A fab­u­lous V12

New Zealand Classic Car - - Reader's Writes -

As a young bloke I grew up to love cars and mo­tor sport in the Bay of Plenty. I was a great mate of De­nis Hulme, and we were car club mem­bers in Tau­ranga and the Mount. Hulme was good at hill climbs in his MG TF, and very quick. There weren’t a lot of scenes to race at other than Ard­more, and we went there ev­ery year un­til De­nis, George Law­ford and Feo Stan­ton went to the UK. Sadly George was killed dur­ing a race in Den­mark.

I moved to Christchurch in 1962. At that time my fa­therin-law, Reg Hoder, was a mas­ter mo­tor body builder in Ric­car­ton Road. Pat Hoare raced a fab­u­lous V12 Fer­rari Su­per Squalo, which could be eas­ily heard above all other race cars at Ard­more and Wi­gram. In 1965 the Fer­rari was built into a GTO road car from blue­print plans. Reg and his friend James Mid­dle­ton were re­spon­si­ble for build­ing the body on the orig­i­nal chas­sis. The car was fit­ted with orig­i­nal parts from Italy, and there wasn’t a rip­ple to be seen any­where on the body, as you can see in the pho­tos.

The black-and-white photo was taken of the orig­i­nal car at Ohakea air-force base in 1961.

I can re­mem­ber when the car was fin­ished, as Pat Hoare took ev­ery­one for a ride — it sounded fan­tas­tic.

Pe­ter Grif­fin, Pa­pamoa Beach

PS. I hope you can do a story on this car.

We’ d re­ally like to track that car down, Pe­ter. If you, or any of our read­ers, can help, please let us know. AFW

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