The Ransley Riley MkI

February 29th, 2020|Tags: , , |

The Ransley Riley’s origin as a racing car came about due to a set of bizarre circumstances. The story passed down refers to the day that Don Ransley was driving to Dunedin at the end of 1947 in a post war 2.5-litre Riley. During that trip he was passed by a pre-war Riley Kestrel saloon. [...]

  • V4-powered Saab 96 very much at home in the snow of Sweden

Saab’s Rally Experience

October 4th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Fulvio Bacchelli driving a Fiat Abath 131 won the 1977 Rally of New Zealand, but considerable attention went on the Finnish driver Ari Vatanen who took part in a Ford Escort RS1800. Vatanen finished second after having dropped from first place on day one to 32nd following an off-road excursion. Vatanen, who was to become [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Saab 96s taking part in a New Zealand Classic Motoring Society Southern Tour

Sharpie’s Saabs

May 8th, 2019|Tags: , |

I first met Graeme Sharp during our teenage years. It was at a time when we were both enthusiastic members of the Christchurch-based Rallies and Trials Enthusiasts Club. In those days we helped ourselves to monthly doses of navigational trials, gymkhanas and the odd day at Ruapuna racetrack. Graeme’s mode of transport was a Cortina [...]

  • 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 [...]

Royce Bayer’s ‘Bello’

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

In a ceremony that would be a match for even the most exotic and modern car launch, Royce, in front of family and invited friends, pulled the covers off a very special creation: his own hand-created ‘Bello’ single-seater racing car, one made in the mould of racers from the 1950s, a time when engines were [...]

  • John Jacobson with the car in its original condition at New Brighton Beach

Peter Leversedge’s 1949 Stuart V8 Special No. 77

September 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

Peter’s desire to go racing originated with an exciting trip to Christchurch’s then only speedway at Aranui as a small boy. Quick on the heels of the speedway experiences came the Mairehau street race, a venue that circled his family home. [This was a path very similar to my introduction to motor racing and something [...]

  • Otago Classic Rally podium – John Silcock/Grant Marra (Mazda RX-7), Regan Ross/Samantha Gray (Ford Escort RS1800) and Deane Buist/Karl Celeste (VW Golf) (Photo Alison Kerr)

Classic Rallying

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

Rallying is enjoying resurgence at a national level, but the classic component of this type of competition has developed its own unique status in a similar manner to circuit racing classics. This is especially evident in the annual Otago Rally, with the 2018 edition boasting a bumper field of 50 classic cars within an overall [...]

  • Alan’s ‘Mk I’ at Timaru (Photo Euan Cameron)

Alan Inglis’ Broadspeed Escort Replica

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

Fifty-three years ago Alan Inglis spotted a Palmer & Doak-prepared 105E Anglia in a Christchurch car yard. At that time, this Rangiora Ford dealership modified 105E Anglias (among other cars), repowering them, fitting widened rims, upgrading gearboxes and installing disc brakes as well as tweaking carburettors and exhaust systems. As he gazed longingly at that [...]

  • Jeremy and an old friend

Jeremy Stace’s Jaguar E-Type

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

The common expression ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ can certainly be attributed to Enzo Ferrari’s thoughts on Jaguar’s E-type as, on first sighting the car, il Commendatore was reported to have called it “the most beautiful car ever made”. He wasn’t the only one that had these thoughts after the original E-type [...]