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Those Swedes know how to keep a secret

6 June, 2017

It feels like every second story in motoring news is a manufacturer telling us they’ve broken a record at the Nurburgring.

Fastest lap while carrying a ballon as a passenger? That’ll be a press release. Quickest rear wheel drive car with sixteen seats and less than 200 horsepower? That’s a press release, too.

So when we heard a little manufacturer named Volvo had gone ahead and broken the record (at the time) for a road worthy four door car, we were a bit surprised we hadn’t seen the live stream. We were even more surprised to learn the record was broken a year ago, and they didn’t tell anybody. Nothing like breaking the mould. Nice one Volvo (and Polestar!).



Saltwater Creek Garage

After passing by this building for many years, I decided to call in and ask the owner about his garage and the car that had been parked there. It was a 1982 Hyundai Pony 1200 TLS that he’d inherited from his mother who had bought it when it was nearly new. I was fortunate enough to buy it from him — many had approached him over the years but were turned away. After sitting out there for that long you could not imagine how dirty it was. At least it had never been wet in all that time. The interior is a mid-blue and almost like new — in fact his mother, Irene, had still retained the original factory-fitted thick clear-plastic cover over the mid-blue vinyl door panels.

Lunch with … Roger Bailey

Roger’s story is a classic illustration of what hard work, honesty to the point of brutal frankness, a ‘can-do’ approach, and a racer’s brain can get you in this sport of car racing. Roger, or ‘Boost’ as he’s known up and down the pitlanes of America, was who Kenny Smith turned to when he was dragging a reluctant teenager around the different pit garages at Laguna Seca.
“Scott [Dixon] kept complaining that it was too hot and he just wanted to go back to the hotel pool. I had to tell him that I was trying to secure his future — we weren’t getting much of a look in until we saw Roger who knew everyone and set about introducing Scott as New Zealand’s next big thing.