November 22nd, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Having started his working life designing trucks, Vittorio Jano – an Italian of Hungarian descent – was hired by Alfa Romeo in 1923 as their chief engineer with a specific brief to produce race-winning cars. Jano easily showed that he was up to this task – his first design being the straight-eight P2 racecar [...]

Swallow T Car

August 6th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The first MkV T Car — #250 — was sent to Australia in 1996 and experienced some success. That first car went to Bill Walters who was appointed as Alternative Cars’ Australian distributor. This model featured some further developments but mostly of a cosmetic nature. One major development, however, involved a change in power [...]

  • A photo from the Editor’s personal files showing him enjoying a spot of wind-in-the-hair driving at the wheel of an MX-5-powered T Car in 2005.

T Car Experience

August 6th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I first met Russell Hooper, the man behind the T Car, during the winter of 1996 when, on a perishing cold Auckland morning, I found myself booked in for a test drive in one of these iconic, Kiwi-built kit cars. By that time in the T Car’s evolution, all memories of its backyard beginnings [...]