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NZ Classic Car No 336 December 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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classics of tomorrow

Last month, we asked you, the readers of New Zealand Classic Car, to pick your own version of a modern classic car. The choices were interesting: everything from the almost-obvious picks — the Ferrari 480 as an example — to cars we may not think of as today’s classics but that may well become important classics in the future. The Nissan Leaf and the Tesla are both in that category, and, according to you, they get there on two counts. They are both examples of early mass-produced electric cars and, depending on which way electric vehicles (EVs) go in the future, they could either become complete orphans — as interesting as a vintage steam-powered car is today — or be forerunners of the type of car everyone is driving. Readers also…

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gm1 when cars were stars

As Formula 1 (F1) became ‘Ecclestonized’, those days of famous-name drivers coming down here for their summer in the sun faded to just good memories. Most New Zealanders knew the names of those famous drivers, but they couldn’t have told you the names on the cars being raced. With the demise of the Tasman Series, which was what had brought the glamour teams and their drivers here, the New Zealand and Australian motor sport administrators settled on a new international formula as a replacement. This time, they went for an F1-style car powered by a motor with a capacity limit of five litres. These were fire-breathing monsters almost as fast as the F1 cars themselves. The well-known driver lists also faded and, apart from McLaren, most of the brand names on the…

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the rover 2000/3500 a classic without compromise

The Rover car company might well have a reputation for building worthy but not particularly exciting cars; dignified, proper cars, in which pipe smoking helped to season the leather and walnut interior. The large, square P5 Rover was a natural choice for upper management of the era who thought Jaguars a bit too racy — although the introduction of the V8 engine to the P5 in 1967 converted what Autocar called a “gentlemen’s club on wheels” into the fastest gentlemen’s club on wheels. The P5 Rover never really dropped into the cheap category; it was always a little exclusive — the Queen got around in one for years. The cars attracted drivers who would treat them gently and had garages in which to keep them. They were built like the tanks…

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speedway midgets in new zealand 1938–1970s

Midget car racing originated in Los Angeles in 1933 — four-cylinder cars were ‘midgets’ in the land of the V8. The first races were held on former bicycle-racing board tracks. Early New Zealand speedways Monica Park Speedway in Ferry Road, Christchurch, was such a roaring success that, when it opened on 9 November 1929, a second night of ‘broadsiding’ was held three days later on Tuesday night. A year later, the Western Springs track opened in Auckland on 30 November, and construction was slated for a track at Tonga Park in Dunedin, giving the country five tracks. The Palmerston North track opened on 27 December 1930. The final night of the 1930–’31 season was hailed as a Grand Carnival night. It included a match race between Otago and Canterbury, a penny-farthing cycle race,…

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prize-winning list

I refer to your editorial in the latest edition [Issue No. 335], and wish to comment on some models that may indeed be future classics, or, in one case, a classic already. 1. Nissan Figaro, 1990 and 1991—a limited-edition retro 1000cc turbocharged convertible; now a ‘cult’ car in the UK, with a very strong owners club. A remarkable little car with some unusual features, including being the first production model to be fitted with a CD player — or so I’ve read. There are very few in New Zealand, but some have been imported from Japan. 2. Rover 75 V8 (4.6-litre Mustang powered) and MG ZT V8. I believe there were four of each imported to New Zealand, one of which I owned for seven years — one of only 25 built…

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a nissan leaf or two

Editor, I guess if I knew the answer to this I’d be wealthy, and would have already bought and sold some really decent cars. Cars one may still find on the market today but which have not yet entered an obvious classic list: • Alfasud Sprint Mk1 — I think if I came across a good one of these today, I’d buy it. • A few of the hot, small French cars of recent years; the Peugeot 205 GTI; Renault 5 also had a few variants that are now sought after. • Mazda MX-5. • The last Holdens and Falcons — although that may take a while. • Cars currently for sale new: —BMW M3 M5, etc. —Audi RS 6, 8, etc. • Mercedes biturbo models — the faster, the better. • Nissan Leaf or two. • Tesla car or SUV. •…