NZ Classic Car

NZ Classic Car No 364 April 2021

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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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thirty years and counting

This month we celebrate 30 years of New Zealand Classic Car magazine. At its inception, in an old, isolated shed, a former coffin factory in Grey Lynn, Auckland, publisher Greg Vincent — and his new company Parkside Media — had the vision and passion to help stimulate the scene we all enjoy today with this country’s first dedicated classic car magazine. During three decades of publishing, Parkside Media has weathered its fair share of adversity, including the global financial crisis, tragic Christchurch earthquakes, and now the toughest of them all, the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen print-media titles decimated literally overnight. As one of New Zealand’s most innovative publishing companies, Parkside Media has embraced the opportunity to diversify by offering quality content via multimedia solutions for trusted TV, mobile, and digital…

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30 years of new zealand classic car

The first issue was black and white, except for the cover, and it didn’t even include a write-up on the cover car! Like the many enthusiasts and professionals now involved in New Zealand’s thriving classic car industry, founder Greg Vincent learnt by doing, and by continually pushing to improve. From the earliest days, when New Zealand Classic Car was mostly advertisements, the quality of the magazine, like the scene it reported on, has continually improved. It built a loyal following and played no small part in making New Zealand’s classic car scene one of the most vibrant in the world. As Greg explains, the significance of those advertisements can’t be understated. They have been essential to the success of the magazine and the classic car scene at large as they greased…

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the man with the plan

Greg credits his success to the fact that he didn’t have a background in either journalism or, strictly speaking, classic cars. He says those who did know about those things almost uniformly said a magazine wouldn’t work. “I just didn’t know any better,” says Greg, “and I kept going.” A friend he had made while working in London was working in publishing in Australia. Greg picked his brains, asking him what he needed to do to pull a magazine together. “He told me I needed someone to put it in the shops, so I looked that up in the Yellow Pages. I sorted that, then called him up again and said, ‘What’s next?’ “He said, ‘OK, you need a printer.’ “‘What sort of printer?’ “So he told me. I did that and said, ‘What’s next?’” Greg said…

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nuts — and bolts — about cars

Then, after illness forced him to retire from teaching — the career he had chosen after starting his working life at General Motors’ (GM) Upper Hutt assembly plant — he had to come up with a new plan. He had noted that a column in New Zealand Classic Car called Kits and Pieces had lapsed after its previous writer had quit. He approached then-editor Allan Walton in 2015 with the idea of taking up the baton. “Allan told me he had read my book and he could see what I could do, but he couldn’t guarantee more than two pages,” Patrick says. “That first story was given four pages, and it’s never been less than that since.” Patrick’s car building career started on the wild side, scratch building one of the spectacular…

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part-time writer, full-time energiser

“As you can imagine, when I told Greg he was over the moon. In fact, he called me back twice that day to say thanks. The only mistake we made was only getting 40 copies. We could have sold two or three times that many.” That vindication was vitally important at the time. Almost everyone that Greg had spoken to about his plan to launch a classic car magazine had said it wouldn’t work — New Zealand’s classic car scene was just too small. Greg had earlier been turned down when he asked to sell his new magazine at Auckland’s Ellerslie Classic Car Show, although Classic Car later went on to become naming-rights sponsor for many years. FIRM FRIENDS The bond with Trevor was forged then, and for several years Greg would fly down…

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energetic investigator

Quinton has been with New Zealand Classic Car almost since day one. He grabbed the first issue off the shelves and saw the publisher’s appeal for information on any interesting cars. He got in touch straight away and was soon installed writing the southern scene reports. He had been writing about cars for a couple of years already, contributing a motoring page to the Otago Daily Times’ community paper, the Southland Express, outside of his usual job. Quinton was in the police for 21 years — not a traffic cop; that was his wife’s job, back when the Ministry of Transport had its own police force. She had been a motorcycle traffic cop for years but then got the role in rural Southland that moved her into a car. Quinton didn’t spend…