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NZ Classic Car No 354 June 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
time to enjoy

As I write this editorial, Kiwis are revelling in day one of Level 2 after being thrown into complete Level 4 lockdown on 25 March in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic. We were told that things were going to get worse before they got better, and that these drastic measures were necessary to give us the best chance to contain the spread of the virus. Several weeks later, we are now all fully aware of the carnage, both locally and internationally, that Covid-19 has caused, but now the world is fighting to get back to normality, however that looks, post this pandemic. Although many Kiwis are still wary about the virus, the move to Level 2 offers so much more freedom to burst out of our bubbles and socialize with…

10 minuti
an affair of the art

If Enzo Ferrari had been French, old Ferraris might not go fast. They’d look alright in the right setting, a fashion show or furniture fair, but definitely not at a race track — they might not even be more reliable. They’d have little motors that sipped fuel like it was a hot espresso, but they would ride very nicely. Just as well he wasn’t German. If that was the case, his cars would go quite well, last forever, and look like a pair of rolled-up socks. He could have been American. In that case an old Ferrari would weigh 2.5 tons, with a cast-iron V8. It would look like an early NASA space vehicle, and it wouldn’t go round corners. Fortunately, he was an Italian, and as we know, it seems…

10 minuti
frank’s dream

During the 1940s, Ford battled financial issues but fought back with several successful new products. Although the decade will always be remembered as ‘The War Years’, Ford produced some vehicles outside of its war effort that are still very much sought after by enthusiasts today. In January 1948, a new era began at the Ford Motor Company with the release of a new range of trucks. Ford promoted this range as the ‘Bonus Built Line’. It featured an extensive range of models with different cab and chassis combinations starting out with the light-duty half-ton-rated F-1 pickup trucks through to the extra heavy-duty, three-ton-rated F-8. The fresh new look of the F-series line-up was met with a positive response from the buying public. The squared-off front guards wrapped smoothly into the front fascia,…

10 minuti
rescued, restored, and revered

Born in an era when Japanese coupés took styling cues from the American muscle car scene, Subaru followed the trend with its GLF coupé — although, as a Japanese-proportioned car, it’s perhaps a muscle car viewed from the wrong end of a telescope. More important, historically speaking, than the GLF’s looks is the fact that Subaru offered a very non–muscle car four-wheel drive as well as turbo-charged versions of this car. Among the American metal that dominated this year’s Otautau Car Show I spotted a 1981 Subaru GLF Series 2 coupé in pristine condition. Turns out its owner, Mathew Taylor, is a keen collector of Subarus and a more-than-handy restorer. Mathew was taking the coupé on its first extended drive after its six and a half year journey back from the brink.…

8 minuti
when slot cars ruled the room

To this impressionable youth, the entrance to Aladdin’s cave was the Pit Stop, two floors above the Regent Theatre on Auckland’s Queen Street. It was an oasis of multilane wooden slot car raceways, the walls emblazoned with motor racing art and adverts, with hypnotically attractive model race cars in brightly lit glass cases blasting out in the subdued ambient lighting. The Pit Stop was a mecca for boys and young men in the mid to late 1960s. A twilight wonderland, it attracted us like moths to a naked bulb, glittering with state-of-the-art day-glo/metalflake sleek racers and hot on-track action. In 1969, we were young pretenders, only just in the first year of high school. We’d heard word through the grapevine of this groovy place where you could race your own cars on…

7 minuti
‘guru’ reveals formula for success

By the mid 1980s, Dunedin-born Dick Bennetts’ West Surrey Racing (WSR) team had become synonymous with success and engineering excellence. Running in the highly competitive British Formula 3 (F3) championship, it had become the go-to team. And as Ayrton Senna’s star shone brighter and brighter in Formula 1 (F1), insiders who knew about Dick’s contribution to the Brazilian’s success in F3 appreciated his talents all the more. For 1985, Senna introduced Dick to his compatriot Maurício Gugelmin. “Despite not having Ayrton’s raw talent, he gave fantastic feedback,” recalls Dick. That year was the dawn of a new era for F3 with the two manufacturers offering cars — the Ralts of the legendary Ron Tauranac, or the flash carbon fibre newcomers from Adrian Reynard. Dick acknowledges being both conservative and having…