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NZ Classic Car No 346 October 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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2 мин.
bucket list revisited

I remember writing a bucket list some years ago that ended up filed away in the bowels of my hard drive. I was inspired to revisit it a few years back after reading about my good friend Garry Boyce’s wonderful adventure through South America as he tackled the Rally of the Incas with fellow Kiwi Ken Williams in the co-driver’s seat. The tortuous 28-day, 10,000km journey was one of Garry’s bucket-list challenges, and definitely one that he’ll remember forever. I wasn’t surprised to see that I hadn’t done too well in ticking off items on my wish list when I found it again recently — even though there was nothing terribly difficult to arrange, such as bungee jumping off the Burj Khalifa in Dubai or climbing the south route to summit…

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elegant as ever

As the ’50s dawned, the automotive world was kicking into high gear, and Morris Garages was feeling the pressure to update its ancient T-series. The year 1955 ushered in a new era for MG in the shape of a sleek and beautiful new body for its new car, the name of which also indicated a fresh start. The MGA revolutionized the marque’s design language, consigning its traditional, upright, wooden-framed bodies and external guards to history. Sixty-two years later, the svelte MGA is just as much of a knockout as it was in ’57 when it rolled off the production line. It came with a bulletproof 1489cc B-Series engine, a four-speed gearbox, independent front suspension, and drum brakes. The MGA was marketed with the tagline “Safety Fast” splashed across dealership windows. While it shared…

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a shining star: lotus seven

The lotus flower emerges from the water it is growing in. It blooms beautifully and delicately on the surface for a very short while and, just as rapidly, fades from view again. That’s sort of an allegory for Lotus racing cars, although this particular feature car is more like an insect on the surface of a pond rather than the flower it shares its name with. Just as a small silvery insect can sit on the surface of a pond, the Lotus Seven sits there on the shiny garage floor looking as light and flighty as any such insect. The various front-suspension arms continue that ultra-lightweight insect look as well, which the upward-poking track rods might be its antennae, or feelers. The beautifully polished and light aluminium body hides an equally…

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the ferrari 308 gt4 matured with age

Age is not all that bad, especially when it comes to classic cars. When the Ferrari 308 GT4 2+2 first appeared in 1973, it was considered to be unassuming and a shade disappointing after the sensational Dino 246 GT. Unassuming? For a Ferrari, surely not. This was hardly the ugly duckling that some observers thought but a car that wore an arresting trapezoid shape, as well as being the first production V8 mid-engined road-going Ferrari. And now it seems that time has worked for it and the 308 GT4 has finally come of age. The GT4 was never intended as a replacement for the Dino 246; that role befell the mechanically similar–but–arguably more handsome Pininfarina-styled 308 GTB and GTS. Critics could not perceive the GT4 to be a ‘real’ Ferrari because it…

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living the dream the peking to paris motor challenge

Peking to Paris isn’t Garry Boyce’s first time around the block. He and co-driver Ken Williams have already knocked the 28-day 10,000km Rally of the Incas off their bucket list. Their carefully prepared Mercedes 220 SEC, which Garry has owned for 25 years, is also a veteran of the same rally from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Lima, Peru. Garry is a died-in-the-wool Mercedes man, a stalwart of the Mercedes-Benz Club Auckland, chairman of the Ellerslie Classic Car Show Organising Committee, and was a driving force behind the Mercedes club’s entry at the show’s concours d’élégance, when it racked up a record points score. He’s a keen collector and restorer of Mercedes-Benzes, although other special cars find space in his garage from time to time. So, almost before they were back home from…

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dumpty do—here we go again

Garry wrote a log of his and Ken’s exploits, and in this issue we carry his reports on the eastern and most challenging legs of his journey through China, Mongolia, and Russia. Next month, Garry and Ken will complete their epic journey, passing through Kazakhstan then back into Russia, before coming down through the former Soviet states of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and on into Poland, Germany, Belgium, and France. Over to Garry. Beijing, China After a good flight up to Beijing we are now getting into the final preparations for the Peking to Paris endurance rally. The first formal obligation was the Chinese driver licence police briefing for all who had to have a new licence. We were instructed about the cultural differences that apply to Chinese driving habits, which are based…