Horsepower ’80s-Style

February 29th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

As we settle back into our routines after the Christmas break, I find myself making resolutions and planning for the year ahead. It is my favourite time of the year, looking at a relatively clear diary and not knowing what the year will hold. For many it is a time where car projects gain a [...]

The Bavarian Boomerang

October 5th, 2019|Tags: , , |

Many of us have owned the same classic car twice in our lifetime. Some of us have regretted going back as our rose-tinted memories can mislead us as to how good that first experience actually was. I am guilty of this and must say that twice I have re-purchased a past vehicle and both times [...]

  • The Humber as it is today at Gavin's long-time residence in Governors Bay almost 60 years after restoration.

Young Gun – Humble Humber

July 8th, 2019|Tags: , , |

Gavin Bain was only 14 when his father took him to see the start of a VCC rally in front of the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue. He vividly remembers seeing the cars lined up in front of the impressive gothic revival building. “I thought, crikey I wouldn’t mind something like that!” The thought, however, [...]

Young Gun – Top Cat

May 8th, 2019|Tags: , , |

For many of us our childhood memories help shape and mould us into the people we are today. I know that I certainly am drawn to special places, people, things and cars that were a part of my life while growing up. For some, memories are better than the reality, but for others the reality [...]

Mini Man

February 24th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Years ago in the living room of his family home, James Robinson was playing with a toy car. “I always liked cars but I was not really a huge car person,” James explained to me, but at the age of 18 that all changed. At that time, James’ father purchased an original one-owner 1967 Morris [...]

Crown Prince

December 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

As I pull up the drive of the Dawber family property it is not long before my eye is caught by the late afternoon sun glinting on the chrome work of an unfamiliar car slowly being enveloped by grass and moss. The chrome parts I can see are set off by a patchwork quilt of [...]

  • Anthony Leigh in his Ford GT40, winner of last year’s Hawkswood sprint

Young Gun – Tim Stanton

October 26th, 2018|Tags: , |

I had gone to see Tim to discuss the upcoming Hawkswood Festival of Speed Sealed Sprint. Tim has not only competed in this epic hillclimb since day one but has also had the pleasure of working on many of his clients’ cars that have competed, and in many cases have achieved the fastest times of [...]

Young Gun – Nick Young’s TVR Chimaera

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

Nick Young and his TVR are quite the exception to this statement. Having owned some interesting classic cars and motorbikes over the years, Nick knew what he didn’t want when it came to purchasing a new toy, but the finer details of what he really wanted were only evident when he set his eyes on [...]

Young Gun – Bain Endurance Classic

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

As humans there are sounds we hear throughout our life that no matter where you are or in what situation you hear them, certain memories come flooding back. To me strangely, one of these sounds is the dull thud of a steel-framed, English-made aluminium door shutting against the body of a Land Rover. In fact, [...]

The Italian Affair

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

In a world becoming obsessed with small cars and low emissions it would be fair to say that Barb Palmer is no exception – but not for the tree hugging, sandal wearing, tofu eating reasons that most associate with such things Growing up, Barb was one of six children, and memories of loading up her [...]