Kiwi-built – Automotive Masterpiece

June 23rd, 2020|Tags: , |

Like many of a certain age, blu-tacking that famous Alpine stereo poster of a Lamborghini Countach onto his bedroom wall was Darren O’Neil’s initiation into the world of supercars. At the age of fourteen the motoring bug had well and truly bitten. Brought up in a pretty tough family “on the wrong side of the [...]

Passion in Motion – 2001 + 2004 Ferrari 360 Spider

October 4th, 2019|Tags: , , |

As Ferrari owners, Jo and John’s trip to Italy in 2015 wouldn’t have been complete without visiting Maranello to tour the factory, spend time and money in the factory shop and see where Enzo Ferrari used to dine in the famous Cavallino Restaurant. The couple expected a ‘normal’ town that happened to be the location [...]

Buon Cinquantesimo Compleanno Dino!

October 26th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Few cars have aged as gracefully as the exquisite Ferrari Dino, and it’s hard to believe that this iconic car celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. To celebrate that milestone we try out an immaculate and much-loved example. The Dino’s history has been well covered elsewhere, but a brief recap may be useful. It was [...]

Kiwi-Built Masterpiece

February 21st, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

In 1957 my father was at Aintree for that year’s British Grand Prix – a race won by Stirling Moss in the Vanwall with the following three places being taken by Ferraris. In third place was Mike Hawthorn, and the following year he would become the first Englishman to win the F1 World Championship. At [...]

  • 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 [...]

Christopher Arthur Amon – Genius

September 28th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , |

When Chris Amon died on the 3rd of August this year at 73 years of age, there was a flood of tributes from around the world. Why? He had been a Grand Prix driver, he had been a co-winner of the Le Mans 24 Hour race, he had won the Tasman Series and he [...]