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 [...]

Alfissimo!

November 22nd, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Having started his working life designing trucks, Vittorio Jano – an Italian of Hungarian descent – was hired by Alfa Romeo in 1923 as their chief engineer with a specific brief to produce race-winning cars. Jano easily showed that he was up to this task – his first design being the straight-eight P2 racecar [...]

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 [...]