It’s not that often we get to drive a half-a-million-dollar supercar — and what made this drive so special was that it was in a car with a direct connection to the Kiwi motoring psyche
With the original iteration of the MP4-12C, launched in 2011, McLaren Automotive re-entered the supercar market with its first road-going sports car since production of the now legendary F1 ceased in 1998.
Designed under the leadership of Frank Stephenson, the MP4-12C’s chassis followed Formula 1 principles, being a one-piece carbon-fibre tub — dubbed a ‘Carbon MonoCell’ by McLaren. Weighing in at a mere 80kg, this chassis was manufactured by Austrian specialist Carbo Tech, of Salzburg. Unlike the three-abreast seating arrangement of the McLaren F1, the MP4 featured a more conventional two-seater configuration — although a slim central console allowed McLaren to position the driver closer to the car’s centre-line than the passenger.
Photo: Simon Darby and MINI NZ
Remember that Kiwi classic film from the early ’80s that saw a teen’s journey across New Zealand in a rented yellow Mini? And do you remember that iconic Lake Hawea chase scene? Well Mini New Zealand has remade this scene featuring a number of ‘new originals’.
The old beaten up Mini has been replaced with the brand new Mini Hatch, and with all the new features this car has Mini New Zealand thought it was worthy enough to recreate the scene that would resonate with Kiwis. Read full story…
The Maranello Rosso museum is the Ferrari museum that showcases 25 genuine Ferraris as art pieces in Italy. It has been announced that 10 important vehicles from the Maranello Rosso collection will be going up for sale in August at Bonhams’ annual Quail Lodge auction.
The world’s longest single-ownership Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta will be up for sale at no reserve. This vehicle has been in the care of just one family for no fewer than 49 years from 1965 up until today. Read full story…
Ten additional awards will be included at this year’s National Ford Mustang Convention. Due to the special nature of this year being the 50th anniversary convention, the ‘spirit of the Ford Mustang’ will be celebrated with special ‘Spirit of Mustang’ awards.
First, second, and third trophies for traditional model years, plus Shelbys and Bosses will still be judged, however the Canterbury Mustang Owners’ Club, which will be hosting this year’s event in Chistchurch over Labour Weekend, have initiated another approach for the awards. The new ‘Spirit of Mustang’ awards will be judged by a specially chosen guest panel who must select and agree on the ten Mustangs that they think best represent and capture the iconic Mustang spirit.
Peter Geddes, convenor of the convention working group, says, “the guidelines we will give to the guest judges will be deliberately generic, giving them autonomy and discretion to use their own judgement.”
To get the judges started, Geddes says three aspects will be suggested as points of consideration. These will be the presentation standard of each of the 200 plus Mustangs and its display, the recognition of the five decades that define Mustang heritage, and their own personal view of the visual and emotional appeal of each Mustang.
With 200 plus expected entrants the awards are set to be a great feature at the 50th anniversary convention Geddes says the ‘Spirit of Mustang awards will hold a once-in-50-years status throughout New Zealand’s Mustang fraternity.
“It’s just one of the many plans we have to make the 2014 Mustang Convention one not to be missed.”
The exhibition created in celebration of Maserati’s 100 years has opened in Modena. Named Maserati 100 — a century of pure Italian luxury sports cars, the exhibition outlines the story of the Italian car manufacturer by show some of the trident marque’s most significant vehicles. Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to view clips of the most intriguing moments of the company’s history and also learn about the people who were involved in its continued success.
The exhibition will run until January 2015 in the Enzo Ferrari Museum, which isn’t too far away from Maserati’s headquarters in Viale Ciro Menotti.
At the inauguration of the exhibition, the guest of honour was Sir Stirling Moss who, in the 1950s, was a Maserati racing driver who secured many victories for the trident marque. Read full story…
Once again, Graeme Rice looks back on the motoring worlds of 100, 75, 50 and, 25 years ago
Did Audi really win the 1914 Austrian Alpine Rally?
Our newspapers gave a full list of the cars entered in the Austrian Alpine Rally, plus introduced some doubt about who had actually won. Entries from Europe were, Austro-Daimler, Audi, Benz, Darracq, Fiat , Hansa, Hotchkiss, Laurin & Klement, NAG, Opel and Puch. Great Britain fielded five makes, Armstrong-Whitworth, Rolls-Royce, Singer, Vauxhall and Wolseley with Cadillac and Overland representing the new world and the only country that wouldn’t be at war within the month.
In spite of Audi being widely advertised as the winner, Hansa were quick to get an Alpentype into production and it would seem as though Sylvain de Jong, owner of Minerva, regarded the sleeve valve Belgian car as the moral victor and sent that message as far as his distributors in New Zealand.
Mercedes took the first three places in the Grand Prix de l’ACF(French Automobile Club) run over 20 laps totalling 470 miles at Lyons on 4th July. For the first time an engine size limit was used – maximum capacity was 4500cc and the maximum weight was 1100kgs.
Once George Boillot’s Peugeot gave up the ghost in the very last lap, after playing hare and tortoise with the Mercedes team for almost all the race, it was up to Jules Goux to save some honour for France and bring home a Peugeot, albeit in fourth place. Dario Resta brought his Sunbeam home in fifth place. Read full story…
In a little over a month’s time the 20th Annual Henry Ford Memorial Day Display and Swap Meet will be gracing the Claudelands Showgrounds.
Hosted by The Waikato Mustang Owners Club, the date has been confirmed as Sunday, July 27 with gates opening at 8am. All Ford owners are water to bring their cars along for a great memorial day.
Awards for Peoples’ Choice, Best Australian, Best European, Best American, Best Commercial, Best Vintage, and Best FPV will be up for grabs throughout the day.
All cars must stay until 1.30pm and there is food available onsite to keep you going throughout the day.
It will cost $15 per vehicle, adult spectators will be $5, family price of $10 and children under 12 with an adult won’t be charged a thing.
Swappers (auto-related only) will be charged $10 and trade stands are worth $25.
Proceeds raised from this event will be donated to New Air Ambulance.
For any more information contact Bob on 07 828 7867, Colin 0n 07 824 2030, or Nick on 07 829 7071
Michael Schumacher had been in a coma since his December 2013 skiing accident. We are pleased to hear he is no longer in a coma and has been moved from the French hospital he was in to the University Hospital of Lausanne in Switzerland.
The Formula One world champion had been in an induced coma after having blood clots removed from his brain since December 29. He ended his motor racing career last year, but he has a record 91 Grand Prix victories to his name.
We wish Michael Schumacher well in his rehabilitation and recovery.