1962 900 Monza Convertible – Uncommon at Any Speed

February 29th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

In the late 1950s, America’s ‘big three’ car makers, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, watched the growing success of the compact Rambler and the inroads being made by European compact cars, and knew they had to get into that market. Ford and Chrysler took the conventional road with the Falcon and the Valiant, scaled-down versions [...]

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 [...]

Living the Dream

May 8th, 2019|Tags: , , |

Like so many others, Phil Robinson saw the Countach as the ultimate supercar, but unlike most of us, he wasn’t prepared to leave it as simply a dream. As a young boat builder there seemed no chance of him owning a real Countach, so in 1980, long before replica kits became available, he started building [...]

Still Cool at Fifty

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

Those with long memories will recall that the Escort badge first appeared on a Ford Prefect ‘estate car’ in the late 1950s. The adventurously-styled Anglia replaced the Prefect in 1959 and it, in turn, was replaced in 1968 by the new Escort, a new standard in the small car market. Launched at the Brussels Motor [...]

Morgan Memories – 1969 Morgan 4/4 1600

October 26th, 2018|Tags: , , |

As a young married couple in the early 1970s, Lloyd and Jennifer planned an overseas holiday, with the idea of buying a car for a tour and bringing it back home. Being afflicted from a very early age with a virulent and incurable form of what Lloyd describes as ‘Mad Car Disease’, he drew up [...]

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 [...]

Our Fastest MG

June 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Once upon a time people raced cars for pleasure, the adrenaline rush and comradeship. Winning was a bonus. And those who didn’t win, raced for the satisfaction of doing their best and, hopefully, finishing. As we discovered when we visited New Zealand’s fastest MG, that attitude is still alive and well in this modern age [...]

  • Huge American La France chain-driven speedster started life as a fire engine

30th Art Deco Festival – Simply the Best!

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

Period cars have been a feature of the festival from the beginning, and the Hawkes Bay Vintage Car Club team that organises the cars for the parades gathered together 30 of the best pre-War cars in New Zealand for this year’s festival, under the by-line of ‘Simply the Best’. The first Art Deco Festival involved [...]

Marlene’s V16

December 14th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Born in Berlin in December 1901, Dietrich was already an acclaimed film star when she emigrated to America in 1930 with a Paramount Pictures contract in her handbag. She went straight to Hollywood and into the big time, with leading-lady roles in the hit movies Morocco, Dishonored, Shanghai Express, The Scarlet Express and The Devil [...]

Oldest Car

December 14th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

One of only two known 1895 Velos still existing, this car has been in New Zealand since 1900. It was bought by Mr Nicholas Oates of Christchurch, who was obviously wealthy and forward-thinking, and who travelled to England expressly to investigate the suitability of the new-fangled motor car for use in New Zealand. At the [...]