• 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 [...]

  • Motorman created this fantastic split cover shot for its July 1970 issue to illustrate Coppins and Dawson being crowned dual champions

The Frank Bryan/Red Dawson Shelby Mustang Part TWO

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

Norm Barry took possession of his Mustang in June 1967. It was tested a couple of times at Willow Springs, before Barry and an unknown co-driver raced it at the Riverside 6 Hour event, in early July, under the name El Sugundo. Kiwi Bruce Newell crewed on the car. The pair finished second. Before shipping [...]

  • Always ready for a photograph – and with a smile

Paul Fahey: 
A Racer’s Racer!

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

On Saturday, November 16, 1963 the New Zealand motor-racing establishment converged on Blenheim for the start of the 1963/1964 season on the street circuit out at Renwick. There were a lot of questions to be answered at this meeting because plenty had been happening during the winter months. For the followers of single-seater racing there [...]