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McLaren 650S Kiwi debut

16 June, 2014


Auckland’s bespoke McLaren dealership played host last night to the unveiling of the latest offering from the Surrey based supercar manufacturer – the McLaren 650S.

Looking at the 650S, it’s clearly not a stripped out 12C (as featured in the June issue of New Zealand Classic Car) with a facelift. Boasting P1 styling up front, the 650C has 25-per-cent new parts, lighter forged alloy wheels, carbon-ceramic brakes as standard, and performance to match any of its contemporary rivals, the 650C is without doubt the new heavyweight contender on the block for those with the wherewithal to park one of these exotic pieces of kit in their garage .

We look forward to getting in behind the wheel of this stunning machine in the near future, so keep an eye out for our verdict.

Motorsport Flashback – Kiwi rallying in the 1970s

Rallying arrived in New Zealand in 1973 like a tsunami. It had been only a few years since the sport was introduced here and shortly afterwards Heatway came on board as the sponsor to take rallying to a new level. The 1973 Heatway would be the longest and biggest yet, running in both islands with 120 drivers over eight days and covering some 5400 kilometres. The winner was 31-year-old Hannu Mikkola — a genuine Flying Finn who had been rallying since 1963 before putting any thoughts of a career on hold until he completed an economics degree. The likeable Finn became an instant hero to many attracted to this new motor sport thing. I was one of them.

Think of it as a four-door Cooper

New Zealand Mini Owners Club coordinator Josh Kelly of Dunedin loves his Minis. It’s a family affair. Julie and Mike, Josh’s mum and dad, are just as keen, and they can usually all be found taking part in the club’s annual ‘Goodbye, Pork Pie’ charity run from the North of the country to the South.
But lately Josh’s young head has been turned by some other revolutionary BMC cars. He has picked up a couple of Austin and Morris 1100 and 1300s, which he started to restore — that was until an opportunity arose to buy a rare example stored in a shed.