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NZ Classic Car No 352 April 2020

New Zealand’s longest running classic car magazine – celebrated its 300th edition in January 2016, an amazing achievement for a publication which began as a simple idea to put local classic car owners in touch with event organisers, car clubs and trade professionals. NZ Classic Car has been a vital part of the local motoring scene for more than 25 years and features unique and extensive classic motoring coverage. NZCC’s enthusiastic and passionate writers cover the length and breadth of the country ensuring extensive classic motoring coverage. Our coverage of New Zealand’s motoring heritage remains unrivalled, especially in the field of motorsport history, plus we include stunning photography, authoritative features and event reports from throughout the country.

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3 minuti
the loss of an australian icon

I was somewhat surprised to see that Holden was shutting down its brand in Australia and New Zealand. Although I shouldn’t have been that surprised, as the writing has been on the wall for Holden since it ceased Australian manufacturing in 2017. Holden took the bold move of shifting the production of front- and all-wheel-drive Commodores offshore. Unfortunately, the buying public voted with their wallets, opting not to buy the imports, thus spelling the end for Holden. Holden was one of Australasia’s most-loved vehicles and its arrival at the end of its road prompts me to think of my own memories growing up, when those trusty workhorses were part of our everyday lives. During my early teenage years my father owned a 1960 FB Holden station wagon. I learnt to drive in…

13 minuti
the boss’s day out

When Ford unveiled the ground-breaking Mustang in 1964 it set a precedent by creating a new class of sports car, which met with immediate success and unparalleled sales across the US. Yet the recipe was quite simple: take an existing rear-wheel-drive chassis, such as the Falcon; design and build a sporty 2+2 coupé body for it; drop an inline-six or V8 engine under the bonnet; and, as they say, the rest is history. Surprisingly, for an American car the Mustang drove reasonably well, and looked even better. However, Ford’s rivals weren’t about to let it bask alone in the sunlight for long. While it may have invented the ‘pony car’, Ford soon had a few rivals in the corral. The folks over at General Motors (GM) struck back first with the Chevrolet…

11 minuti
mirror-finish mustangs

You’d have to think entering a brace of 1969 fastbacks in the same colour would be worthy of a few extra style points for the Auckland Mustang Owners Club, but no, these cars had to win the Teams Event at the Intermarque Concours d’Elegance on their combined individual merits. There’s no doubt they make a striking pair in the popular Acapulco Blue colour but the appreciative eye soon turns to an entertaining game of spot the difference. There are quite a few to be found. In fact, it’s almost surprising they look so similar, given the long list of options available to Ford buyers 50 years ago and the personalization that owners make over the intervening decades. Both cars have undergone a bare-metal restoration and in each case most of the work…

10 minuti
hakosuka hot road

The term ‘Japanese classic car’ used to be an example of mutually exclusive words. Some self-appointed connoisseurs reluctantly admitted that some Mazda rotaries made the definition, for a brave innovation that briefly flamed brightly — but as a ‘subspecies’ not really on a par with their British or European classics. How things have changed. That’s one of the beauties of the classic car field, though: each year cars from another year — roughly agreed to be 30 years before the current year — enter consideration for the impact they made on a generation at the right impressionable age, and we are now well into the years when Japanese design and manufacture clearly left the products of most traditional carmakers in their high-revving wake. IN THE BEGINNING Way back when, before the end of…

13 minuti
home-grown ‘mother road’

Day one Deep South delights A while ago I had the pleasure of driving across the US via Route 66, one of the world’s most famous roads — even if parts of it are disappearing and some bits are hard to find. Yet, if I may be so bold, we have a similar national treasure here, appropriately named ‘State Highway 6’. It’s quite a bit shorter, but in the usual Kiwi way it packs in an awful lot in the scenery department, and scattered along its edges, as with Route 66, there are tributes to an awesome motoring heritage and a fair bit of cultural kitsch. It’s all there. It’s even got a natural wonder in Milford Sound, which, like the Grand Canyon, is a worthwhile diversion off the main route that it would…

7 minuti
driving force

Dick Bennetts belies his 70-plus years, both in looks and in the energy he exudes. Despite having been based in England for most of the past four decades, he still refers to New Zealand as home. His first trip to the UK was with his best mate, David Oxton, in 1972, Dick as mechanic. That leads to a question I’ve long wanted to ask him, because everyone in motor racing wanted to be a driver to start with. “I was hopeless. I started with an E39A Prefect — heavily modified of course — in Otago Sports Car Club events, so when I didn’t get any results in that I graduated to a Zephyr, and after that I stopped any idea of being a racing driver.” “…so when I didn’t get any results…