© Kieran Roberts Art
Colour Me Gone
Robbie Francevic in the legendary Custaxie at Levin in 1967. The Custaxie name came from an amalgamation of a 1955 Ford Customline fitted with a 7-litre Ford Galaxie engine, Francevic's team making full use of New Zealand's very relaxed saloon rules at the time. The car would prove almost unbeatable, and only Paul Fahey in a Mustang was able to put up any sort of a fight. However, after it's successful year of dominance, the rules were changed, outlawing the Custaxie. The engine was sold off and went into a racing boat. The rolling shell went to another owner who briefly used it for drag-racing, and although a replica of it has been built, nothing remains of the original.
Levin was a small 1.1 mile circuit within the confines of a horse-racing track in the town of Levin, in the southern area of the North Island. It lasted until 1976, when the horse racing club wanted to improve their facilities, and the sealed track was sacrificed.
Original arcrylic on canvas
18" x 24" (45 x 61cm)