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50 years of Ford in New Zealand motorsport

This year the Taupo Historic Grand Prix celebrated the blue oval and their 50 years of involvement in NZ motorsport. I am a big fan of historic race machinery so decided to head along and see what was on offer.

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Back on the gear

It might already be February, and I am late to the posting party but better late than never right? Welcome to the first post of 2021, but certainly not the last.

I wanted to kick this year off with a bang, and that certainly happened when I opened my DM’s recently. Sitting there was a request from Europe asking for ‘a couple of Ford’s to be photographed together’. It would be the following sentence that would grab my attention which included one simple word – ‘Zakspeed’.

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Twenny twenny

As far as the last 12 months go it has been one heck of an adventure. The best and worst year all rolled into one. My wife and I welcomed our gorgeous twin girls into the world, and we also learned what ‘working from home’ truly encompassed. Down here in New Zealand we are so incredibly fortunate, it is now summer and the whole ‘C’ word situation is less impactful than ever compared to before (for my northern hemisphere readers I truly feel for you as I know it is quite different for you all).

The start of 2020 kicked off as per normal, plenty of events and things to see, although that soon ground to a halt so we will cruise through a few photos that I managed to snap again this year in no particular order.

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2019 through the lens…

Another year, another review post. Every year I write one of these seems so insanely different to the previous. Each year sees a good dose of variety and certainly keeps me enjoying what I do. I get to share a little bit of what the year puts in front of me via the Facebook page, as predominantly all my work heads for print media.

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Off the beaten track…

Normal is boring, going against the grain in motorsport has produced some of the best stories, builds, and memories. I am lucky enough to come across some out of the box stuff and Andrew Stewart’s Datsun 1200 ticks that box and so many more.

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Hiroshima twins

A while back I received a phone call about a shoot for two classic red cars, but there was a catch. That catch was that they had to be shot together, I didn’t question the reasoning but sorted out a location and got in touch with the owners Clint and Tony. One was based in Hamilton, and another in Wellington. Logistically it was easiest to just meet in the middle.

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CARnival 2k19

Ol mate Guy Maxwell and the Choice Promotions team down here in Nuu Zulund throw some of the biggest car meets in the country. Last weekend was the three day long ‘CARnival’ at Bruce McLaren Motorsports Park which was crammed full of crusing, drifting, a burnout comp and drags.

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Godzilla of grip

Nissan has been very good to me over the years, access to the DNA Motorsports Museum has been basically on tap whenever I wanted it. While I am not a self-professed Nissan addict, this lair that houses the crème de la crème of all things Nissan will forever draw me back everytime I am in the neighborhood.

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When the memories hit you

For any car enthusiast, Japan is a concentrated automotive pressure cooker that infuses flavour, class, and creativity into some of the tastiest car culture you can wrap your chops around.

Upon embarking on my overseas experience, I found myself on a little single carriageway cruising through the middle of nowhere in Chiba. Initially the lack of civilisation concerned me, but soon after a grey workshop packed with RX7s distracted my attention. I found myself to be living a stone’s throw from the workshop of RE Amemiya. Early Saturday mornings with my ranch slider open, coffee in hand, the smell of cabbage fields, and the distinct sound of a rotary on the dyno next door was my new definition of heaven.

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Gold roller

At the end of 2018 I shot an old apple hauler that had been given a second lease on life for NZV8 magazine. This was my favourite shoot of 2018 and just screamed ‘badass’ on so many levels. So for that reason I asked the editor if I could throw some images into a blog and share them with you all.

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