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 [...]

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 [...]