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NZ Classic Car No 343 July 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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4 мин.
a classic bus ride and some classic cars

I was at school at a time when many cars now considered classic were languishing unloved, and often abandoned, while they were yet capable of being used as a schoolboy’s daily runner. This meant that many of these cars enjoyed a brief second life as they were temporarily restored to running condition. I can think of three Model As (probably bought for only tens of dollars each) that were used to transport their youthful owners to and from school. I genuinely shudder now as I think of those extracurricular activities and the speeds achieved by some of those old cars loaded with four or five school friends. A Model A is considered a classic because of its place in modern motoring history, although, for me, it’s those memories of earlier times…

8 мин.
five-star motoring for the masses

Motoring in post-war England had remained virtually unchanged since the ’30s … As such, when the 100E was launched, it was revolutionary Russ McIntyre is well known in hot rod circles for having built several superbly engineered top-quality cars in recent decades, so imagine our surprise when, during a visit to his home a few months ago, he announced that he was buying a 100E. Looking around at the American muscle parked everywhere in his workshop and his current ’55 Chevy project with its 447-plus-kilowatt fuel-injected 8.2-litre engine, it seemed to us that lusting after a small English car of similar vintage with a meagre 36hp (27kW) made no sense. Sure, there are a few 100E pictures around the wall, but everyone who knows Russ thought that this was just a passing…

11 мин.
technik too far

Not everyone appreciates an NSU, apparently. Owner Mark Crompton says that when he turns up among a group of classic car enthusiasts with his Ro 80, he’s as likely to be greeted with sorrowful shakes of the head and comments like, “Why would you?” and “Oh dear!” as often as smiles of recognition. It seems that the Ro 80’s reputation for being brilliant but flawed — and likely to disgrace itself in the engine department — remains as robust, and unfair, as ever. True, NSU’s revolutionary rotary engine was less developed than Mazda’s later efforts, and its first iteration was prone to failure before 100,000km (60,000 miles). If the cars weren’t operated properly, the tips on the Wankel engine’s twin rotors would wear out fast, but that fault was fixed in the…

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McLAREN MEMORABILIA Good morning! Further to Donn Anderson’s excellent article on Bruce’s M6GT in the March issue [Motorman, No. 339], let me tell you a tale! In the early ’70s, I came to know Bruce’s mum and pop quite well and regularly called on them at home in Te Atatu. After one visit and as we were leaving, Pop said, “come into the garage…” And there was the M6GT and the maroon 3.8 Jaguar that Bruce had brought home for pop (and which now lives in Melbourne). The opportunity to be so close to a genuine piece of McLaren history was very special. We left the garage but pop stayed behind, coming out a few minutes later with something in his hand. “I think you might like this,” [he said,] and presented…

8 мин.
a simple formula

Bentley — undoubtedly one of the world’s most recognized and revered car brands — celebrates its centenary in July this year. To mark the occasion, the company celebrated its history and its global success with a special-edition Bentley, inspired by one of its iconic racing models. That car was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in March. The brand owes much of its success to Walter Owen Bentley’s (the man was known universally by Bentley aficionados as ‘WO’) team of ‘Bentley Boys’, comprising “playboys, racers, and adventurers”, who achieved worldwide fame in the 1920s and 1930s and inspired a generation of Bentley enthusiasts. Over the next 100 years, Bentley earned its place as a brand that combines traditional luxury with modern performance. The company credits its extraordinary success to its cars…

2 мин.
1934 derby bentley drophead

Simon Longuet-Higgins is a mechanical consulting engineer by profession and has always had a bent for cars — from building a paddock basher from an old Standard Vanguard back in his student days to fixing Porsches in the UK during his OE and rebuilding a ’50s Willys Jeep with his kids. Simon’s father had a Mark VI Bentley when Simon was young, as did his uncle in the UK. Simon always admired the look of Bentleys and their superb engineering and thought that one day he’d like to own one himself. The stars aligned for him in the mid 2000s, when a 1962 Bentley S2 saloon in Wellington popped up on Trade Me and subsequently became his first Bentley. According to Simon, it’s a lovely cruising car, effortlessly wafting along, and…