On the weekend of SO Drive, John Galvin came up to Auckland in his Audi R8 to take part in the event and it gave me the chance to sit down with him and explore his love for cars as well as the philosophy behind the site you are on right now, Auto Clique NZ, and how it all came about.

I meet up with John at his fittingly named hotel for any car guy, Rendezvous Grand Hotel, in the city on a quite warm Saturday afternoon. Though we had chatted extensively on Skype regarding my contribution to the site we had yet to meet and it was nice to sit down and have a very honest chat about cars and the web site before cooling off with some good beer.

So for any of you who wondered just how this whole thing got started and where it may be going or even if this is your first visit to Auto Clique NZ, then this episode is a great introduction.

John on SO Drive


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Roger Baillie
Brought up in a world of Mini's, road trips, rallying and tinkering it is unsurprising that among my passions, since I can remember, cars have been something very special to me. The way they look, the way they smell and especially the way the sound. This passion has grown over the years from a spectator's seat at Formula 1 and WRC events to active participation in events such as the Cannonball Run NZ and Stance Off Events. My current love affair is with a slightly tuned Mk4 Golf GTI which brings me nothing but joy on the road. This love for driving and cars has led me start a Podcast dedicated to my love of driving called Drive Life NZ where I hope to share my story while exploring the varied stories of other enthusiasts. Dispelling the myths surrounding car people and celebrating our diversity.


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