Vale Dave McKin­ney

Classic Driver - - HOLMAN -

I was sad to note the pass­ing of Dave McKin­ney, NZ mo­tor sport his­to­rian and writer of some re­pute.

I first met Dave af­ter he’d set the ques­tions for my first TV ap­pear­ance, on Mas­ter­mind in the mid ’80s (F1 rac­ing in the 1960s, thank you for ask­ing. I didn’t win but didn’t come last ei­ther!). We kept in touch for quite a while af­ter he went to the UK and I caught up with Dave in 1990 when he kindly took me to a cou­ple of the fa­mous clas­sic car deal­ers tucked away in lit­tle Lon­don Mews show­rooms, like Dan Mar­gulies.

Dave had not been in good health for a while. Sadly, he hadn’t yet fin­ished a ma­jor book on NZ mo­tor rac­ing his­tory so it’s good to know that Mi­lan Fis­tonic plans to see the project to fruition.

As well as be­ing a mine of in­for­ma­tion about New Zealand’s rac­ing his­tory, Dave spent much time un­rav­el­ling the con­fus­ing his­tory of Maserati 250Fs, on which he wrote a first class book. It was nice to see, then, that Hall & Hall Ltd. made chas­sis 2526 avail­able for Dave’s fu­neral in March. RIP.

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