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Classic Driver No 79 July/Aug 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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electrical discharge

1. The future of motoring in Europe – Porsche’s all-electric Taycan2. The future of motoring in the USA? Coal-burning Chevy Following our feature on Evie, Mercury’s electrified Ford Fairlane, I received a number of emails from readers referencing the rise of the electric car to recent news that plans are afoot to ensure that by 2050 New Zealand will be a fossil-fuel free country. And, of course, the potential impact these plans may have on our classic cars – will historic vehicles still be able to use our roads, or will they be confined to museums, or simply scrapped? For more...

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seventy years of lotus cars   (part one)

In 1947, Colin Chapman’s secondhand car business failed, a direct consequence of the UK’s post-war economic crisis. Only 19 at the time, all that Chapman was left with was a tired old Austin 7. Not one to sit by and watch the world pass him by, the teenager teamed up with two mates – Colin Dare and Rodney Nuckey – and proceeded to strip down, modify and rebuild the Austin. Chapman’s engineering know-how led to some innovative suspension and engine modifications and, in November 1948, what would later be referred to as the Lotus MkI was complete. From these small beginnings, three score...

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seventy years of lotus cars – highs and lows

1948: THE BEGINNING At the beginning of the company 70 years ago, the name ‘Lotus’ wasn’t used. Colin Chapman’s very first car, what is now known as the Lotus MkI – a trials car built in 1948 – was essentially a modified 1928 Austin Seven saloon and it wasn’t actually called a Lotus. The donor car was an unsold leftover from Colin Chapman’s short-lived used car business, one that ceased to operate when petrol rationing was abolished in 1947. Another trials car, the MkII, followed in 1949, followed by the MkIII, a circuit-racing car in 1951. The MkII would be the...

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air-cooled classic

Readers with good memories will recall that we first met Greg Fletcher in the March/April 2017 edition of NZ Classic Driver when we featured his 1971 Vauxhall VX4/90 as part of our story on the 50 anniversary of the FD Victor. For those who didn’t read that feature, some key aspects of Greg’s motoring history are worth repeating. Very much a GM enthusiast, Greg actually learnt how to drive in an early E-series Vauxhall Cresta. He also owned a Magnum 2.3 and a Holden SL/R5000 prior to moving to the USA. Initially based in Florida, working on mainframe computers, Greg and...

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Mail: Email: Facebook:RADISICH RECTIFICATION I enjoyed your article on Radisich Telstars in the latest issue (NZ Classic Driver #78), as the owner of one it’s good to see them getting some recognition. My brother and I both own Radisich Telstars; his is a 1994 Series 1 model in Cobalt Blue while I have owned my Series II 1996 model (#9/100, in Moonlight Blue) for about two years now. We are both still appreciating what a smooth, powerful, quiet, modern-feeling car they are - Mazda did an amazing design job with the GE series, they have endured well and more than 20 years later...

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mail bag - email - facebook feedback

The Crafts’ Minis If you have anything to share about the world of classic motoring, feedback on these pages, or a story we should cover contact us. Follow us on Facebook, send an email to editor@classicdriver.co.nz, or surface mail to: CD Letters, PO Box 220, Martinborough 5741. ■...