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NZ Classic Car

NZ Classic Car

No 358 October 2020

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.

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Language:
English
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Parkside Media
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3 min.
mr perfect

One of the things I have learnt to enjoy during the recent lockdown periods in Auckland, apart from working on this great magazine, is watching motoring-related topics on YouTube. From barn finds, which I always find intriguing, to eclectic collections featuring hundreds of classic cars, sometimes languishing in dark, musty, dilapidated old sheds covered in years’ worth of dust just waiting for their owners to restore or drive them — one day. Classic motor racing has become one of my favourites. Old footage of events such as the Monaco Grand Prix, Le Mans, Indianapolis 500, Goodwood Festival of Speed, and Mille Miglia have kept me entertained for hours. Back in the late ’80s, I remember watching what must be one of the best motor sport films ever made. The clip featuring 1981…

19 min.
renulternative lifestyle

The Renault Alpine GTA is a car that seems to attract admiration without much enthusiasm. Its slightly hunched rear and slightly overlong and fairly bland nose don’t say ‘sports car’ like the pouty Porsche 911s of the same vintage do, nor do they say ‘grand tourer’ like Bentleys do. Of course, they cost much less but even so their appeal is a lot more subtle. The previous model, the A310, was criticized for being underwhelming and this car was probably also unfairly weighted with low expectations. Perhaps the car’s biggest burden was the Renault name. As a maker of practical if quirky French saloons, Renault didn’t have the same éclat as Porsche, Lotus, and Jensen, let alone Ferrari or other exotica. A previous Alpine, the A110, built by that specialist maker…

9 min.
project adder an mgb with bite

Bill and Rae Denize have been active MG Car Club members in Wellington for nearly 32 years. They have held a variety of positions on the club committee, and now that they are both retired they can be even more involved in the club’s activities. Bill is currently the president of the MG Car Club, Wellington Centre. The list of cars they’ve owned over the years is testament to their passion for the brand. It includes a 1972 Midget — the round rear-wheel-arch model with 1275cc motor; a three-door 2004 MG ZR; a 2005 MG ZR (five-door); and Rae’s 2005 MG TF, which they still own. Bill also raced a 1967 Morris Mini Cooper S at Manfeild for many years. That car featured in an article in Issue No. 265, January…

8 min.
a diamond in the rough

The demise of car production in Australia, first of BMC and Chrysler and in recent times of the big two, has only increased the popularity of their vehicles. Ann and Lew Eustace have a passion for classic cars, particularly ones from the US, and their Invercargill garage contains some amazing examples in pristine condition thanks to Lew’s skills and high standards working with metal. Lew has lost count of the number of cars and trucks he has restored over the years. For a number of years, he also helped restore some of the exhibits at what is now Bill Richardson Transport World in Invercargill. He explains how his interest in restoring cars started, with an incident in his youth motivating the quality he achieves in each restoration: “I learnt early on…

2 min.
eurostyle aussie

The big two-door coupé version of the preceding XC model was dropped and the new five-model range consisted of Falcon GL sedan and station wagon, Fairmont sedan and station wagon, and a top-of-the-range Ghia sedan. Commercial versions were launched in September 1979 and consisted of a base model Falcon utility and GL version plus Falcon base-model van and GL versions. The fresh new styling, with its distinctive door sills lower than the back and front windscreen and square lines, was a departure from the rounded look of the XC model. It was well received and made steady sales in both Australia and New Zealand. In 1976, Ford collaborated with Honda in the initial design and production of an aluminium cylinder head for its sixes. It was to replace the old cast-iron…

1 min.
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