Dallas Rankine - 1995 Ducati SuperMono
Dallas has raced motorcycles for 30 years in New Zealand and overseas. Best championship result was finishing runner up 'Open Class' in 1980. He is recently retired from Classic Racing. Long racing involvement with Ducati bikes in NZ as a rider and then sponsor. Team riders included NZ champions Paul Pavletich and the late Robert Holden.
1995 Ducati SuperMono - This machine is one of only 68 made over a three year period by Ducati, making it one of the rarest customer race bikes ever offered by the factory. Primarily designed to compete in the European single cylinder championship series, the 582cc 4 valve desmodromic fuel injected engine features an unusual twin con rod articulated counter balance system which allows maximum revs to exceed 11000. This was unheard of for such a large single. Peak power is 75hp at 10000rpm, with a top speed in excess of 250kph, due somewhat to it's very slim profile. Extensive use of carbon fibre keeps the weight down to 115kg.
With the late Robert Holden riding, this bike topped the practice leader board in it's class at the 1996 Isle of Man TT. The previous year Robert won the same class on a sister bike to this one. Sadly Robert died at that '96 TT, during practice on another machine. This SuperMono also won several NZ titles in the hands of Rodney O'Connor. Only two such examples of this fine and rare racing Ducati are in New Zealand.
Jim Richards - 1992 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evaluation
Jim has competed in many races through the years. Things like the Silver Fern Rally, Heatway Rally's and Saloon Car Racing at Stock Car Meetings. He was the back to back NZ Saloon Car Champion in 1971 and 1972. During that time, he was also the back to back champion of the Benson and Hedges race. He was also a 7-time champion at Bathurst 1000 race, an 8-time champion of the Targa Tasmania rally and a 4-time Nation's Cup Championship, Australia. He has also won many other races throughout his long career.
1992 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evaluation - This is a group A Race Car. The original Group A example from the 1992 DTM (2.5lt engine example). Limited race history over its life, but an original example none-the-less. Livery is as per the 1992 DTM Schnintzer entry for A. Heger.
Roy Rowe - 1938 V8 60 Special
Roy was born 1942 and lived in Hamilton nearly all his life. His first car was a 1930 Ford Model A that he purchased when he was 16. He joined NZ Vintage Car Club at that time and has been a member for 54 years. Roy has owned a wide variety of early Fords and V8s, Lincoln Zephyrs and more recently delved into vintage racing machinery - speedway midget, hill climb sprinter, both fitted with V8 60 engine and driven in a few vintage hill climb and circuit race meetings.
1938 V8 60 Special - This car was built up at the turn of the century as a period special from the 1930s using an American 1938 Ford V8 60 engine, 2.3 litre, 136cu.in.; 1938 Lincoln Zephyr 3 speed gear box, with 1940 English Ford front and rear axles and steering box; using transverse springs and cable brakes; aluminium body. It has competed in several vintage hill climbs and circuit race meetings during the last 10 years.
Nick Ross - 2013 Holden VE TLX
NZV8 Driver Currently 3rd in Championship
2013 Holden VE TLX - Brand new January 2013. Built by Concept Motorsport to contest NZV8 Championship.
Carl Ruiterman - 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Carl Ruiterman is one of New Zealand's most accoladed drivers in Professional Drifting. Driving in the national and international pro drift circuit now for his seventh season, Carl re-confirmed his skill and ability at the 2012 World Drift Championship, China by qualifying in 2nd place against some of the world's greatest. Skilled in the art of pushing a car to it's limits and handling this with precision in it's most out of control state, Carl will be putting on a spectacular show for the Leadfoot crowds again in 2013 with his GT Radial Subaru 'Ken Block' style gymkhana WRX.
2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STI - The GT Radial Subaru WRX was dreamt from concept and built solely by Carl himself after campaigning his RWD Nissan Silvia titles in NZ and offshore. With the WRX shell and running gear acquired from Possum Borne Motorsport, Carl (also a full-time performance mechanic and co-owner of E&H Motors, Pukekohe) poured hundreds of man hours into development and completion of the 4WD next-generation drift project. Built to emulate a multi-purpose capability across several disciplines of Motorsport, Carl features the WRX nationally in Gymkhana, Rally-Cross, Drift, Hill-Climb and tarmac rally events. Packing a punch from it's EJ20 factory head with 2.5l block and powered by Gull Force Pro E85 with thrust from it's Borg Warner EFR turbo and handling from it's KAPS sequential gear system, the you'll be seeing all 450kw from the Subaru in full flare at Leadfoot this March.
Timothy Rush - 1972 M22 McLaren
First drove a single seater around Manfeild at the age of 3 and from then on petrol has flown though the veins, Mazda Mx5 and then moving into a faster Morris Minor powered by a Toyota twin cam and then into supercharged Chevron sports car, with class wins 3 years in a row. Then Dad (Terry Rush) brought the FM4 Begg F5000 and since then driving experence's has grown with the other cars in the Rush Collection.
1972 M22 McLaren - Brought brand new from Mclaren by Tom Jones in USA, brought to NZ by Tony Roberts in 2007 from the Mathews Collection in USA, added to the Rush Collection Feilding NZ in 2008. Driven in historic events, in Australia and New Zealand by Tim Rush.
Alastair Russell - 1972 McRae GM1/02
Raced Porsche 911's in PCNZ series in the late ninetys till 2004 the the F5000 from 2006 onwards.
1972 McRae GM1/02 - McRae GM1/002 was built for Evan Noyes to race in 1972. It was raced in the US in 1972, the Tasman series in 1973, and the US Formula A championship in 1973. Thereafter GM1/002's custodians were Jim Sechser and then Fred Schilpin, who retained it until 1996, when it was restored and subsequently owned by Roger Williams in NZ. In 2006 the car was purchased from Roger by Alastair Russell.
Nigel Russell - 1960 FMZ Formula Junior
An avid collector, restorer and competitor of Formula Junior, Nigel beside the FMZ has previously restored and competed in an Emeryson Elfin FJ. Described by a friend as having “Formula Junior Tragedy”, currently he is working on restoring two other formula Junior projects; The 1960 Front engine Stanguellini Formula Junior he recovered from Mexico, that had been owned and run in the Mexican Formula Junior races by Ricardo and Pedro Rodriguez. The second project recovered recently from the USA is the Chequered Flag built Gemini Mk3 FJ which was driven for the team by Geoff Duke, Tony Maggs, Sir John Whitmore and Peter Ashdown and subsequently for Gemini Racing team in the USA by Charlie Kolb. Nigel is actively involved with the NZ Formula Junior Register; currently organising the Formula Junior local and international competitors for the coming ENZED, Skope and Evolution Classics (Southern Festival ) events in early 2013. He is the Historic Racing and Sports Car Club registrar and is also a MSNZ Historic Commission member.
1960 FMZ Formula Junior - Constructed in New Zealand in 1960 by Alan MacDonald, at the then Whakatane Board Mills whilst he was still an Apprentice. The FMZ was the only front engine Formula Junior car built and raced in New Zealand. The design for the FMZ was carried out by MacDonald aboard a yacht on a delivery voyage to San Francisco in 1959. FMZ stands for Paul Fafeta, the engine builder, Alan MacDonald, the constructor and Harry Zanden, the body jig builder though the alloy body was constructed by Graeme dart, an Aircraft fitter. The FMZ has a BMC A series 1100 cc motor of approximately 85 b.h.p and BMC close ratio gearbox. Rear drive train is Independent, comprising a cut down Ford 10 axel and differential and sliding articulated drive shafts. Brakes are aluminium/Steel Bi metal drums all round, inboard at rear, all constructed by MacDonald.
The FMZ took part in the New Zealand drivers race at the Levin International GP in 1961, Pukekohe, 9th International in 1962 and 12th International in 1965. Nigel rescued the car in 1979 and since restoring it it has been extensively raced and hill climbed in New Zealand and at Phillip Island, Calder and Eastern Creek circuits in Australia.
Danny Ryan - 1919 Lancia Kappa Sport
Danny has been restoring vehicles since the late 1970's. He is an avid restorer with an eye for detail. Each restoration has many hours of research searching for the most correct syle or design of each part. The reward is the enjoyment everyone receives when seeing these vehicles in use on the roads, whether it is race track, hill climb events or touring the country.
1919 Lancia Kappa Sport - Found in 1970's at Donnelly's Crossing, Northland, New Zealand. It was restored 2001.
Michael Sexton - 1970 Ford Escort Mk1
Michael came to motor sport later in life but has now been racing for many years. He has competed in numerous Targa and other tarmac rallies and also classic race meetings in NZ. He has also been lucky to have raced in Europe at circuits such as Monza, Imola, Dijon, Spa and Jerez and have also competed in several tarmac rallies in Spain, France and Italy as well as recently competing at Barbagallo in Perth, W.A. and Eastern Creek, NSWs.
1970 Ford Escort Mk1 - This car started its life as a rally car first competing in the Heatway Rallies and then in the first ever Targa NZ event in 1995. The car was converted to a circuit car in the late 90's but the underside still gives testament to the cars gravel rally origins. It has been in my ownership for the last 10 years and it has been extensively campaigned during that time. Over its life it has had many engine options including BDA, Crossflow, Pinto and now it runs with a 2.4 litre DOHC Ford Holbay on twin SP50 Webers that drives through a straight cut gear set.
George Sheweiry - 1969 Ford Boss 302 Mustang
George started racing when he was 16 after purchasing the ex Robbie Francevic GTHO that he ran in a few Castrol GTX series races. He then bought the Richards Sidchrome Mustang and ran that in the Sports Sedan series and at the same time he bought a Falcon Cobra that he ran in the Penzoil Production supercar series.George then raced the ex Francevic Metro magazine GpA falcon. He also built up a Z28 Camaro for the Production Muscle Car series that my brother Clive and I started. At the same time I built a 65 Mustang to run in Pre 65 and managed to win the series 2 yrs in a row replacing it with a mercury Comet that he built in 1998. George then built his own Transam Mustang and ran that for a few seasons till he sold it and bought the ex Richards/ Silvester Tranzam.
1969 Ford Boss 302 Mustang - The Sidchrome Mustang was built by Murray Bunn in Auckland for Jim Richards to contest the BNSW series in 1971. It is powered by a mid mounted dry sumped 366 Gurney Weslake V8 engine with 4 x 48mm IDA webers thru a 4 spd close ratio toploader gearbox to a 9" full floater Detroit Locker diff with 4 bar watts linkage on sliding leaf springs, it has konis and AP 4 pot clipers all round with 15x15 rear rims and 15x11 fronts. Jim won the NZ saloon series in the car then in 1974 shipped it to Australia to compete in the $100,000.00 Marlborough series. He was also very successful in that series and eventually sent the car back to NZ when he recieved his new Falcon Sports sedan again built by Murray bunn. I bought the Mustang from Jim in 1977 and raced it in the NZ sports sedan series till 1984 and has sat while I have raced in other classes and added to my collection of 28 cars. George is just finishing a 2 year full restoration of the car.
Martin Short - 2013 Toyota Camry V8
Martin was the NZ Formula Ford Champion in 2009/2010 and finished 5th in the 2006 World carting championship in Potugal.
2013 Toyota Camry V8 - New for the 2013 Motorsport NZ Summer Series NZV8 Championship.
Grant Silvester - 1938 Chevrolet Coupe
Grant started racing back in '92 with Mazda RX 7 class racing, known now as Pro7 RAcing. He raced for several seasons winning the championship and doing many endurance based races on NZ tracks. Then he moved to NZ TransAm racing which he ran a Ford Mustang car that was previously race by Jim Richards. He won the NZ TransAm championship then with some new found enthusiasm, he took his car to the USA to run in the SCCA TransAm rounds in Texas, LasVegas, Laguna and San Diego. Now he enjoys the driving and display of the Old Coupe of Dads and look at his job as the cars 'caretaker' until his sons take over!
1938 Chevrolet Coupe - The coupe was one of several Grant's late father, Ron Silvester, owned and raced in the sixty's. This car was built by a very good friend and work mate of his, named Jim Walker. Jim was such a meticulous engineer and would hand make anything needed for the car and as with all passions working 24 stints to build the car up after an insidence was 'fun' for Jim. Sadly both have passed away or the stories could be on going for ever. The Coupe was badly damaged in a race at Ruapuna where Ron got his jandels stuck under the pedals. This caused a panic in the time to get the damaged car ready for a race that was to be two weeks from the time of the crash, so whilst Ron was getting repaired in hospital with a damaged shoulder etc Jim was building the car to race again. The Coupe had some great wins over that period . The car is all steel and original 1938 solid beam front suspension with a 1955 Chev diff with 3.72 ratio detroit locker unit, Muncie 4 speed rockcrusher box with Tilton triple plate clutch unit, Chev 327ci engine that has been bored and stroke in the '60's to 370ci. The main feature being the original 6 x 2 barrell '97' stromberg carbs that feed the engine.
Ralph Smith - 1955 Lycoming Special
Ralph has been involved in Classic Racing for 37 years, driving car such as the Lycoming 1955/56 H.W.M. single seater 1951, Lola T70 1966 and Rhubarb 111 1975. He was the founding member of The Classic Motor Racing Club.
1955 Lycoming Special - The Lycoming is considered one of NZ's most historic Racing cars by its racing record, having been designed constructed and raced by Ralph Watson. Its design is totaly unique with all main components having been highly modified which includes a hand built fuel injection system.
It has been raced in the U.S.A. and Australia on several occaisions. It has been driven by Bruce McLaren and Jimmy Clark. The car has been featured in major classic car magazines world wide.
Rayden Smith - 1968 Ford Escort Twin Cam
Rayden started competing in club events in a Singer special at age 16 and has owned and raced the ex - Jim Richards Willment Escort twin cam since 1990.
1968 Ford Escort Twin Cam - Built by John Willment Group for Mike Crabtree early 1968. Mike won the 1969 2ltr Grp 5 class of the British Saloon Car Championship. Jim Richards raced her very successfully in NZ through 1970/71/72.
Craig Stacey - 1971 AMC Javelin & 1965 Ford Breadvan Anglia
Weekend Racer , started racing 1999 , Production Muscle Car Club with a Big Block Mustang. Then decided to build Replica Trans am Penske/Donohue Javelin. Mark Donohue won 7 of the 9 Trans am races in 1971. Donohue had influence in the AMC body shape of the 1971 model with the large fenders for bigger rubber and the air spoilers front and rear.
1971 AMC Javelin - Started build in 2000 , 3 year build. Transam Replica. Mark Donohue won 7 of the 9 Trans am races in 1971. Donohue had influence in the AMC body shape of the 1971 model with the large fenders for bigger rubber and the air spoilers front and rear.
1965 Ford Breadvan Anglia - Original car raced by Saloon Car Champion Paul Fahey in 1965. Nicknamed the Breadvan Anglia. Lotus Twin cam engine and running gear.
Don Suckling - 1948 Ford Gee Cee Ess
Donald Suckling has been a member of The Vintage Car club of New Zealand for over 50 years. He first started racing and hillclimbing in 1970"s with his very original polished aluminium bodied 23/60 Vauxhall Tourer attenting the inurgural VCC Race meeting at Pukekohe. He obtained the Late George Smiths Famous No 44 Ford Powered Gee Cee Ess Special in a heap of bits from Bill Clark of Christchurch in 1979 and began putting it together to what the car is today. Donald is the only person apart from the late George Smith to regulary drive the car and has won many events including Hill Climbing, Sprints and Circut Racing. The Gee Cee Ess is most suited to shingle hill climbs and only a very few people have ever beaten Donald on shingle they being Bill Veitch of Otago on a BSA scrambler motorcycle at Dunedin and Peter Henry on a BSA & Sidecar on Ashly Forest Hillclimb.
1948 Ford Gee Cee Ess - The Ford Gee Cee Ess Special began its life as a Western Springs Midget in the 1937 / 38 racing season as number 44. Built by the Pioneer of New Zealand Motor Racing the late George Smith and his mechanic the late Tom Sheehan the car was made up of Model A and Model Tee bits and pieces and powered by a Model A Ford Motor. In 1948 George decided it was time to build a car for Road Racing, Sprint Events, Hill Climbs and Circut Racing. The front and back end of the chassis was cut up and new chassis rails folded and welded to the Model T chassis housing.Ford V8 brake drums were fitted to the Model A front axle and back axle, the Model A crown wheel and pinion adapted to fit the Ford V8 diff housing, Ford V8 gear box modified and fitted to a Ford V8 modified motor. The radiator was build by George Mahalivich of Auckland, the Fuel Tank built byCharlie Galbraith Plumbers of Henderson and the skuttle rear body panels taken off the old midget number 44 and adapted to fit the current Gee Cee Ess by Auto Parts Panel Shop Auckland. In its first event in Taeri Otago (complete with V8 Hubcaps) the car driven by George won the event. It then went onto win in 1952 - 53 season the New Zealand Sprint Car Championship, The New Zealand Road Racing Championship, The New Zealand Hill Climb Championship and the New Zealand Beach Racing Championship. When George retired the car was sold to Frank Shuter of Christchurch, raced once for the opening of Ruapuna Raceway then dismanteled and on sold by Franks son Rod in a heap of bits to Bill Clark of Christchurch. In 1979 I negotiated with Bill to become custodian of the car and rebuilt the heap of bits to it to its current Road Racing Form with the help of several friends to obtain bits for the Gee Cee Ess. Since 1983 the car has been raced by myself winning numerous Hill Climbs and Sprint Events throughout the country for over 30 years. The car is now owned by the Herrick Family Trust and I have a lease over the car for 10 years. The only thing missing is the original grill stolen from my house in Paraparumu and the set of Ardun Heads which are in safe hands of the current owner of one of Georges other cars the Allard Sports Car in Queenstown.
Peter Sundberg - 1990 Ferrari F40 & 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C Monza
Peter Sundberg's racing career started in the seventies, where he was fortunate to gain full sponsorship competing in those "golden days" when race meetings attracted sell out spectator crowds. He competed with distinction, gaining a reputation, usually justified, as a somewhat wild and spectacular driver. Car of choice back then was the venerable Lotus Twin Cam Escort, highly modified, air to say however, not sophisticated compared to what is available these days. Peter has also rallied, both on gravel, in a Rotorsport prepared Mazda RX3 and on Tarmac in a Ford Escort Cosworth and then in a very quick Group B MG Metro 6R4, both in NZ and Ireland. He has also competed in classic motorcycle racing, on a Manx Norton, Moto Guzzi or MV Agusta 4 cyl. He is currently driving the ex Kevin Bartlett John Walker Lola 332 in the F 5000 series. This weekend sees a change of machinery, the beautiful 1932 Alfa Romeo with its supercharged 8 cyl engine, then a complete contrast with a 1990 Ferrari F40. Interestingly ,both these models had direct links to Enzo Ferrari himself, he ran the Alfa Romeo racing team in the early 30's and the F40'was the last car Ferrari had a direct influence in the design of.
1990 Ferrari F40 - To celebrate 40 years of Ferrari, Enzo Ferrari had his design team create a supercar that translated racing car technology to the road. Furthermore, it was built with only the most essential systems and in many regards is a supercar with functional simplicity. It was also the last car developed and built under Enzo's direct supervision before he died.
1932 Alfa Romeo 8C Monza - The dominant racing car in the early 30's, the Alfa Romea team was run by Enzo Ferrari prior to the manufacture of his own marque. Truly a piece of Italian mechanical artistry, this particular car is powered by a straight eight supercharged 2.6 engine. In its day capable of winning almost every event in which it entered. A complete contrast to the Ferrari F40 which Peter is also driving up Rod's driveway this weekend.
Trevor Taylor - 1974 AMF Harley Davidson RR350
Trevor bought his first motorcycle in 1970 as a 15 year old, a Puch 150 scooter and he has bought approximatly 90 more to date. Started racing motorcycles in 1973 on a Yamaha TD1B and progressed to a 350cc TR2 the same bike once owned by Dick Waterer. He hung up his leathers in 1978 to get married, travel and raise his 2 daughters. Trevor started racing again in 1999 with a TZ350 Yamaha and has built up a collection of mainly Yamaha 2 stroke racing motorcycles since. He has had a good degree of success in recent years and gets great pleasure out of doing all my own work on the machines, racing with like minded people and especially competing against notable riders of the 1970s like Ginger Molloy, Trevor Discombe and Dick Waterer who he raced with as a youth back in the 1970's.
1974 AMF Harley Davidson RR350 - Harley Davidson bought the Aermacchi factory in Italy in the 1960s to build and supply small bikes to the American market. The majority of production were 4 stroke 250 and 350 singles including production racer versions. The 2 stroke racers were developed in the early 1970 to replace the aging single cylinder 250 and 350 4 stroke race bikes. Factory versions won multiple 250 and one 350 world championship in the 1970's.
Garth Thomas - 1964 Cooper T72 & 1953 MV Agusta Monoalbero Corsa 125cc
Garth Thomas, an IT Project Manager with Ford Motor Company, is a keen motor vehicle enthusiast. His many and diverse hobbies includes the restoration of classic and vintage vehicles. In his earlier years he competed in motorcycle circuit racing, which included competing with his farther's (Bryan Thomas) NZ designed and manufactured motorcycles and classic historic factory racers.
He has just recently progressed to driving his collection of restored classic performance vehicles and bikes on the race circuit.
1964 Cooper T72 - 1964 Formula 3 Cooper T72, (Chassis F3-1-64) this is the very first Formula 3 single seater race car manufactured by Cooper Race Cars UK (aka Mini Cooper fame), and sold to Daniel Richmond, owner of Downton Engineering UK. Downton Engineering was the premier performance engine and accessory company of 1950's 60's and 70's, they supplied performance accessories to the BMC mini enthusiast, they worked closely with BMC (British Motor Corporation) Competition department to develop Mini Cooper performance and race engines. This vehicle has been driven at prominent European Motor Racing circuits in 1964-1966, Prominent drivers such as John Rhodes and Rob Slotemaker have competed at Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Monaco, with a podium finish by Slotemaker at Zandvoort Holland. The car in 1968 was exported to the USA, where it was raced successfully in the SCCA track events, and was converted to the US spec Formula C livery. The Cars last USA race was in 1984 at Riverside California, it was then retired to a garage, only to be discovered after 25 years as a "Barn find", it was imported to New Zealand in 2007, and has just recently been restored to its original Formula 3 specification. The Cooper T72 is the same model which Jackie Stewart won his first British Grand Prix Series in 1964.
1964 MV Agusta Monoalbero Corsa 125cc - A Production factory racer which was developed from the successful 1952 World championship winning 125cc MV Agusta bialbero (double cam) bike ridden by Cecil Standford. Italian "Monoalbero Corsa" translates to "single overhead cam racer" it was developed by the factory as a race bike for privateers to purchase and race. This bike was purchased from a museum collection, and restored by Bryan Thomas to period condition as was delivered for racing in 1953. It is fitted with an original megaphone exhaust system which delivers a vibrant quivering sound of yester-year motorcycle racing.
Anne Thomson - 1906 Grand Prix Darracq
Anne’s competitive driving career began with her purchase of the Darracq in 2003. She had lusted after the car for some 20 years after seeing it in Christchurch in a derelict condition. She has been involved with driving and owning Vintage & Veteran cars for many years and the 14 litre Grand Prix Darracq was what every girl should own! After restoration was completed, in 2005, by Wallace McNair, Anne was invited by the Automobile Club of France to take the car to France to take part in the Centenary of the Grand Prix in June 2006. As the only known survivor of that first Grand Prix the Darracq was the centerpiece of the event which ran the cars around the original 107 km circuit and was widely demonstrated in France including a race around the inner streets of Paris, laps at the French Grand Prix and the 24 hour race at Le Mans. Anne also took her car to England in 2006 where she raced it with the very competitive Vintage Sports car club winning her class at Loton Park and Shelsley Walsh, a 4th at Mallory Park, 3rd at Goodwood Festival of Speed and winner at Prescott Hill Climb. In 2011 Anne ran the Darracq at Philip Island and ran demonstration laps at the Australian Grand Prix. She takes part in as many events locally as possible as she feels that as the current custodian of the very historic vehicle it is her pleasure to share it with other enthusiasts.1906 Grand Prix Darracq - Anne’s Darracq was built in 1906 as one of the Team Cars for the first Grand Prix held at Le Mans. The event was a 2-day affair running six laps of the 107km road circuit each day. The 3 Darracqs all withdrew with valve problems, but her car went on to America a few months later where it won the Vanderbilt Cup at Long Island, again being driven by Louis Wagner. This was the second win at this prestigious event for Darracq. In 1910 it was purchased by Malcom Campbell in England and christened Bluebird - the first of a long line of his cars, boats and aircraft so to be named. Campbell raced the car with success at Brooklands until selling it in 1914 to his friend Neville Minchin. In 1960 the engine was acquired by Bob Beardsley who set about the task of finding the correct parts to recreate the car into its original form. Although Bob never got the car to run he did succeed in piecing together the major parts into a rolling chassis, so saving the project. Anne’s pestering over a 20 years period finally saw its purchase in 2003 and complete restoration by her husband Wallace McNair. The car has been returned to its 1906 Grand Prix form but still incorporates some of the mods done pre WW1. Technical details; 4 cylinder 180mm x 140mm, 14.25 litre, 4 speed Darracq gearbox with 1.75:1 axle, top speed 100+ MPH at 1650 RPM.
Peter Thomson - 1911 LMC Touring 3.5 HP
Peter was born into a motorcycling family, motorcycling was in his blood, so it was no suprise when he got my first bike at age 12. It was a 1934 1200cc Harley-Davidson, no doubt the reason he has a passion for Harleys to this day. Owner of the Thomson Motorcycle Museum, a world renowned collection of about 300 bikes and associated memorabilia, initially started by his father, Andrew Thomson, who began collecting veteran and vintage motorcycles in 1946. My passion is now researching and recording New Zealand motorcycling history to preserve the stories for future generations.
1911 LMC Touring 3.5 HP - LMC stands for "LLoyd Motor Company" a business that was established in 1907 by the owner Mr W.J. Lloyd who had been involved in the motor/motorcyle industry right from the start in the late 1800's. This motorcycle is an unrestored 2 owner 500c.c. machine and is fitted with LMC's patented "Auto-varia" two speed gear. Purchased from the original owner in Napier during the early 1950's this motorcycle is now an exhibit in the Thomson Motorcycle Museum.
Dave Thompson - 1970 Ford XY GT Falcon
Dave has been competing since the mid 70's, mainly in rally at state, national and international events. He is the two-time Australian Rally Champion, winning the 2002 P4 2WD championship and the 2002 Australian Class championship. Now he enjoys competing in the Classic class of rallying in his Xy GT Falcon.
1970 Ford XY GT Falcon - The XY GT was built by Australian Rally Legend Barry Lowe. Barry Lowe competed in the State and Australian Rally Championships with the vehicle until the 1990. It won the State Championship the first year it competed, winning outright its first State Championship evert. It was then sold to Mark Taylor (husband of Toyota Rally team member Coral Taylor). Mark competed from 1991 to 1994 winning the P4 class Australian Rally Championship. It then went to an owner in Queensland that used it in Targa Tasmania. It was then sold to a wrecking yard in Perth, it was then bought back by Mark Taylor in 2004. Mark then sold it to me and a full restoration was undertaken to bring the car to its former glory.
David Thompson Sr. - 1968 Ford Escort Twin Cam
David Thompson, 63 retired, club racing in 1970s did 1 year Shell Sport. In 1997 he did Targa with his son, then they got back into racing on a regular basis, many events at Pukekohe, Taupo and Manfield. Racing in classic saloons and now he races historic saloon class.
1968 Ford Escort Twin Cam - This car was built by Jim & Ross Stone to contest under 1300cc class in the Bank of New South Wales championship, with a special 1300cc twin cam, built and developed by Jim. Then it was owned by Roy Harrington, raced in the under 2 litre Shell Sport championsip, with a 1598cc Brian Hart twin cam. It won 1982 & 83 under 2 litre championship. The car sat from 1984 until David purchased it in 2004 from Roy Harrington.The car has had a full rebuild using as many original component as possible. Only major items changed are the roll cage, seat and dry sump tank. The car now races in under 3 litre historic saloons.
Clive Thornton - 2010 Desert Dynamics Chev Class 1
Clive has been involved in offroad racing on and off over the last 30 years but really renewed his interest when his son Max became involved as his co-driver in 2004. Over those years they built 3 cars together and raced them with the progression of him share driving this car at the Taupo 1000 in 2011 with his Son in Law Sam now in the co-drivers seat. This is truelly a family affair with his wife, Mary, daughter Stacey and now my his Grandson Tanner being hugely involved with the many race meetings. Clive has won the Taupo 1000 in 2009, the Woodhill 100 in 2008 and a 2nd and 3rd Place in The Woodhill 100 2012 & 2010.
2010 Desert Dynamics Chev Class 1 - American built Desert Dynamics 2 seater Class 1 Offroad Racecar imported from the USA in 2010 as rolling chassis installed Danzio built 6 Litre 383cu.in. Chev LS6 (450hp) and new Albins 5 speed sequential gearbox.
Runs 24inch of front suspension travel and 22inch rear. The top speed is 210kph.
Conrad Timms - 1992 BMW E30 M3
Conrad has been in motorsports for 20 years as a mechanic, engineer and a weekend warrior.
1992 BMW E30 M3 - BMW works 1992 DTM car.
Neil Tolich - 1970 Ford Capri V8
Neil was born in Te Awamutu in 1951. He has raced and rallied in Club events since he was 15 ( Valiant and Morris 1100) and competed regularly for 30 years in my Jag 3.8 and Porsche 356s. Over the past 10 years he has been competing in NZ and Europe in many varied events and race in all sorts of cars including my UK based Kiwi mates Ferrari 275GTB/c, Porsche Carrera Abarth and 2.7RS, BRM F1 car, Alfa GTA and TZ1 on many of Europe great circuits and rallies. In 2009 he took his own Kiwi 'Fleetwood' Mustang to Europe and raced it for a year, including winning the Spa 6 Hour Touring car race. In NZ he raced the Mustang, the Jocko FJ, Porsche 356 Speedster, and his beloved Ford Capri V8 Perana Targa and track car. The Capri is a standout car, winning many Targa Classic and circuit events. He is retired and lives in Auckland with Irena, and Lenny the mini Schnuazer. He has two grown up kids Ben and Hannah, and granddaughter Mila.
1970 Ford Capri V8 - The Ford Capri Perana V8 was made in South Africa from 1970 to 1973. The manufacturer, Basil Green, produced over 500 cars fitted with the 5 litre Mustang Windsor V8 which replaced the English V6 3 litre. The cars dominated South African saloon car racing and were formidable road cars being lighter and more powereful the the Mustang. In 2002, Neil Tolich asked Mal Clark at ByGone Autos in Auckland to build him a Targa rally car. The basis was a tired V6 Capri which was transformed into an orange 'Perana' V8. From its first outing 10 years ago it has been a winner with many Targa Classic wins, and has been placed as high as second overall in front of WRXs, Evos, GT3s and many other modern and classic Targa cars. It is also effective on the race track despite its higher and softer rally setup. The car is road registered and is a delight to drive hard and fast with 450hp.
Roger Townshend - 1972 Ford Cologne Capri
Roger started competing in a standard MK 1 Escort ( on crosply tyres) in South island shingle hillclimbs and Autocrosses. He watched many early rallies including early 70s Heatway international events in the South Island and became hooked on rallying. Navigated for a while and then he started rallying Datsun 1200s in the 1979 Westland rally where he won several mainland 0 to 1300cc championships in 3 differant 1200s. Upgraded to ex Paul Adams RS1800 BDA Escort in 86 and won mailand rally chanpionship overall. Continued to rally and race this car in many varied events including 3 memorable Wellinton street race sports and GT events (winning 2 of them). Went circuit racing in early 90s where he started the Mazda RX7 class which still survives to this day. Competed in the 1990 Nissan mobile race at wellington in a Corolla, 3 Targas in the Escort with 3 consecutive top ten places only spoilt by a big accident as a result of a compnent failure on the very last stage after 6 days while in 5th overall. Competed in an ex BTCC Honda Accord and Nissan Primera in the 99 Australian super tourer championship. Bathurst 24 hour in a BMW and Yellow pages 500 in NZV8s 2nd overall. Still have the Escort and continue to rally and race it. Along with the ex works Cologne Capri, and Trevor Crowes origional flathead V8 powered MGj2 special shared with my brother Geoff.
1972 Ford Cologne Capri - Built early 72 by the Ford works competition department as one of 3 chassis to compete against BMW Alfa Romeo and others in the European Touring Car championship. 330hp injected dry sumped V6, ZF gearbox, lots of Magnesium, Fibreglass and Perspex so only weighs 956kg. A very succesful car in Europe, the team cars won 16 out of the 17 qualifying rounds in 72 including a class win at Lemans 24 hour and this car won the Spa 24 hour race in 1972 (Hans Stuck/Jochen Mass) Drivers during the year also included Jackie Stewart, Gerry Birrel, Dieter Glemser. Purchased in 93 in totally origional as raced in 72 condition and restored by the owner early 2000. The ex Paul Fahey 73 ex works Cologne capri that we have owned for 26 years is well underway and will appear as it ran in the European Touring car championship and the NZ saloon car championship (winning in 1975).
Scott Tristram - 2009 Fraser Clubman S
Fraser Cars has been handcrafting sports cars for 25 years. After years working as a chassis builder for the business, Scott Tristram bought Fraser Cars with his wife, Ida, in 2006. It’s an exciting business with an amazing heritage built on true craftsmanship. We have brilliant craftsmen in New Zealand, as well as the great Kiwi ‘can-do’ attitude. This means we can keep the quality but still think creatively so we can deliver what people really want to drive. Scott actively competes in hill climbs, rallies, motorkhana and track events.
2009 Fraser Clubman S - For a modern sports car with plenty of grunt for the racetrack, the Fraser Clubman S is hard to beat. DMOFSR was built as a demonstrator for Fraser Cars in 2009. This Fraser Clubman S is powered by a Toyota 20V 4AGE.
Shane Van Gisbergen - 1999 Ford Falcon GT
Shane Van Gisbergen was born to race. From pestering his Dad Robert to buy him a Suzuki ATV at the tender age of five, to signing - at just 17 years of age - a contract to race V8 Supercars for top Ford team Stone Brothers Racing, the constant in his life has been competition. Raised on the rural fringe of New Zealand's largest city Auckland, Shane spent his formative years racing ATVs on natural terrain Motocross tracks and a Quarter Midget on speedway ovals before a brief but typically successful dalliance with karts and a year in the Formula First class courtesy New Zealand's SpeedSport magazine Scholarship programme saw his focus turn to tarmac. Since then he has been on a fast track to major league Australasian success, winning the New Zealand Formula Ford championship in 2006 and finishing a close second to teammate Daniel Gaunt in the Toyota Racing Series in 2007. Later the same year he signed a long-term driver contract with Stone Brothers Racing, making the V8 Supercar championship debut he has always dreamed about at the Oran Park round in August.
2002 Ford Falcon GT - 1999 ex Dean Perkins V8 Touring Car. Full aluminium Ford V8 Windsor. 456 cube and 780hp. 680 foot pound. Dart alloy bloke, D3 Nascar Heads, 4 speed gearbox, 9" diff. Currently set up as Drift Car.
Richard "Dickie" Waterer - 1963 Greeves Silverstone RAS 250
Dickie was born in Coventry, England in 1942 and emigrated to New Zealand 1955. He started motorcycling in 1957 and formed an interest in road racing, joining the Auckland Motorcycle Club in 1960 and taking part in local events. He went to UK in 1963 and purchased Greeves RAS and entered several events in England before competing in 1964 Manx Grand Prix in Isle of Man, finishing 19th in the Lightweight Manx Grand Prix. Dickie returned to NZ with Greeves and campaigned in NZ for 4 years with this machine. He then Imported a 1968 Greeves RES to NZ in that year, racing that around the country before switching to Yamaha 350 TD2 in 1971 and winning New Zealand TT at Pukekohe. He owned and raced 3 other Yamaha machines before retiring in 1974. Dickie started racing again in 1997 in Post Classic Racing with a 1977 Yamaha TZ 350 D machine which he had restored from bits and currently has a 1979 Yamaha TZ350 F model which is raced at three or four meetings per season.
1963 Greeves Silverstone RAS 250 - Purchased in England in 1963 by Dickie Waterer. Raced at Oulton Park, Snetterton, Silverstone and Ilse of Man. Imported into NZ by Dickie in 1964 and raced succesfully in most North Island road races. Sold in 1968 to make way for a new model. 250cc single cylinder two stroke. Based on production Villiers engine with Greeves designed crankshaft, cylinder barrel, head, piston and expansion exhaust. Four speed gearbox with close ratio gears. Greeves designed and built frame, Girling shocks and single leading shoe brakes front and rear. 18 inch alloy rims, shod originally with Dunlop racing tyres.
Donn White - 1971 Austin Mini Clubman GT
Donn White has a first hand involvement in motoring and motorsport that goes back 45 years. He started racing when he turned 18 and has worn a number of motorsport 'hats' over the years. He co ordinated events for sports cars on a ational level in the 1970's and then went on to be an enthusiastic promoter of events for classic cars when events were first staged for them in the 1980's. One of Donn's initial race category concepts has since morphed into the Leisure Time Series for classic cars and is still hotly contested by dozens of competitors. Donn also worked as a free lance motorsport photographer and journalist on both sides of the Tasman for nearly 20 years. A self confessed accumulator of many things motorsport Donn's fettling over the years has also resulted in his work receiving a number of awards. Donn won the Pomeroy Trophy at the International VCC meeting at Manfeild in 2012. He presently heads the Tauranga Mini Owners' Club that last year helped host the Mini Nationals with a good smattering of international entrants.
1971 Austin Mini Clubman GT - There are only 41 documented examples left known on both sides of the Tasman. Donn purchased this car new in June 1973 and raced it over the 1973/74 season before selling it. One of the 17 owners after that was Heather Spurle who used this Mini as her first competition car. Spurle is still the holder of the NZ Waterspeed record and was awarded a MBE for her motorsport involvement. Donn purchased this rare Mini back in 1990 as a 'basket case' and after a big restoration job has made a number of appearances at Classic and Historic meetings. The car has been restored back to road trim similar to how it was campaigned by White and Spurle in the 1970's.
Ray Williams - 2012 HyperCars NZ DSN390GT
Ray was nicknamed 'Racing Ray' by his 4 brothers when I passed the '100 race win total'. The total now stands at more than 300 victories, over 40 years of competing. He is still active in Classic and Endurance Racing and Driver Training.
2012 HyperCars NZ DSN390GT - The DSN390GT is the handcrafted work of Neil Gray, the vehicle has been in development for the past 7years. Powered by the very successful NZ-made Synergy V8 the DSN is a very high performance lightweight car. In the late 2012 they began testing the GT with drivers Jason Liefting and Ray Williams. Feedback to date has been very positive. In 2013 they will put the car into selected competition and fine tune for small scale production late in 2013.
Rob Williams - 1939 Ford Coupe
Rob started motor racing in a Ford Y in l957. He was a member of the Northern Sports Car Club, and took part in gymkhanas and grass track racing. Rob was apprenticed to RJ Bainbridge Panelbeaters at the time. Two years into his training, he bought a l939 Ford V8 Coupe Deluxe after watching Ted Thompson of Kumeu racing his 39 Ford Coupe at Ardmore in a support race to the NZIGP.
Rob started his own panelshop in l960 and in between jobs restored and customized some bodywork of his Coupe. He’s had a tremendous lot of fun taking part in rallies, circuit and grass track events, sealed hillclimbs, rallycross, sprints and mudplugs. Currently he is a member of the Historic Racing and Sports Car Club, running his l959 front engine Elva Formula Junior at all the circuits in New Zealand, also the Wellington Street Race in l994 and the odd hillclimb round the country. Speedway has been a great love. With a mate, Rob built a Dodge powered midget car and raced it at Western Springs. He was also part of the pit crew for Ian Holden in his V8 60, No. 76. Later on he owned a Jeep powered midget, No. 44 ex Barry Hanlon, and ran it with the Vintage Speedway Club at Rosebank Road, Avondale. Rob also owned and raced an Arnott Formula 3 car for a few years. It was built in England in l952, ran a JAP500 motor and Norton gearbox. Last year it was sent back to England where more competitive racing is available.
1939 Ford Coupe - Purchased in 1959, and restored by Rob. This Coupe was the Feature Car in the Hot Rod 500th issue magazine in November 2009.
Roger Williams - 1978 Mercedes 450sl
Roger has been racing for 12 years.
1978 Mercedes 450sl - 1985 australian sports sedan championship wining car reaced for many years in Australia and now New Zealand.
Will Williamson & Julie Loveridge - 1955 Triumph T110
After buying the outfit in 1973, Will has raced at every opportunity, at many types of events, including hillclimbs, street and road circuits, speedway, and even raced the bike as a solo. As well as riding, he is also chief mechanic. Julie had her first experience as a passenger in 2007, swinging for Will at Manfeild, and they have raced together ever since, winning the CMRR Classic Sidecar Championship the last four years. In 2008, they fulfilled Will's dream of racing on the Isle of Man, where they finished 9th in the Pre TT Classic. They carried on to make a 5 month overseas race tour, also taking in circuits in England, Wales, Scotland, Belgium France and the Netherlands.
1955 Triumph T110 - The bike left the Triumph factory in 1955 as a Tiger 110. Brought to New Zealand by an emigrating English doctor, it was sold in the early 1960's to Shorty De Malmanche of Pahiatua. Shorty added the sidecar, and with passenger Gary Binyon, raced successfully at circuits all over New Zealand, until they won the National Sidecar title in 1972. This is the last stock-framed, full-sized motorcycle with a sidecar bolted on, (and the last Triumph), to win the NZ Sidecar title. In 1973, El Tigre was sold to its current home in Whanganui, where it has been preserved in its original form, and raced in various branches of motorcycle competition ever since. Depending on what bits are broken, capacity can vary fron 650cc to 780cc, while the gearbox is either a 4- or 5-speed.
Noel Woodford - 1961 Gemini Mk3A Formula Junior
Noel attended his first race meeting in 1954 age 10 (AGP Southport, Queensland). In 1963 he attended the first Bathurst endurance race (Armstrong 500). 1964 was his first competition event in an early model Holden. Later drove GT Cortina and a modified Anglia. Started racing open sports cars in NZ from 1987. Rebuilt and raced successfully a 1964 Lotus Elan. Noel won the NZ Sports Car Championship 2006-7 and again in 2008-9 in his own designed and built car, which won the George Begg Trophy for Best NZ Special. Imported and rebuilt the Gemini Mk3A Formula Jnr, which turned out to be a Works car driven by Mike Parkes. Raced at the McLaren Festival 2011. In 2012, Noel won the Toll Formula Junior Grand Prix, at Levels Circuit, won the re-enactment of 1962 Australian GP at Perth International.
1961 Gemini Mk3A Formula Junior - This car was the third of nine Mk3A's built by the Chequered Flag organization in London in 1961. It's first race was at Goodwood in the X111 Chichester Cup 3 April, 1961 driven by Mike Parkes (who later raced F1 for Ferrari). As a team car, it had many races in the UK until 1 October 1961. It was then air freighted to the USA where it was raced at Riverside, California by Ed Leslie. It won at its first appearance on 14 October 1961. It was very successful racing against drivers such as Carroll Shelby, Roger Penske, Jim Hall and Pedro Rodriguez. In 2012, this car competed in the Formula Junior Grand Prix and the Re-enactment of the 1962 Australian GP at Perth International.
Allan Woolf - 1958 Volpini Formula Junior & 1964 Brabham BT9
A motorsport competitor for some 60 years. Firstly competing in the Auckland Car Club hillclimb series at Muriwai driving a 1933 Ford Y, 8 hp. Allan also ran this car in the Indianapolis and Hepolite car trials and gained a second overall finish. This little rocket ran in the Ardmore Grand Prix meeting in 1956 and also at the Ohakea airfield race. Many saloon car races followed eg. the GTX series driving a Holden GTR. In 1972 daughter Sue (later married to Paul Adams) was Allan’s co-driver in the Heatway Rally and the following year son John co-drove in a Ford Capri in the same event. A Triumph Vitesse was built up and this successful car travelled the length of New Zealand, in the later stages driven by John. Allan drove in many long distance races including the Benson & Hedges series with co-drivers Joe Hayes, Bill Beasley, Robbie Booth, Garry Pedersen. He also competed with son-in-law Paul Adams in a Toyota Sprinter in the Wellington Street series, Manfeild, and Pukekohe. Allan has raced the Production class in a Fiat 124 at Baypark and Manfeild and Pukekohe. The successful car of the Halliday Bros a Ford Escort was bought by Allan and with this vehicle he won the NZ Saloon Car Championship in 1975. At one point a new engine was ordered from the U.K. but the powers to be altered the rules and this engine was not eligible. However, with the addition of a smoky glass case it was turned into a fine looking coffee table in the Woolf household lounge. It became a talking point. In 1983, Rod Millen kindly made available an RX7 Mazda for Allan to drive at the Pikes Peak hillclimb event. It was an amazing experience and Allan won the Rooky of the Year in the rally car class which matched the efforts of his late son John in the same class in 1981. Allan returned to the event in 1984 and 1986 driving Rod’s 4wd RX7 cars and the experience provided some great memories. Not getting any wiser with age, in 1989 Allan purchased the Brabham BT9 from the Simpkin Bros in Sydney and so started another era. This car has been run the length of New Zealand and admired by many. The purchase of the Volpini in 2005 was added to the collection.
1958 Volpini Formula Junior - This car is one of just fifteen built. Chassis No’s 006 and 013 were the Volpini works cars, driven by Lorenzo Bandini, who went on to drive in Formula 1 for Ferrari. Bandini won the Italian Formula Junior Championship in 1959 with #013, including fourth place in Monaco. Count Johnny Lurani, the originator of the Formula Junior formula, then purchased the car. It spent the next three years as a “ Hire and Drive” racing car, years that included a spell of ice racing in Sweden. Lurani sold the car to Mr Lombardi in Genoa, northern Italy. His daughter Lella Bombardi, is still the only female Grand Prix driver to ever earn World Championship points. The car languished for a number of years, slowly falling into disrepair, until purchased in the mid- 1980s by Geoff and Barbara Manning. They brought it back to New Zealand where Geoff completely restored the car. It made its debut at the 1989 Ardmore Grand Prix re-union. Since then it has been raced in Historic meetings throughout New Zealand. It has won its class in the Thoroughbred & Classic Car Owners Club (TACCOC) Historic four times since 1990, driven by Geoff. Considering the Volpinis vintage with engine and drum brakes from the 1950s its 88 hp really does it proud. Perhaps the fact that it was designed by the great Gioacchino Columbo, who was responsible for the Alfa Romeo 158, among others, has something to do with the cars wonderfully handling characteristics. Geoff Manning built and raced specials in New Zealand before going to England in 1962. There he worked on historic, sports and racing cars, and for teams in Formula 1 and 2 and Group 6 sports cars, plus hillclimb and sprint cars. He built the awesome Cooper Chrysler with which Jonty Williamson won the 1970 British Sprint Championship. He worked as mechanic for Jaques Lafitte, Graham Hill, Bruce Mclaren, Chris Amon, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis (in Formula 2). He has prepared historic racing cars for Stirling Moss, John Harper, Richard Bond and Robert Cooper. He worked for the Ford competitions department in the 60s under Fords famous designer Len Bailey, and was chief mechanic for Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon in the team that won Le Mans with the GT40 in 1966. He was also involved with the development of the Mk. 1 Escort for racing. In 2004 Geoff and Barbara took the Volpini to Monaco for the Classic Grand Prix and an amazing achievement with Geoffs health failing. In 2005 the Volpini was sold to Allan Woolf and with its classic appearance attracts a lot of attention and great to drive.
1964 Brabham BT9 - Ford 4 cylinder, 1097cc, Hewland gear box. Period History: In May 1964, a party of British drivers left with their Formula junior cars for the Japanese Grand Prix, a 2 heat race round the 6km Suzuka circuit. One of the drivers was Mike Knight and with this car he won the second heat and was the overall winner of the Japanese Grand Prix. The car also ran at Macau . The victorious car returned to the U.K. for the summer racing (the Neinster trophy in Ireland and the Hawthorne trophy in Snetterton) before Bill Knight (Mikes father ) decided to sell it. The influential enthusiasts, Arsenio “Dodjie” Laurel, knew Bill Knight, and having seen the BT9 dominate at Suzuka arranged to purchase the car. The Brabham BT9 would begin a new chapter in Asia and given the “run what you brung” wide open Formula Libre rules that applied in Singapore, Selangor and Macau it was fitted with a larger twin-cam engine and was for a time called the BT10. It continued its successful life, the Brabham became redundant and abandoned in Singapore and later found in the jungle (the story goes) and later with a BT23C was loaded into a container for Sydney, Australia. The BT9 was sold to Gary Simpkin an ex Hawkes Bay boy and he restored it to its original BT9 Formula Junior specs., before selling it in 1992 to Allan Woolf (sight unseen) and has been raced throughout New Zealand and proved to be a very reliable car and a pleasure to drive.
Bevan Wright - 1989 Almac Cobra 427R
Bevan Wright has been a competitor in grass roots level Motorsport for the last 25 years, competing in street sprints, hill climbs and circuit racing. Bevan has had a passion for racing Minis, Escorts and his Cobra replica and enjoys racing and meeting other drivers at any level of the sport.
1989 Almac Cobra 427R - 1989 Shelby Cobra replica built by Graham Berry Race Cars as a purpose built race car in the classic race series. The Cobra has been a front runnner with the Whittakers Tuscan, Stew McCondacks Ferrari, raced against the Lighting Direct Porches and the PDL Mustang at Ohakea Airbase, and at the Wellington Street Race. The Cobra is powered by a 454 Chevrolet LS7, Hillborn Injected and Dry Sumped, running approcimately 650Hp. The bodywork is Kevlar.
Allan Wylie - 1936 Ford V8 Coupe
Allan is a Christchurch mechanic who has had an interest and minor involvement in motor sport ever since sneaking in to watch the Levin motor races at age 10. For the last 27 years he has worked at Auto Restorations in Christchurch, first as foreman mechanic and currently as general manager. His first involvement in motor sport was crewing for, and eventually driving, a TQ midget at Templeton speedway at age 18. Allan raced classic motorcycles for a few years and was a founder member of the BEARS motorcycle racing club. A career highlight was the time he spent helping his friend John Britten build and develop the first Britten motorbikes.
1936 V8 Coupe - Allan bought his 1936 Ford Coupe when he was an apprentice in 1969. It was pretty rough but he had plans to fix it up and modify it by fitting a hot Mercury engine, hydraulic brakes, etc and then enjoy driving it. This was duly accomplished and he's still enjoying driving it 44 years later. The car has been constantly refined over the years with upgrades to improve performance, comfort and reliability. In the 1990s Allan completely stripped and rebuilt the car and added further refinements such as poweer steering and electronic fuel injection. It still retains beam axles, transverse springs and the same 59A flathead Mercury engine originally installed in 1970. Allan has run it in club level motor sport events from time to time at such venues as Wigram, Ruapuna, Little River, Hawkswood and Ngapara, often in company with his friend Joe Gillman's 1935 model.