Queenstown Maserati man has no nerves


It’s a classic worth $100,000 so Queenstown owner Snow Chisholm takes it easy – but not too easy.

“It’s what they were built for, not to sit in a garage,” Chisholm says after putting his beautiful Maserati 3500 GTI through its paces at the Highlands Motorsport Park last Sunday.

Chisholm, 71, finished fourth slowest in the all-comers ‘Highland Fling’ time-trial at the Cromwell track – but who wouldn’t driving the expensive 50-year-old grand-touring car.

“It’s quite a rare car but it’s no use being nervous – you just don’t drive it too hard.”

Chisholm, who’s owned the Maserati 20 years, also raced his Johnston-Hustler 1972 Formula Ford in the Formula Libre race that afternoon.

“It was a great weekend.”

Both races were part of the park’s two-day Festival of Speed, which featured classic cars, modern supercars and motorsport icons on track – including Michael Schumacher’s ’90s Benetton F1 car and Inky Tulloch’s racing Freightliner truck.

Hundreds of spectators attended on Saturday and Sunday, enjoying pit walks at the festival.

It’s inspired by England’s legendary Goodwood Festival and celebrated 100 years of New Zealand motorsport.