amon and, amongst all the potted retellings of his motorsport exploits, most have made mention of Chris’ first racing car. It has been interesting to note that some pundits still believe this car was an Austin A40 – presumably referring to [...]

Swallow T Car

August 6th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The first MkV T Car — #250 — was sent to Australia in 1996 and experienced some success. That first car went to Bill Walters who was appointed as Alternative Cars’ Australian distributor. This model featured some further developments but mostly of a cosmetic nature. One major development, however, involved a change in power [...]

  • A photo from the Editor’s personal files showing him enjoying a spot of wind-in-the-hair driving at the wheel of an MX-5-powered T Car in 2005.

T Car Experience

August 6th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I first met Russell Hooper, the man behind the T Car, during the winter of 1996 when, on a perishing cold Auckland morning, I found myself booked in for a test drive in one of these iconic, Kiwi-built kit cars. By that time in the T Car’s evolution, all memories of its backyard beginnings [...]