Legends of Speed: muscle and classic fans rejoice!

6 April, 2016

When you’ve got this many ‘legends of speed’ on your doorstep, an hour south of Auckland city, at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, you’d be a sucker if you didn’t check it out. Legends of Speed, held April 3, was an action-packed day of racing, including the BMW Racing Series, Historic Muscle Cars, the quirky Alfa Trofeo Series, Historic Sports Sedans, and the Formula Fords of yesteryear. Despite the terrible weather, or should we say slippery weather, racing was exciting, with every class and series bringing their own unique element to the tarmac. 

If you didn’t make it along, sit back, relax, and enjoy this gallery that the talented Matt Smith photographed. 

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.

Super Leicht Gullwing

It’s fair to say that nothing much in the classic Mercedes world gets past Mercedes-Benz Club stalwart Garry Boyce so it wasn’t surprising to learn that around 15 years ago he had sniffed out an extremely rare 300SL lightweight Gullwing as well as a 1958 300SL Roadster hiding away in the Waikato. The cars were not for sale but Garry eventually managed to persuade the owner to allow him and his restoration team to take a look at the Roadster. They discovered a very distressed but largely unmolested car. The car was so original that the body had never been off the chassis, meaning most of the parts and fittings were still present and correct, as they had been fitted by the factory.