Archive for the ‘Events’ Category


Posted: January 27, 2017 in All, BMW, Events, Mini

Last night I was lucky enough to go the the world premiere of the remake of a legendary kiwi film. Pork Pie.

It would seem quite a few people have been a tad disappointed by the film, have read a review that had all but said don’t bother seeing it.


Often on New Zealand roads one can feel like a pinball in a pin ball machine. For us today was no exception thanks to an ignorant and arrogant Audi A4 Avant driver.

Ticking along nicely through Auckland’s spaghetti junction heading home after a nice family outing with our two young children, daughter 5 and son 1, sitting just under the posted 80kph speed limit through this part of the motorway network due to the not too busy but not too light traffic flow when all of a sudden this silver euro wagon flies past our right hand side and cuts in front of us leaving a very small gap, probably only a couple of inches, between my right front and his left rear. Had I not braked there would have been an almost guaranteed sharing of silver and red paint.

Ok, after flashing of headlights and sounding of our horn, and yes, an angry hand gesture or two from me and my wife the driver of the Audi saw fit to brake heavily, on the motorway, in front of us, with traffic behind us. His vehicle came to an almost complete stop which saw me having to brake even heavier than before and swerve slightly to the left to avoid what could have been a very serious accident. We came to within an inch of hitting the back of this 2006 Audi before he accelerated, can’t help but think if he hadn’t driven off when he did we might not be here now, not to mention our two young children. There were cars behind us, as I mentioned before, and when I looked up after being able to continue I checked the rear-view mirror to see this black VW Passat very close behind, I hate to think how close they came to connecting to our Renault.


Jetblack, Kiwi’s on speed.

Posted: October 20, 2011 in All, Events

Unveiled on the 17th of October 2011 at The Cloud, Auckland, was a full scale model of New Zealand’s very first attempt at breaking the world land speed record, the Jetblack.

Jetblack is a childhood dream of founder and project director Richard Nowland, a 30 year old Auckland business man. Richard has gathered together a team comprising of some very brainy people who will be lending their expertise to the project. There are many involved but some of the main experts in their field are:

RNZAF Wing Commander Stephen Hunt who will be driving the Jetblack. Stephen has an impressive CV including being an ex-RAF Harrier pilot and has flown numerous tours in far flung places such as Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq, these tours included night strike attacks and offensive air support.

Richard Roake, Aerodynamics specialist.

Glynne Bowsher, wheel design.

RNZAF Wing Commander Frank Dyer, lead designer.

The plan for Jetblack’s attempt to smash the world land speed record is to make the first attempt by 2016. This project is more that just going after a record that has stood since Thrust SSC’s Andy Green set it at 763mph back in 1997, it’s also about show casing “New Zealand’s engineering and innovation capabilities”. This will be a great way to showcase kiwi’s can do attitude and keep New Zealand’s technologies and know-how at the pointy end of world class design.

Some of the stats for Jetblack:

Carbon fibre monocoque chassis

Turbofan engine 17-20,000lb thrust range

2 x 20,000lb thrust hybrid rockets

Length: 12.9m

Width: 2.5m

Height: 2.65m to the top of the tail fin and 1.65 for the body

Weight: estimated to be around 3,500kg empty

Wheels: 850mm diameter forged aluminium, no rubber here!

More details can be seen at

Thanks to Rod Johns & Andy Gillingham for the camera work & editing.

Vision For The Future

Posted: July 17, 2011 in All, BMW, Events

BMW in Munich designed and hand built during 2008/09 a one off concept car called the Vision EfficientDynamics, Vision ED for short, and it was on display at the Auckland Museum July 15th to 17th after wooing the media at the Melbourne Motor Show. This car is definitely a vision of what we will all be driving in the future. Once just the dream creations of sci-fi movie productions is now a mere few years away with BMW saying the Vision ED will be going into production in 2013 and will be called the i8. The production model will be 99 precent identical to this stunning show car.


If you’re in the market for something a little different you might want to consider checking these guys out. They are Old School Rods LTD and they have some very special machines up for grabs at the moment. In particular some cars owned by the lead singer of the award winning super-group Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong. There’s the Chevy Nova that’s attracting a heap of attention on Trademe at the moment:


Never Too Young To Start

Posted: May 7, 2011 in All, Events, Peugeot

With the government recently raising the driving age from 15 to 16 in an attempt to lower the amount of younger people dying on our roads, more concentration still needs to be on driver education.  This is an area New Zealand has always fallen behind the rest of the world.  Well things are slowly beginning to change thanks to an initiative brought to our shores by Peugeot NZ.  It’s a one hour workshop set up in selected Peugeot dealerships around the country and is for children aged between 3 and 6 years old.  Peugeot’s super friendly staff teach the littlies all about road signs, traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and give way rules (something most adult drivers seem to need educating on).


On Tuesday the 22nd of March a number of very rare cars, motorcycles and automotive memorabilia goes up for auction by Webb’s, New Zealand’s Premier Auction House. Everything from very historic race cars to old oil and motoring signs.

The highlight of the auction has to be the stunning Ferrari Lusso 250. Only 350 of these cars were built between January 1963 and August 1964, of that only 23 were produced in right hand drive, 21 of those still survive. This particular example was restored by Auto Restorations and has an amazing 17,100 original miles. Looking at this car you’d be forgiven for thinking you are standing in a Ferrari showroom in 1963, every millimetre of this car is perfect, not a mark on it which is what you’d expect I guess with an estimated auction price of between 1.1 and 1.4 million dollars. Can’t help (more…)

Kumeu Classic Car & Hot Rod Festival

Posted: January 17, 2011 in All, Events

It’s easy to see why this festival has survived for 17 years now. Our lovely country seems to  be full of some of the most stunning examples of motoring history from around the world, and it would seem most of them were in Kumeu this weekend.

This was my first visit to the Kumeu A & P Showgrounds, why? I don’t know but this classic car enthusiast sitting here tapping away on his laptop in the dark on a hot Sunday evening with a sunburnt face and sore legs now realises he should have popped his Kumeu Classic Car and Hot Rod Festival cheery a long, long time ago!

I would have loved to have spent much more time there getting to know the cars and their owners better but it would (more…)