• This is the warpaint the Mustang wore during the 1968/1969 season, when Red Dawson became the new owner. In late 1968, Dawson took the car to Australia to contest a handful of events, including the single-race ATCC. The Mustang was adorned with giant ‘NZ’ lettering on its rear flanks for the Aussie assault (Photo Mike Feisst)

The Frank Bryan/Red Dawson Shelby Mustang – Part One

February 24th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

The Trans-American sedan series (Trans-Am) was almost certainly the world’s most famous, most successful saloon-car racing series during the late 1960s and early 1970s. A creation of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), the Trans-Am joined the Can-Am series for Group 7 unlimited sports cars, and Formula A/Formula 5000 series during the mid-1960s as [...]

  • Louvres and spokes – the exquisite style of Ettore Bugatti

French Blue

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

After the brief mention of Thomas Pitt Cholmondeley-Tapper in the last issue of NZ Classic Driver I was astounded to receive a message from Andy Datlen at Auto Restorations in Christchurch: “We have the Bugatti here, do you want to have a look at it?” So, on a late September Saturday morning, I squeezed into [...]

  • The Breadvan Ferrari – did it start it all?

Classic Racing – The Fastback Anglias

October 14th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Saturday, 6th of November 1965 saw the first major race meeting of the season. It was at Pukekohe and a non-championship meeting, but plenty of new car and new car/driver combinations were making their debut. A lot was expected, but plenty of eyebrows were raised when two new racing saloons appeared, both built in total [...]

Classic Racing Saloon – Tony Densem’s Holden Torana LH

October 14th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

A fter a beginning where Jaguar and other British cars were at the sharp end, Ford’s Mustang proved to be a winner in 1965, while Holden posted its first championship win in 1970 with the Monaro HT GTS350. The Aussie influence began at that point, and ever since then Holden’s battle with Ford has, apart [...]