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NZ Classic Car No 326 February 2018

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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double vision

Compliments of the season. I trust you all had a decent, relaxing break over Christmas and that you’re raring to go for 2018. The name Garry Boyce will be familiar to many of you. His glorious, concours Masters Class–winning 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster graced the cover back in February ’08, and who could forget the feature story on his super-rare aluminium-bodied 300SL gullwing in our April 2015 issue, not to mention his magnificent 540K roadster and Alfa Romeo 6C that have also featured more recently in this magazine? Garry’s 300SL roadster is very special to me. It all came about when Garry mentioned to me that he had been approached by Paul Halford about taking his 300SL roadster to the Queenstown Auto Extravaganza back in February ’08. Paul had also been invited…

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plymouth ‘cuda aar dancing girl

The anglers among us know full well how much of a pain in the backside hooking a barracuda on your line can be. The slithery spiky things fight like bloody misery coming up and are awful to unhook and get back in the water. But there’s another type of barracuda that isn’t as much of a niggle to deal with, and, to emphasize the contrast, those in the know will not even refer to it by the full name of its aquatic namesake; instead, this piece of true-blue American muscle is known only as the ’Cuda. Familiar shape The first two generations of the Barracuda (ahem, sorry, ’Cuda) were based on the Plymouth Valiant. The shape will be familiar to a lot of Kiwis, given its close links to the first Aussie-built…

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die happy   in   taihape   well not quite

Morris Motors introduced a new model halfway through the 1930s, against a background that was typical of Britain. The Morris 8 was hugely successful in Britain, and certainly left its mark on motoring history here in New Zealand. The car was launched at a time when unemployed miners were marching from Jarrow to London to protest against unemployment and poverty, particularly in the mining communities of the north of England; in London, the very first public broadcasts of the BBC’s new television department were now regular; and somewhere between those two places, Frank Whittle was trying to put the finishing touches on his new jet engine. Edward the VIII was about to abdicate to marry his US sweetheart, and Lawrence of Arabia had just crashed his Brough Superior motorcycle into…

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kiwi home-front   can-am

Motor racing groupie I’ve a confession to make, one I believe I should lay on you right at the outset of this little tirade. I was a hardcore motor racing addict through my late boyhood and into my teenage years and early adulthood. Pukekohe was sacred turf; to a small contingent of us, it was hallowed ground, ground that cast a hypnotic spell, possibly one not too far removed from the experience that might have been gained from the artificial stimulants of the time … But what would I know about that offlimits department. There was something wild and surreal about ‘the scene’ in those impressionable days of my youth — as if everything out there at the track really was larger than life. Things seemed to happen in slow motion, and…

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family   heirloom

We met Ian ‘Blue’ Dorward for the first time at Bathurst in 1985. The Kiwi, who gained vast experience at Bathurst and other tracks before he went to England, headed the multimillion- dollar Jaguar challenge to win the Australian classic against the dominant Holden, Ford, and BMW challengers. Blue was appointed by Tom Walkinshaw to find and, in some cases, buy back, three of the four XJ-Ss competing in the 1984 European Touring Car Championship (ETCC), one of which won that year — then find the crew and drivers who would participate in the only Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) XJ-S race for 1985. That is the calibre and capability of the man, but what we didn’t know until several months ago was that Blue had another TWR XJ-S project on at the…

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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 Smuggled in It was with great interest that I read Michael Clark’s story in the January issue of New Zealand Classic Car magazine. The story relates to how the young Michael was smuggled into the pits at Pukekohe during the 1968 NZ Grand Prix meeting to secure drivers autographs, and how this event was a contributing factor to his lifelong motor sport addiction. Fast forward 13 years to 1981, and I have a similar story to tell. I was the smuggler, and my young son Steve, who was six years old at the time, was the smuggled. We smuggled him through a hole in the fence in a back corner of the Pukekohe…