• Lakeside views at Te Anau

Porsche Passion Pt2

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

One early trip to Auckland before I had my Porsche, I met up with Percy Janson from Otane, Hawkes Bay (aka Captain Peter Janson of the Federal Hotel, later Windsor Hotel, Melbourne), diplomat and racing car driver. At that time he lived in Portland Road, Remuera, and owned, as well as other cars, a 1960/61 [...]

  • From the very first day, the Porsche was everything to me!

Porsche Passion Pt1

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

I had been a Porsche fan since my first sighting of a red 356A in 1959, as I biked back to my boarding school from church, in Napier. Even now, as one thinks back to the late 1950s, Porsches were always so smooth and squat in comparison to any other cars – also faster and [...]

Porsche and the 356 Celebrate Their 70th Anniversary

September 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

In June 1947 Ferdinand Porsche allotted project number 356 to a new car design he was working on at his factory in Gmünd. This new car was to be built with Volkswagen parts – all that was available to Porsche in those immediate post-war years. During March 1948 the first Type 356 car (356–001) was [...]

  • Contemporary advert for the Spitfire Mk III

The Cass Files – Sports & GT Cars

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

By late 1967, sports and GT coupé fans here in New Zealand were eagerly awaiting sightings or considering purchase of some of the 1966–67 new models from Britain and Europe. We had read about them in Motorman and seen the road reports in UK Autocar and Motor magazines as well as in Wheels and Modern [...]

Keeper Porsche

April 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

With autumn upon us, it’s comforting knowing that we’re heading into one of the best seasons for classic motoring. In my opinion, the golden tree-lined roads, cooler temperatures and clear crisp days are ideal conditions for any classic driver. In fact, it was the genuine pleasure of real classic driving that brought Richard McGowan to [...]

Daily Driver

April 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

I may have said it before, but I’ll say it again: I am biased. I like Porsches. Always have, always will. I’ve never driven a Porsche I haven’t liked and I’ll go as far as to say that they’ve never made a bad car. Certainly there’ve been a couple which may not have been as [...]

1970 Porsche 914/6 – Porsche with a Difference

August 10th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Not a few years ago, in a previous life, I lived in New Plymouth. My flatmate, who owned the house we occupied was trying to sell the place and I was killing time on a Sunday morning while the real estate agent held an open home. It was time to do what all guys [...]