Sec­ond time around

New Zealand Classic Car - - Front Page - Words and pho­tos: Bruce Wil­son

The winds of change can have a strong twist, and, at Mcgre­gor Mo­tor­sport in Christchurch, the new own­ers, Scott and Del­wyn, are cer­tainly smil­ing at the mo­ment.

Hav­ing pur­chased the busi­ness last year, they se­cured their first build: Bruce Wil­son, our Kiwi in Ja­pan, and his sec­ond cus­tom build. As Bruce said the last time we talked about it, the sec­ond time around is eas­ier, and his smile re­vealed why — first, he was about to re­tire, and, sec­ond, Mcgre­gor Mo­tor­sport was to have new own­ers. He was not sure which af­fected him the most: hav­ing free time and no salary, or be­ing the first build for the new own­ers.

The new own­ers of Mcgre­gor Mo­tor­sport have ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions. Scott and Del­wyn have not only wel­comed Bruce as their first client but also into the fam­ily car­a­van be­hind the garage. Bruce has, how­ever, slowed the build down by ask­ing to be more in­volved, mak­ing fre­quent trips from Ja­pan to Christchurch for that pur­pose. He is re­ally happy to have more hands- on time, but Scott wants the car out on the road ASAP … the winds of change!

With an­other new build be­gin­ning for an Auck­land client, Mcgre­gor Mo­tor­sport moved from the garage into a larger work­shop in April. Bruce was quick to book his next visit in April and make that the let’s-start-the- en­gine mo­ment.

Bruce’s new Mcgre­gor boasts a to­tally new chas­sis de­sign as well as body pan­els and a roomier seat­ing con­fig­u­ra­tion. The chal­lenge was to fit the Honda K24A mo­tor, which looks like it cer­tainly be­longs there, and that key eye for de­tail so ev­i­dent in Bruce’s old ‘Or­ange’ Mcgre­gor is be­ing ex­tended even more. He is re­luc­tant to con­firm the fi­nal colour scheme, but we feel some­thing spe­cial is be­ing cre­ated that will again turn heads.

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