A PAS­SION FOR FER­RARI

New Zealand Classic Car - - Motorman -

WHEN TIM BAI­LEY SET OUT TO RE­PAIR AND SELL EURO­PEAN CARS, HE COULD SCARCELY HAVE BE­LIEVED HIS AM­BI­TIOUS DREAM WOULD BE­COME A RE­AL­ITY. DONNA ND ER SON RE­MEM­BERS HIM FROM THOSE EARLY DAYS AND THE WON­DER­FUL LEGACY HE HAS LEFT

Apas­sion for cars made on the Euro­pean con­ti­nent was clearly on the mind of the quiet and unas­sum­ing 18-yearold Hamp­shire lad when em­i­grat­ing to New Zealand from Eng­land with his par­ents in 1959. Tim Bai­ley went on to build the im­pres­sive Con­ti­nen­tal Car Ser­vices (CCS) dis­trib­u­tor­ship in Auckland, and his spe­cial ad­mi­ra­tion for Fer­rari would pay div­i­dends for the Ital­ian mar­que in our small, al­beit en­thu­si­as­tic, mar­ket.

First com­pe­ti­tion

I first met Tim when he was ser­vice man­ager for Fiat dis­trib­u­tor Town and Coun­try Cars in Auckland. Early con­ver­sa­tions cen­tred on his re­spect for Volk­swa­gen and a love of mo­tor rac­ing that prompted him to ac­quire the Bar­den Spe­cial built by Den­nis Smith and Barry Thomas in 1963.

Bai­ley raced the space-frame, 1460cc en­gined, For­mula 3–based sin­gle-seater at Pukekohe in Novem­ber 1965, break­ing a uni­ver­sal joint early in the day. Typ­i­cal of his de­ter­mi­na­tion, Tim hur­ried back to Auckland to re­pair the car, re­turn­ing to the track to fin­ish fourth in the fi­nal race of the day. A year later, he bought the Brab­ham BT9 open-wheeler formerly owned by Ken Sager and Gra­hame Har­vey, in­stalling a twin-cam Fiat en­gine in place of the usual Ford power. How­ever, Tim is bet­ter known for his mo­tor sport ex­ploits in a white Porsche 911T that he both raced and ral­lied.

Mo­tor rac­ing had to take se­cond place with the ex­pan­sion of CCS, but was never out of sight or mind. In Oc­to­ber 1973, Tim be­came the first per­son to race a Fer­rari 246 GT at Pukekohe.

First busi­ness

Tim­o­thy Ed­ward Sher­man Bai­ley served his me­chanic’s ap­pren­tice­ship in Welling­ton, and was one of the first A-grade tech­ni­cians in New Zealand. On re­lo­cat­ing to Auckland, he had lit­tle more than a Mor­ris Mi­nor van and $1200 in his pocket. Tim’s time at Town and Coun­try Cars proved use­ful and in­struc­tive. He then em­barked on the CCS project in 1967 with the mod­est Mo­bil ser­vice sta­tion and small work­shop at 40 Great South Road, New­mar­ket.

Phil Myhre re­mem­bers be­ing one of just four early staff in 1970 — there were Tim; his first wife to be, Mar­garet Duff; me­chanic Gary Bir­kett; and Phil, who manned the

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