• Tulloch at full-tilt at Pukekohe. As well as contesting the South Island OSCA series, he also ventured to the North Island on a regular basis. The North-South grudge-matches brought the fans out in their droves (Photo Ross Cammick)

Ford Capri RS2600: Part Two

October 5th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Fahey’s RS2600 had proven its capabilities against the American muscle cars throughout the 1974 season but lacked the power of the big V8s. Although a Cosworth GAA at 328kW (440bhp) was still at least 75kW down on the best local V8s, as a package weighing less than a ton the Capri possessed a huge weight [...]

  • This is a chapter from Steve Holmes’ new book, Historic New Zealand Racing Cars. The book traces the histories of eighteen cars whose stories are intertwined with New Zealand, and New Zealanders, including their design, racing careers, and fate thereafter. The cars featured include single seaters, sports cars, and saloons, from the 1940s through to the 1980s. Some of the cars featured were designed and built in locally. Others were of international origin, but whose histories are deeply rooted in New Zealand. But together they represent a golden era in New Zealand motor racing history. The book will be released in July, and available at all good book sellers

Historic New Zealand Racing Cars – Ford Capri RS2600: Part One

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

Fahey was already a successful businessman when he first started car racing, so this was a hobby for him and not a career move. However, he approached his racing as if he were a professional. He always had the best equipment and hired the best personnel. He was very well connected internationally, and these connections [...]

  • Bob and Julie at speed at Leadfoot Festival, not only with the correct attire but also the correct ‘lean’ into the corners! (Photo Jarod Carruthers)

Time Traveller – 1928 Model A Ford Boat-Tail Racer

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

This fantastic little racer started its life in Michigan, where an original Model A Ford was stripped down to be built into what is considered one of the most well-proportioned speedsters or racers. Built as a dual-purpose vehicle it was used in classic racing as well as on the street for parades and touring. Over [...]

  • The Austin 7 once raced by Bill Cope

The Lotus Position

December 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

Any reference to Lotus automatically conjures up the name of Colin Chapman, the Englishman who founded his car manufacturing company along with Colin Dare in 1952. Under Chapman’s direction Lotus won seven Formula One titles, six drivers championships and an Indy 500. However, for a period in New Zealand in the early and middle 1960s [...]

  • Friary estate conversion on a Vauxhall PA Velox

Wagon Trail

December 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The popularity of these types of vehicles increased as social norms changed, with bigger families, slowly increasing family incomes, and improved roads encouraging travel. We saw thousands of wagons in town and country, weekdays and weekends. They were in daily use as working vehicles but were especially noticeable at holiday times, loaded to the gunwales [...]

  • Julia Jack, Mercury’s Chief Marketing Officer, poses with Evie

Evie Revisited – 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner

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

Since we last met with Evie around six months ago, the argument for electrically powered cars has heated up considerably due to sky-rocketing petrol prices – a situation not aided by the introduction of a 10¢ per litre regional fuel tax for the Auckland area. But while Aucklanders may be having a whinge about that, [...]

  • 1950 Morris Cowley 1/2 ton van

Tripping: The Light Vantastic – The Cass Files

October 25th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

These proved to be another good money-spinning sector for the British motor industry, with most of the major manufacturers and several smaller companies producing vehicles of this type. The load-carrying capacity of these small vans began at a quarter-ton or five cwt (250kg in today’s terms), and was slowly increased to six-, then seven and [...]

  • 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 [...]

True Blue GT – 1971 XY Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III

April 24th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Ford Australia unleashed the XW Falcon GT in 1969. Powered by a 351ci (5760cc) Windsor V8, the GT was a truly quick car, but wanting to further improve the breed, and with an eye on winning at Bathurst, Ford went one step further, and in August 1969 they introduced a more brutal version of the [...]

True Blue Racers’ Specials – 1996 Paul Radisich Ford Telstar – 2008 Dan Gurney Signature Edition Ford Mustang

April 24th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Garry Jackson spent many years as Ford New Zealand’s Marketing and Sales Director, and got to know Paul Radisich well. He had some background involvement in Paul getting his Mondeo drives in the World Touring Car Cup, which he won twice (in 1993 and 1994) along with third places in the British Touring Car Championships [...]