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NZ Classic Car No 344 August 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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a thousand words brought back to life

It’s good to be back. It’s been a while since wrote my last editorial for this magazine. Illness struck unexpectedly and recovery has been a slow process. Thankfully, the magazine was in good hands, and I’d like to thank Terry Cobham for taking up the cudgels as editor during my absence. I’m sure you’ll agree the magazine looked as good as ever, with plenty of interesting content from cover to cover. One of the upsides of being out of action was having the time to appreciate family and friends, including neighbours David and Stella Curry. They are both retired, and best of all, they are car people. They have owned an impressive and eclectic range of great cars over the years including three Rileys, an Alvis Speed 20, two MGB GTs,…

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a leopard can change its spots!

According to many Mustang purists, there has never been a better-looking Mustang fastback in the marque’s history. With the addition of striking graphics, colour-keyed side stripes, matte black hood striping, hood pins, side scoops, chin and boot-lid spoilers, sports slats, and twin-set headlamps, the all-new 1969 Mustang Mach 1 was always going to be a recipe for success. Steve Hawkins, owner of this magnificent 1969 Mustang Mach 1, has owned an eclectic assortment of marques over the years, including MG and Jaguar, through Holden to Ford, and even a VW Beetle along the way, all because of his involvement with the crazy and pedantic world of concours. Steve’s first car was a 1972 MG Midget, which he campaigned at the Intermarque Concours d’Elegance at the sunken gardens in Cornwall Park back in…

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no real surprises

The 1970 Mach 1 Mustang was visually different from the ’69, but there were no real surprises. The list of changes to the second-generation Mach 1 was fairly extensive and included some reshuffling under the bonnet. This was to be a year of firsts for Mustang, with the fabulous new 351-cubic-inch (5.8-litre) Cleveland engine, which was a heavyweight small block designed to perform like a big block. What made the 351C (Cleveland) different from the 351W (Windsor) was its performance-enhanced heads, which sported huge ports and a big-time block Chevy-style canted-valve arrangement. Massively enlarged ports made for superior breathing and truckloads of torque. The performance petrolheads loved the new engine because it was capable of pumping out huge amounts of power with just a few performance tweaks. The 428 Cobra Jet and…

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Gripped by a whirlwind of rapid technological advances, 1980s Japan was riding on the tip of an economic boom that propelled the country to the forefront of global spending. Domestic consumers were buying anything and everything at a rate unseen before, and, with this ever-increasing demand came bigger, better, and wilder products. Already strong from a similar boom in the decades prior, automakers were engaged in fierce boardroom battles for this new money and aimed to keep buyers loyal with increasingly more adrenaline-inducing packages. This era gave rise to some of the most notable Japanese sports cars to have graced the world’s roadways. Pushing boundaries After the motor sport success of Toyota’s Corolla, Starlet, and Celica model lines, chief development engineer Akio Yoshida focused efforts elsewhere, exploring alternatives for engine placement and…

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lunch with bill gavin part two

Non-championship Formula 1 (F1) races were commonplace in the 1960s. Indeed, in 1960, the year Bill arrived from New Zealand, there were five in England alone. That year, 10 races counted to the world championship and some entrants only occasionally attempted to get a car into a Grand Prix (GP). One such patron was American Louise Bryden-Brown. Her family was a major shareholder in the Aluminium Company of America (Alcoa). She was a society figure with a magnificent house in Montpelier Square in central London, where young artists and sculptors congregated. She also had a fondness for motor racing and ran a Lotus 18 for Dan Gurney in 1961, at which time he was a works Porsche driver, and also Tony Maggs. In 1966 it became London’s headquarters for Playboy,…

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SEND YOUR LETTERS TO: Mail: Readers’ Writes, New Zealand Classic Car, PO Box 46,020, Herne Bay, Auckland 1147 Email: editor@classiccar.co.nz RALPH WATSON’S OTHER INNOVATIONS The article on the Lycoming Special which appeared in the July 2019 issue of New Zealand Classic Car [No. 343] has a small but significant error on page 38. It refers to “the rotary valve aeroplane engine”, which Ralph Watson designed and built. It is in fact a radial engine, where the crankshaft stays still and the cylinders rotate around it. The propeller is therefore attached to the cylinders, not the crankshaft. Alan Woolf once mounted the radial engine on a trailer and I saw and heard it going on that trailer at his property at Silverdale. He had taken it on the trailer down to the rest…