• Richard McWhannell

In this exhibition, Richard McWhannell welds together two great loves of his life: painting and racing. McWhannell became a racing Boffin at fifteen, when be bought his first race car, a 1931 Saloon style, Austin 7. He sold the car when he took up a place at Ilam, Canterbury School of Fine Arts, but he never gave up the dream.

In 2003, McWhannell, now an established Auckland based artist, bought a 1929 A7 special and established friendships that led him to the racing circuit, and Hampton Downs.

Motor racing was a popular sport in Auckland , in the twenties and thirties and, for three generations, the Roycroft family have been a key part of that racing scene. In this collection, the Race Paintings celebrate the Roycroft Trophy, acknowledging the history and the rural glamour of those early races.

Opening Hours

  • Tuesday to Friday, 11am – 5.30pm
  • Saturday, 11am – 4pm
  • or by appointment


  • 221 Ponsonby Road
  • Ponsonby
  • Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland 1011