Birth Year BMW

June 23rd, 2020|Tags: , , |

For the majority of classic car owners, the cars they own and enjoy represent a specfic period in time. That can relate to a time of amazing style and design or a one when huge developments and progress were being made on the automotive engineering front. For others it’s all about a car that reminds [...]

Horsepower ’80s-Style

February 29th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

As we settle back into our routines after the Christmas break, I find myself making resolutions and planning for the year ahead. It is my favourite time of the year, looking at a relatively clear diary and not knowing what the year will hold. For many it is a time where car projects gain a [...]

Young Gun – Memorabilia and Collectibles

December 8th, 2019|Tags: , |

Before 2019 becomes a distant memory, Andrew takes time to reflect on the year that was; the cars that moved through his Motor House doors and the people that made it all worthwhile. As you would have read in my ‘Young Gun’ articles, people are drawn to a particular car for a certain reason. The [...]

The Bavarian Boomerang

October 5th, 2019|Tags: , , |

Many of us have owned the same classic car twice in our lifetime. Some of us have regretted going back as our rose-tinted memories can mislead us as to how good that first experience actually was. I am guilty of this and must say that twice I have re-purchased a past vehicle and both times [...]

  • The Humber as it is today at Gavin's long-time residence in Governors Bay almost 60 years after restoration.

Young Gun – Humble Humber

July 8th, 2019|Tags: , , |

Gavin Bain was only 14 when his father took him to see the start of a VCC rally in front of the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue. He vividly remembers seeing the cars lined up in front of the impressive gothic revival building. “I thought, crikey I wouldn’t mind something like that!” The thought, however, [...]

Young Gun – Top Cat

May 8th, 2019|Tags: , , |

For many of us our childhood memories help shape and mould us into the people we are today. I know that I certainly am drawn to special places, people, things and cars that were a part of my life while growing up. For some, memories are better than the reality, but for others the reality [...]

Mini Man

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

Years ago in the living room of his family home, James Robinson was playing with a toy car. “I always liked cars but I was not really a huge car person,” James explained to me, but at the age of 18 that all changed. At that time, James’ father purchased an original one-owner 1967 Morris [...]

Crown Prince

December 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

As I pull up the drive of the Dawber family property it is not long before my eye is caught by the late afternoon sun glinting on the chrome work of an unfamiliar car slowly being enveloped by grass and moss. The chrome parts I can see are set off by a patchwork quilt of [...]

  • Anthony Leigh in his Ford GT40, winner of last year’s Hawkswood sprint

Young Gun – Tim Stanton

October 26th, 2018|Tags: , |

I had gone to see Tim to discuss the upcoming Hawkswood Festival of Speed Sealed Sprint. Tim has not only competed in this epic hillclimb since day one but has also had the pleasure of working on many of his clients’ cars that have competed, and in many cases have achieved the fastest times of [...]

Young Gun – Nick Young’s TVR Chimaera

September 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Nick Young and his TVR are quite the exception to this statement. Having owned some interesting classic cars and motorbikes over the years, Nick knew what he didn’t want when it came to purchasing a new toy, but the finer details of what he really wanted were only evident when he set his eyes on [...]