Andy’s Austin

New Zealand Classic Car - - Readers' Writes -

Thanks to Gor­don Camp­bell for the splen­did story on Andy Buchanan in the May edi­tion of Nzclassiccar. Andy was truly one of the great — and most like­able — char­ac­ters in New Zealand mo­tor rac­ing dur­ing the ’60s, and is fondly re­mem­bered by most of us who were around at the time. Of course, he is best known for his ex­ploits in the fab­u­lous 250LM Fer­rari and his Brab­ham BT6, and yet none of this might have hap­pened fol­low­ing his fright­en­ing ac­ci­dent at Levin’s no­to­ri­ous Cab­bage Tree cor­ner.

The A40 Fa­rina he was rac­ing at the time was his first car on leav­ing school, and he was for­tu­nate to sur­vive when tossed from the in­vert­ing A40 — few wore seat belts or both­ered with roll cages in those days. Great mem­o­ries, happy times from a long-gone era — and Andy is cer­tainly not a forgotten cham­pion. Donn An­der­son, Auck­land [Orig­i­nally printed in the De­cem­ber 1966 edi­tion of Mo­tor­man — this photo shows Andy Buchanan be­ing thrown from his rolling A40 Fa­rina dur­ing his first and only race with the car at Levin in 1962. AGW]

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