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NZ Classic Car

No 347 November 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.

New Zealand
Parkside Media
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nz classic car

MANAGING EDITOR Ian Parkes EDITOR Ashley Webb, editor@classiccar.co.nz SUBEDITORS Karen Alexander, Richard Adams-Blackburn PROOFREADER Odelia Schaare ADVERTISING SALES Dean Payn, dean.payn@parkside.co.nz ADVERTISING COORDINATION Renae Fisher ADVERTISING PRODUCTION Day Barnes CONTRIBUTORS Terry Cobham, Michael Clark, Donn Anderson, Patrick Harlow, Greg Price, Quinton Taylor, Ross MacKay, Aaron Mai, Garry Boyce, Jaden Martin, Steve Ritchie COVER CAR 1994 Toyota Celica GT4 Group A Photography by Jared Clark NEW ZEALAND CLASSIC CAR MAGAZINE IS PUBLISHED BY PUBLISHER Greg Vincent, greg.vincent@parkside.co.nz BUSINESS DIRECTOR Michael White, michael.white@parkside.co.nz GENERAL MANAGER Simon Holloway, simon.holloway@parkside.co.nz SUBSCRIPTIONS MANAGER Liz Brook DATA ANALYST Isobel Woudberg…

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it’s targa time

I think I’m beginning to believe in the old cliché that reminds us that the older we get, the faster time passes us by. I say this because I honestly can’t believe a whole year has gone by since we were setting out last year’s Targa programme in this magazine. It’s been 25 years since the first Targa New Zealand took place in 1995, and in the years between then and now, the event has been through many changes. In 1995, the majority of the entrants drove classic cars; today’s larger fields include fewer classics, although older competition cars still make up a good proportion of the Targa field. However, the challenge laid down by Targa New Zealand remains unchanged: there are no quick sprints to the finish, but tenacity, consistent driving, and…

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gravel toyota celica gt4 / group a warrior

Andrew and Julie Mackenzie have owned Albany Toyota since 1994. Today, the group consists of Albany Toyota, Warkworth Toyota, and service centres on the North Shore and Hibiscus Coast and is run by their son Haydn. It was inevitable Andrew would end up with his own dealership one day. Growing up in Blenheim with an uncle owning the local Ford dealership, naturally he was surrounded by Fords. His uncle would often take him to local street races to watch the plethora of Zephyrs, Anglias, Cortinas, and Vivas, to name a few, compete for victory. Being one of 10 children, Andrew felt privileged to be taken to local race meetings and would often dream about owning some of the cars. When Andrew left school, he was determined to get into the car business…

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a mazda with a difference

You could argue the MX-5 is a very successful product. In fact, if one were to park every MX-5 manufactured since production began in 1989 nose to tail along State Highway 1 starting at Cape Reinga, that line would stretch to Bluff, back to Cape Reinga, and south again as far as somewhere in the forest between Tokoroa and Taupo. At the rate it is still selling 30 years after its launch, the line would soon reach Taupo — quite some achievement for a car that almost wasn’t. No other manufacturer of any sports car has come anywhere close to that. The car was inspired by the Lotus Elan, and by reliable estimates a credible 12,220 of those were produced. It’s interesting to note that Lotus’s official figures are somewhat below…

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italian flair, american muscle

Everyone thought the P70 project with Carroll Shelby was dead and buried, and as the last De Tomaso was made at least 15 years ago, it seemed that there would never be a new car. Following a chequered list of owners, along came the Hong Kong–based investment company Ideal Team Venture (ITV) in 2014. This partnership resulted in a stunning retro-styled Italian De Tomaso supercar that was launched at one of the biggest gatherings of classic cars and enthusiasts in Europe. Like the Pantera and Mangusta, the P72 is all Italian look-at-me flair, from its rose-gold trim, wheels, and interior instruments, to that amazing retro-curved body in metallic wine. Designer Jowyn Wong, of UK-based Wyn Design, drew inspiration from two De Tomaso racing prototype designs: the Sport 1000/2000 and echoes of…

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de tomaso history

De Tomaso Modena SpA was founded by Argentinian racing driver Alejandro de Tomaso in Modena, Italy in 1959, and initially produced a variety of racing cars. For a small company, it was a surprisingly innovative and active one and was associated with some great motoring and motor sport entities. It produced sports prototypes and created cars for Formula Junior and all three international race formulas. In Formula 1 (F1), De Tomaso was remembered for building cars for the British Frank Williams F1 team in 1970, with drivers Piers Courage, Brian Redman, and Tim Schenken. The chassis used was the De Tomaso 505/38, designed by Gian Paolo Dallara, using the indomitable Cosworth-Ford V8. The car debuted at the 1970 South African Grand Prix (GP) but success was elusive. Born in Buenos Aires,…