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NZ Classic Car No 332 August 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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winterizing your classic

Like many classic car owners I know, visiting local and international classic car forums on a regular basis is something I enjoy. I not only find many of the discussion topics very interesting, I’ve also learnt a great deal over the years about many aspects of classic car ownership, especially when it comes to receiving technical advice from other members. A few months ago while reading through a US-based vintage Mustang forum, I found myself immersed in a rather contentious discussion topic about winter storage for classic cars. As I read through the many and varied threads, I was astounded by the extreme lengths some classic car owners in the US go to in order to store their cars during the winter months. Admittedly, the winter conditions in some parts of…

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legendary status

James Dean appeared in three Hollywood ‘youth’ movies: East of Eden rocketed him to fame while he was still alive; Rebel Without a Cause was released less than a month after his death; and his final movie, Giant, was released in November 1956. In September 1955, James Dean, aged 24 years old, drove his Porsche 550 Spyder at speed into a much bigger car coming the other way (it was on the wrong side of the road), and he thus secured himself legendary status as a now-dead-but-immortal figure in American youth culture. As long-departed idols go, James Byron Dean is second only to Elvis Presley in terms of posthumous income, with Marilyn Monroe a distant third. And, as with many conspiracy theories, James Dean fiction has merged so seamlessly with fact…

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“i just restore old mazdas”

A passion for Mazdas over some 21 years has become a business reality for Cory Wilson and his partner Lizzie, and, along with their small team, they are fast earning a reputation for doing it properly and doing it right. “I just restore old Mazdas. I rebuild the engines, and I have the contacts for getting things such as the paint and the upholstery done, and, thanks to years of networking, I have the contacts to find the bits you can’t get anywhere else,” Cory says. A car painter by trade for some 11 years, his passion for the intriguing little Japanese cars powered by Felix Wankel’s rotary-engine design has led to the setting up of Retro Automotive, which specializes in these cars. Located in the old Roslyn Mills Industrial Estate in Kaikorai…

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mazda roadpacer ap

The Roadpacer AP (for ‘Absolute Performance’) was Mazda’s answer to the Toyota Century, Nissan President, Isuzu Statesman De Ville, and Mitsubishi Debonair (love those Japanese model names!). Built from 1975 to 1977, the Roadpacer had been planned as a relatively cheap answer to Mazda’s lack of a large sedan body in its line-up and to compete in the lucrative local executive car market in Japan. Mazda took the already-well-equipped HJ and HX Holden Premier sedan bodies, minus their engines, and then substantially upgraded the trim and mechanical components on the cars. This meant ‘heavy’, and so the choice of engine may not have been the most suitable. The engine fitted was Mazda’s 13B rotary, naturally aspirated, and it struggled somewhat with the ponderous final kerb weight. It was Mazda’s way of making…

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the colour purple

She could really see herself enjoying driving around in a Mini, and, if it were purple, well, that would just be a bonus! The Mini, one of the most recognized cars ever produced, began production in 1959 and was an instant success. Its transverse-engine front-wheel-drive layout not only influenced a generation of carmakers but also defined a new genre of motor car. With all four wheels ‘pushed out’ to the extremities of all four corners, interior space was maximized, giving the car a wider stance, better balance, and nimble handling. In addition, the transverse engine, mounted directly over the front tyres, provided excellent traction and grip. Alec Issigonis’s uniquely designed small car, with its incredibly compact dimensions, had indeed broken the mould, becoming the best-selling British car in history, with a production…

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readers’ writes

MAD ON CARS What an amazing story about the 1936 MG SA in the July issue [No. 331]! Great reading, a lively report on one family’s ownership of a car and all that had been done (with a lot of Kiwi ingenuity and skill) in keeping it alive. Mention is made of one or two other SAs in New Zealand, but nothing about one which I recall seeing in Wellington in the early 1960s. A bunch of us in Form 6 at Wellington College were mad on cars and the sportier the car, the madder we were. I still have the brochures I ‘obtained’ for the Riley One Point Five and (wait for it) the 1961 Jaguar E-Type, and we even drooled over an MG Y we saw (gee, it had had…