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Classic Driver

No.84 May/June 19

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 www.classicdriver.co.nz

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356 + 250

Back in NZ Classic Driver #80 (September/October 2018), we mentioned that Graham Lister (the owner of the 1958 Porsche 356A T2 coupé featured in that edition’s Porsche 356 70th anniversary feature) was putting the finishing touches to a new book on these iconic sports cars. After spending a week in the National Library Archives in Wellington, along with his brother-in-law Peter Shayle-George, Graham had sifted through registration records in order to put together a list of all the Porsche 356s registered in New Zealand from the first to arrive in November 1955 until records stopped in 1974.With this information, Graham was able to identify the 20 new RHD Porsche 356s that had been registered on our shores, comparing the records with those of the Porsche distributors. From there, over a…

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classic driver

Proudly published by RnR Publishing Ltd PO Box 220 28 Oxford Street Martinborough 5711 New Zealand + 64 6 306 6030Operations ManagerRobyn Dallimore robyn@classicdriver.co.nzAdvertising EnquiriesBruce Mountain bruce@classicdriver.co.nz 021 657 090EditorAllan Waltoneditor@classicdriver.co.nz021 614 781EditorialAllan Dickallan@classicdriver.co.nzSub-editorThiers HalliwellProofingTom ClarkeDesign + PhotographyCameron Leggettcamleggettphoto.comDistributionGordon and GotchPrintingOVATO…

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mazda and the road to le mans

In fact, you could argue that the Mazda rotary engine’s road to Le Mans actually began way back in 1967 when Takayoshi Ohashi – Mazda’s main Tokyo distributor – set up his own race team and tuning workshop. Calling his new firm ‘Mazda Sports Corner’, Ohashi ran cars both nationally and internationally. By 1982, Mazda Sports Corner had become Mazdaspeed, still run by Ohashi, and now tackling events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans in highly modified RX?7s. In 1982, a Mazdaspeed RX?7254i driven by Yojiro Terada, Takashi Yorino, and Allan Moffat finished 14th.In that same year, FISA introduced the new Group C class. This new sports car class included fuel consumption regulations as well as a Group C Junior class.Up to this point, Mazdaspeed had concentrated on…

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living the dream

Like so many others, Phil Robinson saw the Countach as the ultimate supercar, but unlike most of us, he wasn’t prepared to leave it as simply a dream. As a young boat builder there seemed no chance of him owning a real Countach, so in 1980, long before replica kits became available, he started building a replica from scratch, scaled up from a 1/12-scale model. Although it was an ambitious project for a 22-year-old, his job at Cooke Brothers Boat Builders in Christchurch meant that fabricating moulds and working with fibreglass wasn’t unknown territory. Cooke’s didn’t just build boats; among other products they also created the Volkswagen Beetle-based Taipan sports car, building around 40 in total. With that experience, Phil chose to use a VW front floor pan with its…

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upcoming events

CLASSIC CAR MEET HAMILTONWHEN: FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTHWHERE: CLASSICS MUSEUM, 11 RAILSIDE PL, HAMILTONAll makes and models welcome including Japanese and hot rods. Includes automotive only Classic Car Boot Sale. Conditions apply. Buffet breakfast available from 8.00am to 10.00am. Cash prizes and giveaways each month. For more info, contact Richard, Ph 021 205 3863 HVCCCCAFFEINE & CLASSICSWHEN: LAST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTHWHERE: SMALES FARM, AUCKLANDCaffeine & Classics is a FREE monthly classic vehicle meet open to all classic vehicles, including classic and vintage, hot rods, muscle cars, and motorcycles. Any vehicle at least 30 years old is welcome, and newer vehicles that are scratch-built, obscure or exotic also welcomed. Food and coffee available and the laid back atmosphere is the perfect way to spend your Sunday.CAFFEINE & GASOLINEWHEN: LAST…

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grand tour of new zealand celebrates the mgc’s 50th anniversary

Having attended the big international get-together in England last year and held the NZ northern event last October, it was important to complete the anniversary celebrations by meeting up with our South Island owners.The big tour started with ‘The Mighty MGs’ run, sharing the title of the book written by British motoring scribe Graham Robson that covers the stories of the MGA Twin Cam, the MGC and the MGBGT V8.The group of over 20 cars – that included MG models other than the C, plus invited Austin-Healeys – met up for morning tea in Matamata before heading to Taup? for lunch. We had seven MGCs, four V8s and one MGA Twin Cam. Another four MGCs joined us in Taup?. After lunch we visited Barry Hoffman’s impressive car collection and took…