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Classic DriverClassic Driver

Classic Driver No 77 Mar/Apr 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 www.classicdriver.co.nz

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New Zealand
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RNR Publishing Ltd
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summer soaker

1. At least they won’t rust! A trio of Kiwi-built Herons2. Mercedes-Benz took out top honours, winning the Teams Prize, aided by the brace of 300SL roadsters owned and restored by Garry Boyce3. Survivor Class winner, super-low mileage Studebaker4. No less than five Lancia Zagatos on displayThis year marked the 36th time that I’ve attended the Ellerslie Intermarque Concours show, and I can recall only a few times when the event has been bothered by wet weather. However, even on those occasions, the clouds usually parted, welcoming back blue skies and sunshine. This time around, with a tropical cyclone lashing most of the North Island, there was no let-up, and for the first time that I can remember, the concours judging and final prizegiving had to be shifted indoors from…

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kiwi-built masterpiece

In 1957 my father was at Aintree for that year’s British Grand Prix – a race won by Stirling Moss in the Vanwall with the following three places being taken by Ferraris. In third place was Mike Hawthorn, and the following year he would become the first Englishman to win the F1 World Championship. At the time Hawthorn’s achievement was somewhat controversial as he only scored one Grand Prix win (the French GP at Reims) during the 1958 season as opposed to Stirling Moss’ four wins. However, the scoring system employed at that time worked in Hawthorn’s favour. Ironically, the single point that eventually separated him from championship runner-up, Moss – earned for setting fastest lap at the Portuguese GP – was largely down to Moss interceding when race officials…

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rod tempero motor body builder ltd

4. Rod Tempero alongside the Dino F1 he and his team created from scratchMotor body building is very much a Tempero family tradition and dates back to 1932 when Rod Tempero’s grandfather Alan took up an apprenticeship at Coker Motor Bodies of Oamaru, served in the NZ military during WWII and subsequently establishing Alan Tempero Motor Body Builders. Joined by his son Errol, Rod’s father, in 1953, the company produced caravan and bus bodies as well as building bodies on Bradford, Austin and Fordson chassis. Rod joined the family firm – now called ER Tempero Motor Body Builders – in 1979.In the early 1980s, Rod had become involved with a local car club and was keen to own a sports car. “Even an old rusty MG was beyond my wages,”…

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vauxhall’s vivacio uvs   viva!

Vauxhall introduced the very first Viva – a two-door saloon powered by a 1057cc four-cylinder engine – in 1963. Although the HA Viva’s box-like body wasn’t about to win any beauty contests, under the skin the car featured up-to-date features such as an all-synchro four-speed gearbox, rack-and-pinion steering and independent front suspension, while buyers could even option in front disc brakes. However, with only 33kW on tap the HA Viva, with a top speed of 128km/h, could hardly be considered a performance machine. The next generation Viva would, however, be the first signs of a change in Vauxhall’s traditional conservatism.The HB Viva’s much trendier ‘coke-bottle’ styling debuted at the 1966 London Motor Show, the new car’s looks having been penned by Leo Pruneau, a Detroit-based GM stylist who reputedly sketched…

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30 years and counting

1. Lance Roskillys Fraser Clubman chassis #5Having completed his NZCE with Winstones in Auckland, Neil Fraser’s first business venture was the acquisition of Reid Trailers, but while he busied himself designing and building trailers he also took to the racetrack in a Lotus Cortina, and it was here that he first came across the car that would shift his focus away from trailers – the Lotus Seven.Drawing obvious inspiration from the iconic Lotus, in 1986 Neil decided to build an inexpensive Clubman-style race car for his own use as a side project and then decided to test public interest in the car. This would eventually result in the newly minted Fraser Clubman officially breaking cover in 1988 at the Auckland Motor Expo.The first 10 cars would feature Triumph Herald front…

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letters

BLOWN MGBI am looking for some history on a well-known NZ racing car: a 1963 MGB roadster raced very early on by Charlie Conway of Chequered Flag Motors and then by Anil Naidu. The car was run with a turbocharger, and I need to prove this with contemporary race programmes and photos. The car is now being restored, and it would be great to get FIA dispensation to run again with the turbo.Renton Murray, via emailRenton tells us that he used to be Rodger Anderson’s navigator on early trials (Rodger being Donn ‘Motorman’ Anderson’s brother). He also went to school with Richard Sisler (whose cartoon is also featured in these pages) and hung around Mission Bay Motors while he worked on his Ford 10, and then Rodger and his Mini…

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