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NZ Classic Car No 355 July 2020

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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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New Zealand
Parkside Media
R 49,85
R 489,40
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
aussie, aussie

It is not often that we feature two cars on the cover of this magazine but when we came across these two Aussie icons it seemed only fair to squeeze both onto the front page. Ford has been an innovator in Australia not only for Australians. It has become equally embedded in Kiwi culture for over nine decades. However, innovation wasn’t enough to save the iconic Ford Falcon despite numerous Aussie attempts to convince its masters in Detroit to build it in left-hand drive and open it up to export markets. On 7 October 2016, a blue XR6, the 3,853,437th and last Australian-made Falcon, rolled off the Broadmeadows production line — a momentous event for the Southern Hemisphere’s automotive industry. I’m sure most Kiwis have experienced a Falcon at some time in their…

12 min.
one lady owner

In late 1994, my wife Lorraine and I were running the Annual All Ford Day, which we had started back in 1986. The venue for that event was at Queen Elizabeth II Park, commonly known as QEII Park, site of the 1974 Commonwealth Games. About a week before the event in November, Lorraine received a phone call from a lady saying she wished to sell a 1965 Falcon that she had purchased new. When I came home, Lorraine enthusiastically told me about the phone call. I wasn’t all that keen as we already had too many vehicles. But with Lorraine’s encouragement, I went along to see it anyway. Well, as soon as the lady opened the garage doors, I knew I was going to buy it. Dark metallic blue with two-tone blue…

7 min.
lemon squash

A BF GT was also located and purchased, then a white 2014 GTF found its way inside, too. The collection was growing along with Bryan’s smile Manawatu’s Bryan Menefy is passionate about his Fords. A shed full of them proves he’s serious. It has mostly been newer GT Falcons or special-edition models that Bryan and Lorraine have homed in their impressive shed, but a couple of examples from the ’70s have sneaked in along the way. A 1974 XB GT, resplendent in Pepper Red, Bryan bought on a whim. He spied it for sale one day and thought, “Bugger it. I’ll have it!” The other one is a fully restored 1973 XA Falcon 500 coupé, the subject of this feature. Motor vehicles in almost every form have always played a part in Bryan’s…

8 min.
subtle muscle

Its lines are undeniably muscular with period-correct bulging haunches and the long fastback flying buttresses. This first-generation AMC Javelin also has an era-defining, deeply recessed, squared-off ‘venturi’ grille. The pillarless doors create a perfectly proportioned aperture when the front and rear windows are wound down, and it has the correct big V8 rumble from its twin tail pipes. This 1970 example’s Golden Lime paint is also pitch-perfect, straddling both the ’60s and ’70s, familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. It looks right but you won’t recognize it as a standard colour from any of the big three American motor manufacturers. Which is another subtle success because the car was made by a company actually called ‘American Motors Corporation’ (AMC). Owner Donald Webster says the reaction from almost everyone, and especially from…

8 min.
the closest thing to a road-going race car

American Motors’ Javelin was Dick Teague’s answer to several questions. The brand wanted to shed its economy car image, appeal to a more youthful market, and carve out a share of the pony car market created by the Mustang. AMC could not afford to create separate fastback and notchback hardtops to match the Mustangs so Teague designed a ‘semifastback’ roofline for the coupe based on AMC’s Rambler platform. Apparently Teague was after the wet T-shirt look: ‘voluptuous curves with nary a hint of fat’. AMC’s canny cost-effective thinking also delivered a second car, chopping about 10 inches out of the floorpan to create the two-seater AMX, in line with the original 1966 design concept: a two-seat AMX and a four-seat AMX II. Engine options in 1968 were a 232 cu in (3.8-litre)…

11 min.
when slot cars ruled the room

No story reflecting on the history of New Zealand slot car racing would be complete without a nod to the amazing resilience of the Henderson Miniature Motor Racing Club. Started in 1962 in a barn in Swanson, the club then leased land from New Zealand Railways by the railway tracks on the western line approach to Henderson, Auckland, and club members built their clubrooms. The club has never stopped, nor has it left this venue. In the early days at Henderson, Russell Philpott was a revered stalwart of the club. Frank Hellawell remembers him as a great organizer and leader. “There was racing five days a week for juniors and seniors — fabulous times,” he says. Sure there have been many barren times in later years, when support has dropped to bedrock,…