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Enthusiast Essentials: British sporting cars in miniature

26 November, 2015

Here’s some good news for all model-car enthusiasts: well-known collector David Wright — acclaimed author of A History of White Metal Transport Modelling and The History of Resin Transport Modelling — has just announced the availability of a companion book featuring a comprehensive A–Z catalogue of British sporting car models and their makers.

From the early pioneers of the pre-war era, through to the golden years of the 1950s and 1960s, the author traces the development of sporting cars in Britain through summaries of the achievements in the production of the real cars to the creation of miniatures as both toys and collectors’ models. 

He also tackles the thorny subject of defining what a sports car actually is and also shares his personal story of commitment to the British sports cars, covering his driving experiences of the genuine full-size cars and his ever-growing collection of mostly 1 :43-scale models.

Illustrated with more than 1000 colour pictures — many never seen before — from both his own collection, and those of a number of serious collectors around the world, the author brings more than
40 years of collecting experience to the task.

British Sporting Cars in Miniature  — a fully illustrated 300-page book — provides a truly absorbing read for anyone interested in collecting model cars, as well as those interested in information on the manufacturers who made the models and the cars those models were based upon.

David Wright’s new book, British Sporting Cars in Miniature: And A-Z of Model Cars with a Sporting Theme, is now available to purchase.

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The Jowett Jupiter turns 70

John Ball has always enjoyed tinkering with old boats and cars. He’s old enough to think having gearbox parts on newspaper on the floor of his bedroom, while the relevant car sat waiting on nail boxes, was a normal part of growing up. His passion has always tended towards old British bangers. He reckons he’s fortunate not to have got caught up in the American muscle scene.
John’s love affair with this Jupiter started in December 2015 when, with some time on his hands during a Christchurch trip, he searched online for ‘cars, before 1970 and in Christchurch’.

A passion for classics and customs

In the highly competitive field of New Zealand classic and custom restorations, reputations are won or lost on the ability to maintain consistently high standards of workmanship. A company managing to achieve this is D A Panel beating Ltd, of Rangiora near Christchurch. Is your classic or custom car restoration stalled, or in need of a refresh, or perhaps you are looking for experts to rebuild that recent import project out of Europe or the ‘States?