Purple Passion

December 11th, 2018|Tags: , , |

I have always been a bit of a petrolhead. Even while growing up in a small rural town, trucks caught my attention every time they passed by. My parents were also into cars, and anything with a bit of noise that appeared to have a good turn of speed attracted my interest. All that interest [...]

  • Rootes 1960s advert for the Commer van range

VanTastic: British Half-ton Vans 1945-1965

June 26th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

These types of vans came in several shapes and sizes, and large numbers were sold, with all the major British firms having a stake in the market. A chance encounter with one a few weeks ago, snappily painted to advertise a local business, brought them back to mind, and I recalled that I actually owned [...]

  • Riley’s fancy Mini – the Kestrel

Affordable Sports Saloons Part 2. 
The 1960s: GT or not GT

December 14th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The move towards more-fun-to-drive cars gathered pace through 1958 and 1959, as the big companies began to realise that brisk performance could be designed into a family saloon without much company design effort or expenditure and sell at a sensibly higher (and more profitable) price to add more appeal to their model ranges. While some [...]

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 [...]