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NZ Classic Car No 362 February 2021

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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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Country:
New Zealand
Language:
English
Publisher:
Parkside Media
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
a different year

Compliments of the season! I hope you enjoyed your Christmas festivities and New Year celebrations in style, had a well-earned break and took advantage of the superb weather. Hopefully, you also got the chance to dust the cobwebs off your classic. There have been so many great car shows, motor racing events and club gatherings on, I hope you were able to make the most of our freedom. I continually feel blessed to be living in New Zealand. As the curtain lowered on 2020 we were the envy of the world. Kiwis could gather freely and travel throughout the country without any Covid curtailment, while other parts of the world were heading back into lockdown. On the subject of gatherings, how good is the Prada Cup racing? Crowds of spectators at Auckland’s…

11 min.
tribute to the master

Besides routinely building some of the world’s most desirable cars on its production lines, and some of the world’s most successful cars in the crucible of motorsport, Formula 1, Ferrari occasionally sets out to build something a bit special — a limited-edition model that makes a statement to the motoring world. There are currently five of these models, the 288 GTO (presented 1984), F40 (1987), F50 (1995), Enzo (2002–2004), and LaFerrari (2013). The one they decided to name after company founder Enzo Ferrari had better be good. Many of these landmark cars have made the most of the prancing horse’s extensive F1 experience. This car makes the connection explicit, offering an example tantalisingly close to a full-throated F1 car. It even goes beyond, offering technology that wasn’t allowed in F1, such as…

2 min.
enzo anselmo giuseppe maria ferrari

Ten years after his birth in 1898, Enzo’s imagination was fired by seeing newfangled cars wheezing around the Circuit of Bologna. He swore to his papa that he would become a racing driver. In 1916 Enzo lost his father and his only sibling, his elder brother, to the flu epidemic raging through Europe. After serving in the Italian Army in World War I, he found work at Costruzioni Meccaniche National, a company that made small cars out of old trucks. At age 20 he took up the company’s offer to race its 15hp open wheeler. Enzo moved on to Alfa Romeo as a racer mechanic, laying the foundation for the famous Scuderia Ferrari racing team. He won his first Grand Prix in 1923, and three more the following year. The deaths…

6 min.
the jowett jupiter turns 70

Jowett cars were built in Bradford from 1906 to 1954, when the company ceased trading. Up until 1935, all the cars were powered by the famous horizontally opposed flat twin, ‘the little engine with the big pull’. At that point, Jowett went big, launching a new horizontally opposed flat-four engine. In 1940, car manufacturing came to an abrupt halt so that the factory could be switched to the war effort. In 1942, the Jowett board advertised for a designer to design an all new post-war model. One of the successful applicants was Gerald Palmer, a young engineering draughtsman who was working at MG at the time. The car he designed was the revolutionary, unitary construction Jowett Javelin, launched in 1947. It was the hot hatch of its day, featuring independent front…

6 min.
southern comfort

Derek and Rachel Ayson enjoy cruising Southern highways to the easy loping beat of their 1970 Holden HT GTS350 Holden Monaro. Powered by Chevrolet’s popular 350ci V8, the motor has found favour in many restomod classic cars and developed a great reputation for reliability and satisfying performance. The car it powers was originally a factory-built GTS in white with a blue interior, fitted with Holden’s 186ci six. Derek bought it in 2007 from good friends Russell and Catherine Harrex of Dunedin. During the mid 1990s, the Harrexes had had the car stripped to bare metal. Jeff Marshall Panel Repairs tidied it up, and it was resprayed at Grant Findlater Auto Painters in Balclutha. During the past 12 years, the Monaro has provided reliable motoring, and it has taken little work to keep…

7 min.
proper wedge

Neville Wilson of Napier has been a keen member of the Vintage Car Club for most of his life. He showed me the collection of cars in his garage, including a 1937 Dodge Coupe he has owned for 25 years. Behind that was a 1929 OHC Morris Minor that has been in the family for even longer. It was considered a good buy in 1961. Now retired, Neville enjoys going for runs with other club members, especially on balmy spring days in a car with the roof down. What could be better than doing it in an old roadster, preferably something with a bit more get up and go than the Morris, lovely though it is? The Morris’s 20bhp (15kW) 847cc engine makes it considerably faster than a single horse…