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NZ Classic Car No 341 May 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.

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cars as art? cars as classics?

This issue contains stories on a Japanese classic — “is there any such thing?” I hear you calling. A French classic from Citroën, a company that has made many classics — still I hear some of you calling. A V12 American — surely almost anything with a V12 motor must be a classic? I still hear the occasional voice; and an MG from the era when everything they made is now a classic — finally, the last voice dies away. As an aside, I would add, don’t hold your breath for anything from today that now wears that MG badge to enter the list of classics. We also have an interview with a fellow who is a classic himself. In short, something for everyone. But what is it that makes a…

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elegance + power

Just over a year ago, I sat with Stuart Bilbrough watching our photographer, Adam Croy, take fantastic photos of Stuart’s 1958 Studebaker Champion. Those photos would grace the front cover and pages of the April 2018 issue of this magazine, No. 328. Readers may remember the crux of the Studebaker’s story being the car’s incredible originality and very low mileage. As we watched Adam applying his masterful talent behind the camera lens, Stuart told me that he was thinking of selling the Stude’, as his passion for the car was in the low miles and well-documented New Zealand history rather than a long-time desire to own a Studebaker. (This aside, Stuart also loves the Golden Hawk and Avanti.) We estimated a price range that it could possibly fetch and from which…

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systeme masera ti — the citroën sm

It sits there almost like something from the future, which it isn’t, and not from the past, which it is. French chic absolutely — as French as Chanel’s little black dress; as mad as a bottle of absinthe, and probably just as much trouble; a transport testament to France, the country that brought us sophisticated stuff such as the guillotine, the pencil sharpener, Etch A Sketch, the frameless parachute, and the world’s first air-powered submarine — all useful to a greater or lesser degree. Power and comfort The car featured here is the result of all that skill for inventing once it had been put to practical use. In 1960 — almost 60 years ago now — the board of Citroën decided to try to use this very French penchant in a…

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lunch with graeme lawrence part one

My customary morning text to Graeme Lawrence on 25 December doesn’t extend ‘merry Christmas’ greetings, but rather a ‘happy birthday’ message. But in 2018, there was an addition: “How would you like to be my guest in a ‘Lunch with…’?” The response was immediate: “I’d be honoured, Shag. In fact, to make it easier, I’ll come to Auckland and pay for lunch.” We meet at Harlan Pepper, Graeme’s son’s modern and excellent cafe in Kingsland. The trim 78-year-old is as spritely as ever, despite arthritis ravaging his fingers. The ‘Lola limp’ from the fateful accident in the 1972 New Zealand Grand Prix (GP) could be worse, but it’s a daily reminder of how bad that crash was. When Graeme catches up with fellow F5000 buddies Warwick Brown and Kevin Bartlett, he can…

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better than new

You can’t help thinking that this car is better than new. Drink in the flawless paint; the deep gloss on the walnut dashboard; the taut hood with ruler-straight stitching; and, above all, the tight shut lines of the bonnet and doors — you can’t imagine them being this good straight out of the factory in Abingdon or even from the Tickford coachbuilders in Newport Pagnell, where this one came from. MGs of that era were hand built by craftsmen, but there were still production targets to meet, and there was always the next car coming down the line or, more accurately, being pushed across the garage. John bought the car sight unseen, apart from some pictures from a dealer in the UK. He had dealt with the dealer before and trusted his…

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the best of british

The Norton Commando, introduced in 1967, was described as the first superbike, at least until the Japanese redefined the term. It blew the competition from Triumph and BSA into the weeds. “This Norton has it all. Good looks, performance that’s almost frightening, brakes, and handling. Like its namesake, the Commando should creep into the enemy troop’s camp when no one’s looking, get the job done, and then sneak away,” claimed Cycle Guide in January 1969. For five years in a row, the Commando was the Motor Cycle News bike of the year. It’s tempting to think of that as British parochialism, but the Norton really handled. Once the Japanese started building stiffer frames to go along with all their other advantages, their victory in the performance motorcycle market was almost total and…