• V4-powered Saab 96 very much at home in the snow of Sweden

Saab’s Rally Experience

October 4th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Fulvio Bacchelli driving a Fiat Abath 131 won the 1977 Rally of New Zealand, but considerable attention went on the Finnish driver Ari Vatanen who took part in a Ford Escort RS1800. Vatanen finished second after having dropped from first place on day one to 32nd following an off-road excursion. Vatanen, who was to become [...]

  • The writer’s first visit was 1960 where John Mansel won an exciting race, showing skill and courage to win in the Maserati 250F. His distinctive ‘leaning’ driving style is evident (Photo Euan Sarginson/Terry Marshall Archives)

Classic Motorsport – Those Waimate Meetings

July 8th, 2019|Tags: , , |

There’s a special place in the hearts of all those who witnessed any of the Waimate 50 race meetings, from the first one on January 31, 1959, to the final on February 5, 1966. In many ways the Waimate 50 was a special event, and the first Waimate meeting was also a milestone in the [...]

  • John Surtees enjoying a Kiwi summer (Photo Terry Marshall Archives)

Farewell to a Motorsport Legend

April 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

John Surtees had been World 500cc Motorcycle Champion four times – in 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1960 – the same year that he also switched from two wheels to four, signing for Lotus, initially alongside Innes Ireland, but then Jim Clark after the death of Alan Stacey at Spa. His impact on four wheels was [...]

  • Far left: The Morrari with Garth Souness driving is ahead of Rod Coppins in the Zephyr Corvette at Pukekohe, early 1967. Both drivers are trying very hard. One of the last appearances of the car (Photo Terry Marshall)

Old Soldiers

April 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |

For decades, New Zealand was a living, breathing, working museum of historic motor racing. Distance, cost and tough import restrictions meant that many New Zealand racing drivers had to make-do with cars that were no longer competitive internationally – it was a situation that was mirrored with what we had to drive on our roads [...]

Glenn McIntyre:
 Versatile Racer

February 22nd, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Glenn (usually spelt ‘Glenn’ – including by himself – except on his birth certificate and passport) bought the first Lotus Seven in the country from Lawrence Motors in Whanganui when he was still at school. A friend paid the deposit and Glenn McIntyre, via a part-time job at a local bakehouse, made the hire-purchase payments [...]

The Normac Special: 
Rebirth of a Kiwi Special

August 10th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

People sometimes wonder why New Zealand’s auto racing history is so much a history of ‘specials’ or near ‘specials’. A major reason behind these types of cars related to import controls imposed by the government that restricted access to imported parts and equipment, to conserve foreign currency and to develop local industry. The difficulties [...]