2017 Swallow 100 Mk III

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

One cold and frosty day during the winter of 1996, I found myself settling into the leather-lined cockpit of a locally built T Car in preparation for a road test of the Kiwi-built roadster. Russell Hooper, the main driving force behind Alternative Cars – the Auckland-based company that had designed and developed the T Car [...]

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 [...]