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NZ Classic Car No 327 March 2018

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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we had one of those

The photograph on page 86 of this issue, of a very nice Morris Minor at the Canterbury All British Day, brought back fond childhood memories. My father was not a ‘car’ person by any stretch of the imagination, but he did have a liking for Morris Minors. The first Morris Minor that I can recall him buying was an early low-light model. From memory, it was a two-door, and wore a rather nasty dent on one of the rear mudguards — which didn’t deter my father one little bit, as he never bothered to have it repaired. The trusty old 918cc side-valve Morrie served us well for a year or two before my father decided to upgrade to a later model Morris Minor 1000 — about 1960, I think. As a young…

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women and the marque ellerslie classic car show

While the name may have changed, the focus of the event remains the same — to bring together New Zealand’s cornerstone clubs, members, volunteers, cars, sponsors, and a good number of visitors to enjoy our shared passion. This year’s event was once again a great success and an event of which the organizers and everyone involved can be proud. The 2018 Ellerslie Classic Car Show unofficially kicked off on the Saturday with the annual Meguiar’s Classic Car Tours d’Elegance, hosted by the MG Car Club Auckland Centre, beginning at a number of locations in the greater Auckland region and ultimately converging on the Vellenoweth Green in Saint Heliers. Unfortunately, the adverse weather conditions played a major part in proceedings, with a number of cars being sat out of Saturday’s drive to…

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masters class

The Masters Class is open to all car-club members. It comprises individual entries, limited to six cars for each club. These cars are among the finest restored vehicles you will find anywhere. The calibre of entrants in the Masters Class this year was once again at the level we’ve come to expect of this event, which draws enthusiasts from around the country. Two stunning vehicles battled it out to take out the top prize. Harald Decker’s beautiful 190 SL was up against the 1969 Mach 1 Mustang belonging to John Hellens. Both cars are testament to the work done by the restorers and owners. After hours of meticulous judging, the top honour went to Harald Decker’s 190 SL, with a score of 571 points out of a possible 590 — the…

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teams event

The hotly contested Teams Event — generally limited to eight teams — is judged to the same rules as the Masters Class. Each club entry consists of two cars — clubs can enter more than one team — and the winning team earns the right to host the following year’s event. With nine teams entered this year, it was always going to be close. Fortunately, the teams of judges were able to perform their duties under cover as they methodically worked their way through their areas of expertise. At the end of the day, and after a long and challenging judging session, Garry Boyce emerged as the winner, with his two superbly presented Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadsters, which earned a combined total score of 1117 out of a possible 1180 points. World first The…

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survivors class

The criteria for the Survivors Class are quite simple: eligible vehicles are those which are predominantly original, unrestored, and not modified in any way — in other words, they’re ‘survivors’. This year’s winning car was ruled out of the 2017 Survivors event as it didn’t comply with the rule of having a current WOF and registration. The rectification of this issue for the 2018 competition saw the Studebaker storm home. With its speedometer at under 120 miles — that is not a misprint; this car has fewer than 120 miles on the clock, and the plastic is on the seats as if to prove it — beating this old American classic was going to be a tall order. If there had been a prize for the car that provided the most smiles…

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the dream become reality

Australian motor racing legend Peter Brock claimed that the Torana was the greatest touring car he had driven in his 40-year career, and he drove some potent machinery in Australia and Europe. Holden’s 1978 Holden Dealer Team (HDT) Torana A9X won three championships in three years, was on pole position at all Bathurst events it was entered in, and won twice at the ‘Great Race’. It defined the 1970s Australian muscle car — along with the Ford Falcon GT ‘Shaker’ — and, when driven by Brock, our own Jim Richards, and John Harvey at HDT, it absolutely humbled the opposition. Privateers Bob Morris and Allan Grice also tasted great success with their Toranas. With General Motors Holden’s (GMH) characteristic shyness of any ‘supercar’ publicity, and a reluctance to actually name the car…