The Ransley Riley MkI

February 29th, 2020|Tags: , , |

The Ransley Riley’s origin as a racing car came about due to a set of bizarre circumstances. The story passed down refers to the day that Don Ransley was driving to Dunedin at the end of 1947 in a post war 2.5-litre Riley. During that trip he was passed by a pre-war Riley Kestrel saloon. [...]

  • Trevor Crowe’s giant-killing Starlet

Classic Racing – Skope 30th

December 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Originally held under the banner of the BP Alfa Classic, PDL Industries took over the naming rights of this popular classic race event in 1995 before SKOPE became involved in 2003. The enthusiasm from competitors and the public has never waned, and the meeting remains the biggest in both entry and crowd numbers on the [...]

  • Grahame readies himself for battle – another classic portrait by Terry Marshall

A Good Keen Man: The Life and Racing Times of Grahame Harvey, Part 2

December 8th, 2019|Tags: , |

Over the four seasons that Grahame campaigned the Elfin, he had many memorable races. Winning the 1968–1969 NZ Sports Car Championship by a single point in the final round of his first season with the Elfin was certainly a highlight. In a gripping, season-long three-way battle for honours, it all came down to the last [...]

  • Grahame hillclimbing in the Cooper-JAP, 1962–63 season (Grahame Harvey Collection)

The Life and Racing Times of Grahame Harvey, Part 1

October 4th, 2019|Tags: , |

Auckland, New Zealand in the late 1940s/early ’50s was an international backwater, still suffering from the deprivation and restrictions of the post-war retrenchment. In hindsight it was a rather colourless era. The importation of goods was tightly controlled, and quite corrupt, with some officials often taking ‘favours’ from those wanting to bend the rules. Behind [...]

  • On track and ahead of the pack

An Impulse Built On An Inspiration

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

You may remember the British car brand Austin. Up in smoke along with most of the rest of the British motor industry due to doing just about everything wrong that was humanly possible to do wrong. “Orstin of England” latterly produced dull but honest family transport, and the popular image of an Austin owner would [...]

  • At a Nissan Mobil meeting in Wellington in the late 1980s. Note the wire wheels (Photo Euan Cameron)

Bert Govan’s Jaguar Mk2

July 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Bert Govan has raced the same 3.8 Jaguar Mk2 in South Island classic racing events since the mid-1980s, having originally purchased the car when he was just 13 years old. In that time he has seen the Mk2 evolve its status from that of a good-looking English sports and racing saloon to full-blown classic. Bert’s [...]