News & Events
We had a unique opportunity recently; with two lovely 1972 cars in the workshop: Wayne's own 1972 911S Race Car, and a customer's 1972 911E Road Car. It's fascinating to see the differences between the road and race cars of the same year. We've included the photos below. Enjoy!
This has been a busy year for Autothority, and it looks set to continue.
Oh, and if you are interested in building a sixth 968 Turbo RS, there are plenty of 968s out there for very reasonable money, that would form a great basis for a phenomenal new race/track car.
Since the February earthquakes, we have been hard at work on so many projects it's hard to know where to start! We have revamped the office somewhat, added 2 new hoists for a combined total of four, added a new apprentice, worked on RennSport cars, race cars, earthquake damaged cars, crashed cars, track cars, our own cars, installed pressurised air throughout the workshop, built a bunch of engines, swapped engines, been to several race meetings.
We've hardly had a moment to draw breath, but with our increased capacity, we're ready to take on even more work - so if you have been delaying some maintenance or upgrades, now's the time to bring us your car.
We've added the MotorSport page. An increasing portion of our time is devoted to motorsport, and we've taking on additonal staff to handle it all. Drop in for a chat about your motorsport dreams!
The start of the month saw a massive 7.1 earthquake strike Christchurch city! Fortunately, everyone at Autothority was lucky enough to escape injury, and the very sturdy nature of our concrete and steel building means we only lost a single pane of glass in the disaster. Some tidy up was required from things falling from shelves, but very importantly, no damage to any cars at all!
As you might imagine, the week following the 'quake was quite quiet, so we have been working on our various project cars, and making good progress too; Wayne's "Pink Porsche" race car is almost ready for the road, while Glyn's blue 356 is getting closer all the time, too.
Our customers continue to invest in Porsche race cars, and you'll find a very interesting mix of race cars both old and new whenever you drop in to see us, so pop in and check out what's on the hoist this week.
We have updated our DOWNLOADS page, with new links to workshop manuals and the Porsche PET download also.
We're in full swing on a stunning array of jobs and projects right now. The workshop can still take on more work though, so if you're thinking about doing some work on your car over winter, now's the time to bring it down for a discussion.
Iam Langham has officially joined the team. Ian brings a wealth of experience with him; his expertise in restoration and computer repairs is very valueable indeed. His experience with Link EM computers can save our clients thousands in replacement costs. Ian did his trade as a spray painter but extended his studies into fabrication and panel repairs. While we still outsource all paint work, Ian's time is mainly spent working on some of the oldest cars in the workshop. His general electrical skills and attention to detail mean our 356 and pre-impact projects are coming along nicely.
Robyn Rump has joined the team 3 days a week. Robyn takes care of our office duties; invoicing and generally keeping everyone in line.
Lionel Bonner, has almost completed his full mechanics qualification, and is doing great work in the shop. He's in his fourth year with us now, and those of you who know him will know what an asset he his.
We usually have a GT3 Cup car or assorted other race cars at the premises. We're rebuiling a 900 HP turbo right now, too.
You may have seen our Avenues advertisement recently. We've decided to try saving aging 996 911s from the clutches of unqualified mechanics, and keep these exciting 911s running sweetly. The early water-coooled 911s are now in need of servicing away from the official franchise, where costs are reduced without sacrificing quality or workmanship.
We've been flat out since Christmas with a number of projects out the door in recent months, and more keep rolling in to take their place. We're still seeing strong interest in front-engined Porsches, with plenty of the 944, 968 and 928 models through the door.
We've had some stylish yet subtle Autothority stickers made. They can be applied to glass or bodywork, and will work on curved as well as flat surfaces. See above. We're happy to put one on your car next time you swing by the workshop.