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NZ Classic Car

No 339 March 2019

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.

Country:
New Zealand
Language:
English
Publisher:
Parkside Media
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IN THIS ISSUE

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wondering out loud…

Dear readers,Contemplating what a classic car magazine should look like each month is always a challenge as much as it is an enjoyable part of the job. Should we include an article on a car that is not a classic but is as quirky as it was unsuccessful; should we include an article on something that is not a car but is certainly a classic, and was used for personal or even mass transport?We have decided to solicit your help. We’d like to hear from our readers about whether there is support to include features on machines that do not conform to the classic car description but are certainly classics of transport design.Very shortly, we will include a feature on classic motorcycles. We’ll look at the role a particular motorcycle…

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sunshine blesses best collectables

Whether it was the pent-up demand after wet weather put off many potential visitors last year or the lure of a host of newly restored or imported classics, organizers estimated that visitor numbers to the 2019 show on Sunday, 10 February were up about 10 per cent on the previous best turnouts.Spokesman David Burke-Kennedy says that it is impossible to get accurate numbers, as more than 1000 complementary tickets go to exhibitors; sponsors; and, of course, the car club members, whose cars make the event New Zealand’s biggest and best car show. Even though the event is technically an amateur affair, organized by a committee of car club representatives, David has frequently heard from others who have been to the world’s most famous concours events that the Auckland show —…

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a true survivor

It was Chris Stephens who entered this 1962 EJ Holden in the Survivors category of February’s Intermarque Concours d’Elegance at the Ellerslie Classic Car Show, where it duly took first place, but actual ownership is a moot point. Chris says that he bought the car 15 years ago, nominally for his daughter Jen. He was looking for a Holden, and saw this one advertised. Even though it was clearly a collectable gem even then, it became Jen’s car, and she has put it to good use.A former All Black was swiftly put right about Jen’s ownership a few years ago, after casually mentioning to her at a social event that he liked “Dad’s car”. But no matter — now that it has a Concours winner’s certificate and trophy with Dad’s…

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ford capri 50th anniversary

Great cars can surprise their creators, and, despite the confident slogan, Ford Europe was well and truly caught out by the success of the Capri.Designed in 1969 as a European alternative to the successful American Ford Mustang, the Capri’s last-minute entrance on the final day of the 1969 Brussels Motor Show captured and presented 1970s chic like nothing else in the market, especially for the price.Ford had cleverly identified a market sector for a cheaper, stylish, sport coupé able to seat four as a viable alternative to a two-seat sports car — a concept that the manufacturer would progressively develop over a 15-year period. Earlier Capris had been Cortina-derivative coupés, but this new European, with its own striking coupé styling, set the standard on the road and the racetrack. Its…

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the little grey fergie

A part of our landscapeThey were once everywhere — here on the farm; towing the mowers around sports grounds, parks, and schools; towing the boat to the ramp; or maybe just quietly rusting under a tree or falling-down shed somewhere. Even so, in 2019, there’s still a fair few of them around doing odd jobs on lifestyle blocks, or, like the examples in this story, just parked up and well kept.There’s children books, music, and videos about them; they have featured on a New Zealand stamp and even on our five-dollar note; museums have examples on display; there’s a craft brewery with one in the foyer; and, of course, that black-singlet-and-gumboot-wearing Fred Dagg used one for almost everything. In the mid-’70s energy crisis, whatever needed power, Fred was just going…

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readers’ writes

Letter of the MONTHHOWARD’S END, OR NOTThis year it will be 50 years since my wife Ruth, myself, and three other friends completed our own overland odyssey from London to Invercargill in a 1964 Vauxhall PB Cresta. Nicknamed ‘Angela’, the car took us across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia, and we also towed a caravan all the way, over 32,000km.I have had this stupid thought of obtaining another Cresta and recreating that overland car. But then I had the frightening thought that maybe the original Cresta is in a shed, store, or hay barn somewhere in Southland.The registration number was EG2580 when I sold it in October 1970 to Gormack Wilks Davidson Ltd, GM dealers in Invercargill. I know that at some time way back it became unregistered.Have…

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