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NZ Classic Car No 324 December 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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future classics

We’re often asked to not only define what a classic car is, but what cars could potentially become future classics. It’s an extremely difficult question to answer and virtually impossible to accurately define what constitutes a classic. Opinions are definitely divided, as, for some it’s aesthetic beauty, while others opt for rarity. One thing is for certain, though — that classic car ownership is now being looked at by a new, younger breed of owner. For these purchasers, their view of what constitutes a classic will be completely different to what we’ve traditionally acknowledged. We’re living in somewhat of a golden age, where, for those who enjoy driving something interesting, we have the opportunity to do so for a very modest outlay. The trick, it seems, is being able to predict which…

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rolling sculpture

Excellence It all started when Garry Boyce was a 15-year-old apprentice fitter and turner and became involved in the local classic car fraternity. In the ensuing years, his career expanded into all types of engineering positions, before he moved into managerial roles within the industry. It was during this period that Garry gained an attitude towards excellence in everything he did. It was obvious to him that, at this point, excellence in cars was represented by the Mercedes-Benz marque, and he vowed that one day he would own one. It wasn’t until the late 1980s that Garry purchased his first Mercedes, but the real highlight was 1994, when he bought his first real ‘collector’ car, which was the starting point of his collection. He soon realized that his ultimate dream was to have…

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aviat r’s choice

“The coolest dad in town had considered a Valiant Charger, a Holden Monaro, and the Ford Fairmont Coupe” During the war, Jack had sat at the controls of those very large aircraft listening to, and always dependent on, the Merlin’s combined 48 cylinders firing away in a very powerful and comforting rhythm. This had given him a love and understanding for the engineering involved. At the end of each risky sortie, he appreciated the fact that the reliability and energy of those massive engines had powered him and his crew safely out and back over enemy territory. Later, after returning to New Zealand, the huge radial engines of his Bristol Freighters only reinforced those feelings. So, with retirement came a present for himself. Final choice Jack’s son Tim well remembers the day when the…

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ferrari at70

As we all know, Enzo Ferrari (1898–1988) was the man who gave his name to the production of some of the world’s fastest and most beautiful sports and racing cars ever built. The leading Italian coachbuilders — Carrozzeria Touring, Pininfarina, Vignale, and Ghia — competed to make ever more desirable bodies for these amazing Ferrari chassis. Ferrari’s history is imbued with legendary automobiles boasting style and performance. It was fitting, then, that, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the marque established by Il Commendatore, the automotive world gathered together in Italy to pay tribute to these magnificent masterpieces of engineering. Mechanical legend This special weekend began with the parade of over 100 examples of the mechanical Ferrari legends that would take part in the Concorso. Leading the charge of vehicles bearing the Cavallino…

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the mgc

SEND YOUR LETTERS TO: Mail: Readers’ Writes, New Zealand Classic Car, PO Box 46,020, Herne Bay, Auckland 1147 Email: editor@classiccar.co.nz I had the good fortune to purchase your September issue at Auckland airport in late August, whilst flying back to Sydney from Canada, where we’d been on holiday. I was especially interested in the MGC article, as I’d owned one in the UK for a short while in 2004 — more of that later. I really enjoyed Donn’s article, and fully agree the car was blighted from day one, not helped apparently by the BMC press fleet cars having under-inflated front tyres! Donn’s article made mention of the Australian-derived six-cylinder version of the B series engine as a possible source of the MGC’s engine. This engine, known as the Blue Streak…

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this month at themotorhood.com …

At themotorhood.com The time machine: rally-winning BMW 2002 When the BMW brand was just in its infancy in this country, Paul Adams bought one of the first models available — a brand-new 2002 — from Ross Jensen Motors, which was the first BMW franchise in New Zealand. With its factory limited slip diff and a price tag of $4200, Paul saw the 2002 as an excellent price point, and he set it up to be a rally car straight off the showroom floor. For more on how Paul went on to rallying glory, visit themotorhood.com and search for BMW 2002 Rally. Quick Cat A company stuck in a rut, a passionate team of engineers, a silver bullet, disappointed customers, an untimely recession, and no tyres. The XJ220 has a complicated past, but it’s still one…