• Denny Hulme in the Istel Rover winning the 1985 Silverstone TT 3 Hour race with Jeff Allam

Allan Scott and TWR: Part Two – The Kiwi and Tom Walkinshaw

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

At the end of Part One, Allan Scott had just joined Tom Walkinshaw Racing to work on that team’s Mazda RX‑7 racing rotary engines, and even at this early stage he had already learnt something about the manner in which Walkinshaw ran his team. Although Allan had been assured that he would be working on [...]

  • 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 [...]

Young Gun – Top Cat

May 8th, 2019|Tags: , , |

For many of us our childhood memories help shape and mould us into the people we are today. I know that I certainly am drawn to special places, people, things and cars that were a part of my life while growing up. For some, memories are better than the reality, but for others the reality [...]

  • Allan working on an engine in the early 1980s

Allan Scott and TWR: Part One – The Kiwi and Tom Walkinshaw

May 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Born in the South Otago town of Balclutha, Allan Scott traces his interest in machinery back to when he was 13 years old. By that time he was living in Dunedin and, along with his uncles, during school holidays Allan worked at his grandparent’s large farm 90 kilometres from his home; not long after the [...]

1962 Jaguar Mk2 3.8

August 17th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

While I was checking out the classic cars entered for sale at Mossgreen-Webb’s classic car auction, held at Sir Keith Park Memorial Aviation Display Hall at MOTAT on June 18, I found myself standing next to a classic racecar that I first saw on Saturday, January 8, 1983. Back then I snapped a few shots [...]

  • 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 [...]

1953 Jaguar XK120 SE & 1967 Jaguar E-Type

December 14th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , |

Roger Munns’ passion for Jaguars, and more specifically the XK120, began when he spotted famed Kiwi crime writer, Dame Ngaio Marsh, driving down Oxford Street in Christchurch at the wheel of her black XK120 fixed head coupé, coincidentally driving right past Archibald Motors’ Jaguar dealership. Only 13 at the time, Roger thought: “What a [...]