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Classic Driver

Classic Driver No 78 May/June 18

NZ CLASSIC DRIVER looks at ways to bring you stories of classic cars that are rare, different and often very special. Our team of passionate classic car journalists, headed by Allan Walton as editor, includes writers such as Tony Haycock, Allan Dick and Mark Holman as well as well-respected motorsport photographers like Terry Marshall and Alex Mitchell. As well, Kiwi racing legend, Howden Ganley, pens a regular column telling tales of his past and present motor racing experiences. All that adds up to a magazine with huge appeal to enthusiasts all around the world as well as New Zealand. For further information go to

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zodiac, zephyrs and chargers

Every year, with summer drawing to a close and dozens of motoring events and shows taking place over Easter weekend, we always find ourselves inundated with news stories, and it can be a struggle to squeeze them all in the magazine. This year was no exception and we quickly ran out of space, leaving no room for even brief reports on the Annual Convention of the North Island Zephyr/Zodiac Car Clubs and the Chrysler R/T Six Pack Owners Club Nationals. As recent editions of the magazine have featured a brace of Zodiacs and an E49 Charger on their covers, I’ll forgo my usual chatter and, with the aid of Dave King (Zephyr) and Gary Bridger (Charger), will instead present a few words on these two events. The Zephyr/Zodiac gathering took place over…

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classic carlectables 1:18 leo leonard charger e49

This is the first time an Australian model manufacturer has made a model of a Kiwi race car and it’s been selling like hot cakes! Classic Carlectables only made 500 models making this a very limited edition run. Leo’s Charger dominated the 1972/1973 Castrol GTX production car series, breaking the production lap record on all local circuits – even Allan Moffat in the works factory Falcon GT-HO couldn’t catch Leo! At the time, Moffat described the flying Hot Mustard E49 as “The fastest Charger in the world.” Leo himself is delighted with the model and he’s amazed at the attention to detail, right down to the blanked out speedo, something Leo did whenever he raced a production car! For daily updates like our Facebook page ClassicDriverNZ…

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true blue gt

Ford Australia unleashed the XW Falcon GT in 1969. Powered by a 351ci (5760cc) Windsor V8, the GT was a truly quick car, but wanting to further improve the breed, and with an eye on winning at Bathurst, Ford went one step further, and in August 1969 they introduced a more brutal version of the GT – the Falcon GT ‘Handling Options’ or, more simply, the GT-HO. Those handling options included a heavier front roll-bar, uprated coils and shocks and, for the first time, a rear roll-bar. Engine modifications included a bigger four-barrel Holley carburettor, hydraulic lifters and a new camshaft. Allan Moffat would score the GT-HO’s maiden win at Sandown in 1969 and it all looked to be on for an epic Ford/Holden battle between the GT-HOs and the Monaros…

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true blue racer’s specials

Garry Jackson spent many years as Ford New Zealand’s Marketing and Sales Director, and got to know Paul Radisich well. He had some background involvement in Paul getting his Mondeo drives in the World Touring Car Cup, which he won twice (in 1993 and 1994) along with third places in the British Touring Car Championships in the same years. Late in 1993 Garry convinced Ford New Zealand they should produce a special-edition car to celebrate Paul’s success, and they agreed. As we didn’t have Mondeos then, the Telstar was chosen, and Garry had to ask Mazda and Ford engineers in Japan to give their blessing to the New Zealand Telstar being modified. The standard 2.5-litre quad-cam V6 engine produced 122kW in standard trim, which gave ample performance, and no need was…

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electrifying a classic

Despite all the recent media hullaballoo concerning electric cars, there’s really nothing new about an electrically powered vehicle (EV). Indeed, at the dawn of the motoring age there was little to choose between electric, petrol or even steam-powered vehicles. In fact, electric power was dominant when considered purely from the point of view of the world land-speed record. Back in the early days of motoring, Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat set the very first land-speed record at 63.15kph in his electrically powered Jeantaud Duc at Acheres, France in December 1898. Over the following months, a two-way battle developed between the Jeantaud, and Camille Jenatzy’s ‘La Jamais Contente’, a torpedo-shaped vehicle powered by twin direct-drive 25kW motors. Jenatzy finally came out on top and effectively ended the duel when he set the mark at…

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JACK INWOOD In NZ Classic Driver March/April 2018, Ian Verrall suggested that a few stories of the photographers that took the photos of racing for us petrolheads to enjoy wouldn’t go amiss and mentioned Jack Inwood in particular. Ian worked for us as one of our top mechanics in Paul Fahey’s Otahuhu workshop at the same time as Jack worked there running the office admin. Jack was well known by all motoring enthusiasts and was easily recognised at race meetings by his rather large silhouette, bushy beard and having at least two expensive cameras slung around his neck. Our morning tea, lunches, etc. at the car sales franchise/service department were dominated by motor racing talk, with all of us being involved in motorsport in one way or another. Jack was taking photos in the days…