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NZ Classic Car No 333 September 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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every car has a story — so does its owner

I was recently asked in a general conversation what I did for a living. My general response is to say that I work for a media company, and this time, like many other times when asked the same question, the person pressed for a more precise answer. At this point I responded, like I usually do, by saying that I am the editor of New Zealand Classic Car magazine, to which the reply is, more often than not, ‘What a great job you have, you must see some great cars’. This conversation was much like any other that focuses on my favourite, most expensive, or most exotic classic car that I’ve come across during my years of working on this magazine, and the discussion generally turns into a lengthy one about…

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50 years of the ford escort

In Twin Cam form, the rorty little Ford Escort performed way above expectations and has developed a cult following over the decades Whatever you remember it for, Kiwis have a long-running love affair with the pesky Esky, having been assembled en masse locally and pedalled in virtually every type of motor sport event held in this country. It’s been five decades since Ford debuted the MkI at the Brussels Motor Show in 1968, so what better excuse to celebrate this milestone than with a feature on one of the finest Twin Cam Escorts (page 8) we’ve seen in many years? In Twin Cam form, the rorty little Ford Escort performed way above expectations and has developed a cult following over the decades. Today, with just a few hundred Twin Cams remaining, high…

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the jeweller’s touch

Andrew Neill remembers A previous owner of our featured Ford MkI Escort Twin Cam — restored by Bruce Mayo — is Oamaru automotive engineer Andrew Neill. Andrew is well known in motor sport circles for the fabrication and repair of race cars, custom work, restoration, and engine preparation, as well as modifications to current and classic cars for both the race track and rallying. Bruce Mayo bought his Escort Twin Cam off Paul Mortimer in Oamaru, and it has been an interesting exercise talking to Andrew and filling in the gaps in the history of this rare little car. Amazingly, the car and bits of it keep turning up in Andrew’s hands. “I’m thinking that I would have purchased the car somewhere around 1977 to 1978 — probably 1978 to be correct,” Andrew says.…

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In the US in 1951, all the stars were aligned. Joe DiMaggio — a name most of us know, even if we’re not intimately acquainted with what he did — had just played his last game, and his team won another baseball World Series. The world’s first nuclear power station had been fired up, and Alan Freed, a Cleveland-based disc jockey, introduced rock and roll music to the world and popularized the term itself. Harry S Truman was president and petrol cost 19 cents a gallon. The average price of a brand-new car was US$1500, and the average annual salary in the US of A was $3500. A new house would cost you $9K! New cars were all the rage, and manufacturers were cashing in as much as they could on…

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living the dream

I decided it was time to test the reality of owning my own Austin 7 and seeing if I could keep it going When an aunt and uncle first invited me for days and weekends out of a British boarding school, I little realized it would end on the other side of the world, at the roadside, peering under the bonnet of an old Austin that had temporarily lost the urge to go. Would foresight have changed the course of my life? I doubt it. That uncle and aunt provided a haven of sanity during my teenage years, a stress-free oasis — albeit one laden with eccentric and aged motor vehicles. Tony had started with traction engines, moved to old cars when the engines wouldn’t fit in his garage, segued to bikes…

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readers’ writes

BRICK YARD RACER I read with interest Geoff Lewis’s article on the 1924 Indianapolis Stutz Speedway Six in the August issue [No. 332]. My late father had a Stutz in the late 1930s. He purchased it from the Gardner family who owned the brickworks in New Lynn. John Gardner owned J Gardner Motors in Newmarket, being the Porsche agents in the ’50s and also brought the first Datsuns into New Zealand. Dad ran the Stutz for a couple of years before selling it, as he joined the NZ Air Force as a leading aircraftman servicing planes at Whenuapai and maintaining the family orchard in Henderson, which is now Cranwell Park. I recently donated a number of photos to MOTAT and some to the Waipu settlers museum, one being [of] the Stutz. A close friend…