How to Restore a Historic Race Car on a Budget – and Survive! Part 2: The Three Rs – Restoration, Regulations and Racing

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

Following a thorough examination by Collier Motor Engineers (CME) in Levin, my BMC single-seater project proved to be more than the simple reassembly task I had originally envisaged. At this stage (as stated in Part One of my tale) Sean, a newcomer, joined the CME team and was tasked with restoring the BMC’s chassis. At [...]

BMC Mk II Formula Junior – How to Restore a Historic Race Car on a Budget – and Survive!

October 15th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

The principal catalyst for this restoration project was probably the thought that it might be great to do something that would compensate for New Zealand’s loss of many of its old race cars from the 1950s and 1960s, especially given that many enjoyed their main racing life on our local raceways. So, at the back [...]

The Normac Special: 
Rebirth of a Kiwi Special

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

People sometimes wonder why New Zealand’s auto racing history is so much a history of ‘specials’ or near ‘specials’. A major reason behind these types of cars related to import controls imposed by the government that restricted access to imported parts and equipment, to conserve foreign currency and to develop local industry. The difficulties [...]