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NZ Classic Car No 338 February 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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decisions, decisions

From where I’m sitting, it would seem the holidays are over. The car needs cleaning, the ‘stuff’ needs sorting and storing, and the bank balance needs some attention. Body and soul are supposed to be rejuvenated, and we’re all looking forward to a very happy and prosperous 2019. Hopefully, most of us are feeling that we have enjoyed our holiday period and that we can now get on with some of those projects we have been promising ourselves we will work on this year. Just deciding what to do can be a problem. For example, do I accept the inevitable loss that one almost always takes when changing cars? That means: do I sell the now 8-year-old car, accept the loss that comes with that, and replace it with something newer and…

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a head-turning iconic cruiser

Turning heads is not always the prime reason for driving and enjoying a classic car; for many owners, it is simply a bonus. Something like a six-decade-old US car arouses widespread comment and is an instant conversation starter. Aucklander Rodger Anderson, owner of this immaculate 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air two-door hardtop Sport Coupe 283 V8 Turbo-Fire Powerglide, can attest to that. Rodger has lost count of the number of cars that he has owned in 60 years of motoring, but says he can think of at least 200. He has held a long-time passion for Porsche, and his motor sport career included winning the 1968 New Zealand Saloon Car Championship with a Mini Cooper S and solid race performances in a Lotus Cortina and BMW 2002 Alpina. Obviously, the Chevy is…

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opportunity lost

Ross Osborne, registrar of the Austin-Healey Car Club always had a hankering to own an MGC The story of the MGC’s introduction is well known, but development and modern tyres and equipment have largely shown that, done correctly, the car is a pretty good tourer. Hampered development The MGC evolved as part of a joint project to redesign the original MGB in a quest for more power and to develop a new Austin-Healey to replace the 3000 MkIII, which was affected by the new (in 1966) US emission laws. MG developed a bigger engine for both the MGB and the Austin-Healey 3000. However, costs and concerns that extra weight would upset the MGB’s good handling possibly stalled the idea. MG engineer Syd Enever wanted to modernize the new engine but was opposed by Alec…

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the quest for more power

Shortly before its official release in 1967, MG’s competition department prepared six special lightweight-body MGC GTS coupés for competition use. They were fitted with alloy panels, competition suspension, worked cylinder heads, and triple 45 DCOE Weber carburettors, resulting in a reliable 200bhp (149kW). In the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1968, Andrew Hedges and Paddy Hopkirk drove their car to a class win and 10th overall. Later in 1968, two of the coupés participated in the Marathon de la Route at the Nürburgring with the Hedges, Tony Fall, and Julian Vernaeve car finishing sixth. In 1969, two coupés ran fifth and sixth in their class at Sebring, while another two entered the 1970 Targa Florio and Monte Carlo Rally with mixed results.…

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lunch with bob mcmurray part two

It wasn’t long before the ambitious Ron Dennis was chasing a very big name for one of McLaren’s seats. Thirty-year-old Niki Lauda had abruptly retired during practice for the 1979 Canadian Grand Prix (GP), but, if anyone was able to persuade the Austrian back into Formula 1 (F1) for 1982, it was Dennis. “Ron was totally convinced that Niki still had the goods to make an impression on the championship. He was right — Niki was soon as fast as anyone, and won at Long Beach a few races into his second F1 career … and then won his third title and the first for Ron in 1984,” says Bob. At the first test session, however, the team wasn’t so sure. “At the Silverstone for Niki’s audition, it was the general opinion of…

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readers’ writes

Letters SEND YOUR LETTERS TO: Mail: Readers’ Writes, New Zealand Classic Car, PO Box 46,020, Herne Bay, Auckland 1147 Email: editor@classiccar.co.nz PRANCING HORSE Dear Editor, I loved the article about Tim Bailey in the latest issue [Motorman, No. 337]. I used to do photo work for him, and enclosed is an example of one of the shots that we actually sold to Ferrari. The black stallion was in New Zealand for a reshoot of … [The Black Stallion], the movie with Mickey Rooney[, as a series]. Pic was taken at Puketutu Island stables. The Fi was in NZ for a promotional tour. It was owned by a chap in Australia, and I actually got to drive it! Cheers, Rob A REAL GENTLEMAN I would like to congratulate the magazine and Donn Anderson on the excellent article on…

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