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NZ Classic Car No 321 September 2017

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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Rumblings in the Beehive A lot can happen in a month, especially if you’re a politician. As I write this editorial, I can’t help but wonder what on earth’s going on in the Beehive, and how the next six weeks will pan out as the election campaigns roll on to their conclusion. The latest turn of events occurred only 24 hours ago at time of writing, with the shock resignation of the Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei after she admitted to welfare fraud, thus turning the election campaign on its head and leaving a somewhat bewildered James Shaw, now sole leader, to pick up the pieces and carry on, despite the party’s rapid decline in the polls overnight by 4.7 points, to 8.3 per cent. Let’s not also forget that literally hours prior…

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rebirth of alegend

Remaster When Queen released Somebody to Love on the album Day at the Races in 1976, it was a revelation. The voices of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, and Roger Taylor had been recorded and layered to give the effect of a 100-strong gospel choir. The depth of this layering has made the song Somebody to Love arguably one of the best, not just of Queen’s back catalogue but of all time. So, when it was remastered in 2011, though naysayers and self-proclaimed purists had said the practice detracts from the originality of the song, the digital enhancement has made the vocal layering even richer. The remastered version of Somebody to Love is more complex and with better sound, without alteration of the original structure of the song. And so, just as in…

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Roger Quartly wanted to buy a Mini — not because of its size but because his elder brother, Chris, had one. This was in the UK in 1975, when Roger was a learner driver, and he also wanted a car that was easy to drive and a lot of fun. After much searching, he saw an advertisement for a 1964 Crayford Mini, thanks to his uncle Julian, who knew that Roger was looking for a car. They made suitable arrangements with the owner and went inspected the car in Dagenham, Essex, a place famous for manufacturing Fords. Roger distinctly remembers seeing the car parked on the side of road. It looked like it needed a bit of TLC, as parts of the convertible hood were torn and some of the paintwork…

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a night at the gisborne stocks

Think small gladiator arenas like Gisborne’s Awapuni Speedway — or, in 21st-century-speak, Faram Helicopters Raceway; ugh, give me ‘Awapuni’ any day. This dirt-track oval has history dating back to the late ’60s, and it was one of the early stock-car tracks built around the country during that era. I have to say that I really enjoy a night or two at the stocks each summer. Truth be known, I prefer it these days to the one-make no-passing farce that circuit racing has become. I’ve spent a lot of years watching processions as an excuse for racing. Stock-car and production-car dirt-track racing is the real deal. Only here and in pure speedway will you find genuine action and lots of passing, an art that seems to have vanished from the sealedcircuit brigade. Heritage and…

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readers’ writes

Letters SEND YOUR LETTERS TO: Mail: Readers’ Writes, New Zealand Classic Car, PO Box 46,020, Herne Bay, Auckland 1147 Email:editor@classiccar.co.nz Happy times Have just finished reading your article on the Hino Contessa, which brought back many memories of the time I owned one. I purchased it in 1966 from the Farmers Co-op Garage in Feilding, which was the Manawatu agent. I also at the time had a drawbar fitted, as I needed to tow my offroader race car. I raced a couple of times at Levin, and used it in many trials. I have photographs of me competing in those events, where I had several successes. I often wonder where it would be today, as I had many happy times with it. If possible I would love to get it back and add it to…

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this month at themotorhood.com …

Jay Leno drives McQueen’s XKSS In our XKSS feature this issue, we comment that Steve McQueen was perhaps the most famous car guy of all time. But we’re pretty sure that — at least among the Hollywood ranks — Jay Leno could take that title. Following his retirement from his Tonight Showthrone on network TV, Leno started his own YouTube show, Jay Leno’s Garage. The show has two million subscribers and puts on one hell of a show, as he drives some of the most exclusive and expensive cars in the world. Leno managed to take McQueen’s actual XKSS for a spin (with a little $80K insurance premium, mind you) as well as getting a full overview of the recreation from Tim Hannig of Jaguar Land Rover Classic. To watch Leno back…