…why this site, what spins my crank?
Sports GT cars have been my passion since a young boy. I remember from a very young age excitedly asking my dad about such rare sights as a red and black Austin Healey residing near home, an MGA, a Morgan and even a Goggomobile Dart I saw pictures of! I particularly liked different sports and GT cars, and limousines of special interest.
When in my 20’s I was instrumental in setting up the Sports Car Club of New Zealand Inc. As Secretary I wrote and produced most of the club’s Sports Car Talk magazines in the first 12 years of its existence. There were other publications such as membership and technical directories which were more than just bare lists, and three 128 page magazines published under the title of Sports Car Talk Special Edition.
In 2010 I decided to research material for the club magazine article on Matra, starting at the beginning with René Bonnet and the cars leading up to the Matra D’jet. I sent it to my long time proof reader, David Cass, who’d proofed our special edition magazines back in the 1980’s. After giving it the once over David commented “there’s a book to be written here Richard, there is nothing much on this subject in English”. So encouraged, I took some well needed time off work but ended up spending over two years living in my motorhome, buying books and magazines from France via the ’net, and really getting into it. In the end, dwindling resources sent me back to work late 2012, and since then I have written very little.
My approach has been to provide as much information about each car as I could, from history, personalities to design and engineering, as it is unlikely that many if any of them will ever be written about again in English.
I would have liked to published what I have written as Volume 1 of a series books on the subject, but my big concern is that there are many ‘borrowed’ photos contained within, many from unknown sources and quite possibly some of which payment for use is expected.
For me this offered a two-fold problem. I am not an internet junkie and especially in the early days I’d just gather material as I could find it – actually it took some time before I got proficient at finding suitable material – it seems there is an art in this; often, when I’d go back to relocate some information or photos, the material was ‘gone’. And even when there was a name attached to the photo, I didn’t know what to do about that with regard to making contact. My second problem is that this has been a labour of love, and has cost me considerably through lost work time that I am unlikely to ever recover. Consequently, no funds to fund photos. And hence my reason for presenting the material this way, through the net, direct to enthusiasts, so if need be I can remove a photo and hopefully find another in its place, or add a photo credit.
It has taken me a long time to find the best way of presenting these articles, but friends who had used WordPress encourage me to learn how to use this medium. After a long time deferring the matter, here it is, my first attempt at making my articles available to the enthusiast public. In the long term I would quite like to add a PayPal link for those who’d like to support my continued pursuit of this subject – I have many more articles in waiting..
photos in order: Venturi 400 GT1, Matra Lazer by Michelotti, Mega Monte-Carlo, Gordini Type 24S