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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

Country:
New Zealand
Language:
English
Publisher:
RNR Publishing Ltd
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IN THIS ISSUE

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electrical discharge

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 on this, turn to page 74 to read this month’s report from the Federation of Motoring Clubs. At a pinch I suppose I could still be around in 2050 to see a potentially full electric future, although whether I’d care about the subject in question by then would be debatable…

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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 and ten years later, the company that Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman founded can look back not only on a series of innovative road cars, but also an enviable motorsport record.…

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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 first car to be called a Lotus. COLIN CHAPMAN’S F1 CAREER Colin Chapman was a talented driver probably best known for racing a car of his own design, the Lotus Eleven. But…

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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 his wife Cynthia then moved to Pasadena. By the late 1980s, tired of computing, Greg decided to utilise his passion for cars by taking over ownership of a body shop…

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letters

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 they’re still perfectly fine as daily transport. My example has done more than 280,000km, and thanks to regular maintenance over its lifetime is still going strong. Apart from a slight…

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upcoming events

THE SURGERY SPRINTS WHEN: AUGUST 12 WHERE: MANFEILD AUTOCOURSE, FEILDING, 8am–5pm The format of this popular race series is very simple – a pair of cars is released onto the track at ten second intervals and they complete three laps from a flying start. Points are then awarded according to the times each driver achieves and these points go towards individual and club prizes. Rounds 4 and 5 of the series (also held at Manfeild) are scheduled for September 30 and November 25. For more information, visit: thesurgery.co.nz CRC SPEEDSHOW WHEN: JULY 21-22 WHERE: ASB SHOWGROUNDS, AUCKLAND, 9am–6pm (SATURDAY), 9am–5pm (SUNDAY) With lots of new and exciting events planned, this year’s CRC Speedshow will be bigger and even better with enough exhibits to delight even the most ardent petrolheads. The show features lots of live action on both days…

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