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NZ Classic Car No 322 October 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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Back in our August issue, we featured David and Katya Mitchell’s McLaren F5000 M10B, celebrating 80 years since Bruce McLaren was born in Auckland, on August 30. We were also fortunate enough to photograph this masterful piece of machinery inside the spiritual home of the motor racing legend’s original garage in Remuera, before it receives a new lease on life. One of Auckland’s oldest and most iconic service stations was built in 1926 and, after many years, was home to the Bruce McLaren Trust. The building is now destined to be transformed into apartments, with the possibility of a suitably themed café or restaurant, while still paying homage to Bruce McLaren. On Wednesday, August 30, I attended the official opening of the new bespoke Bruce McLaren Heritage Centre at Hampton Downs,…

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The new HQ made the earlier HK, HT, and HG models look rather agricultural by comparison, and it was hailed as the most significant Holden since the FX I can clearly remember the very first HQ Holden I ever saw. It was one of the first HQ Holdens to be unveiled in Auckland, sometime in the early 1970s. I don’t recall the event, to be perfectly honest — it may have been the Easter Show or a car show of some description — but I can remember the car as if it were yesterday. It was a white HQ Kingswood with red interior. When I say red interior, I mean red interior. Literally everything — from the carpet to the dash, steering wheel, column shifter, bench seats, and headlining — was…

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in the beginning

1940s The history of Holden dates back to 1856, when James Alexander Holden started as a saddlery business in Adelaide, South Australia. Over the years, Holden moved from saddles and repairing car upholstery to the full-scale production of vehicle-body shells. Holden went on to become the exclusive supplier of American car manufacturer General Motors (GM) in Australia in 1924. Holden also supplied tram cars for Melbourne during the ’20s, and, in 1931, Holden and GM merged to become General Motors-Holden’s Limited (GM-H). In 1936, a new HQ and assembly plant at Fishermans Bend in Port Melbourne was opened. During World War II, GM-H concentrated its efforts on building weapons, aircraft, and engines. After the war, the company returned to producing vehicle bodies for several car brands, including Buick, Chevrolet, and Vauxhall, before finally…

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KIWIS ROB MUMFORD AND AARON K DRIVE A CLASSIC V8 MUSCLE CAR FROM BUENOS AIRES TO USHUAIA, THE WORLD’S SOUTHERNMOST CITY, ON ARGENTINA’S NATIONAL ROUTE 3, FOR A PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL JOURNEY VIA THE HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, AND PEOPLE OF PATAGONIA. HERE, THEY SHARE THEIR STORY FROM THE VERY START — TAKE IT AWAY, ROB It’s a grey and humid Monday in Buenos Aires as we drive slowly across the city at the start of our journey. The Argentine capital is home to some 13 million people, and the streets are packed and noisy as the working week gets underway. Newspaper sellers walk between the rows of cars stopped at traffic lights, and bicycles and motorbikes weave in and out of the slow-moving mass. Impatient drivers shout and toot their horns. Apartment…

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Round blue label Forgive me for I have sinned: I have bought a new car. I’ve never had a brand-new one before, so I thought I’d buy a new Australian-made Holden for my 60th birthday — while it’s still possible. I went to my local dealer to buy an SV6, but the SS-V Redline sitting next to it looked so much better. What the hell: it’s only money. Why am I telling you about it? Well, apart from the obvious future classic thing, back in the 1960s and ’70s, Australian-made Holdens sold in New Zealand used to have a round blue label with a red kangaroo (?) and something like ‘Proudly made in Australia’. I’d like to have one of those on my 2017 Holden Sportwagon. I expect that the chances of getting…