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Sneak peek inside The Makita Motorhood

You’re in for a bit of a treat in our hall, The Makita Motorhood, at Big Boys Toys in three weeks time. Along with our sister publications, NZV8 and NZ Performance Car, we’ve selected a variety of vehicles for you to admire, which we’ve previously featured in our magazines over the years. When you’ve finally narrowed down all the choices and selected which car showcased is your favourite, you can get your photo alongside it on your own personalized magazine cover. There’ll be plenty of other offers and prizes milling about during the weekend of November 7–9, so make sure you spend some time in The Makita Motorhood in Hall Six to make the most of them. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the cars we’ve arranged to be on display:


Back to the Future Back to the Future turned both Fox and the gull-winged Delorean into superstars, while the film itself earned almost $500 million at the box office. John Z DeLorean’s dream of automotive stardom may have turned into a nightmare, but for one Kiwi enthusiast, DeLorean’s dream is very much alive by recreating one of the most authentic mock-ups of the original movie car that you will ever see. Back to the Future movies had a huge influence on the owner as a teenager and, judging by his collection of memorabilia associated with the trilogy — including two guitars, as seen in the movie, and several hover boards — it’s clear the passion is still there. Read full story…

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Chemz Gathering of Geezers returns for 2014

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The success of the Chemz Gathering of Geezers in Wanaka last year has prompted the organizers to hold the event once more this year. Held in honour of 25 of New Zealand’s motorsport greats from across the board, in excess of 300 people attended the last event proving it was definitely a hit. With individuals from all corners of motorsport — single seaters, saloon car racing, speedway, drag racing, team management, power boats, motorcycles, jet boats, and sports administration — in attendance, the event raised $40,000 for the Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust, and the Upper Clutha Children’s Medical Trust. Read full story…

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The return of the Meguiar’s Car Crazy Charity Cruise


The Meguiar’s Car Crazy Charity Cruise is back for the second time this year. Following the success of the earlier July event, they have teamed up with Big Boys Toys to back Canteen, supporting young people living with cancer.

Commencing on the morning of Saturday, November 8, at Meguiar’s East Tamaki headquarters, the cruise takes entrants on the scenic route to Big Boys Toys, where they may park their pride-and-joy in the VIP carpark for showgoers to admire.

Amongst a thorough list of good stuff, registrants will also receive a Meguiar’s gift pack, and entry to Big Boys Toys for all in their car — on top of that, the entire entry fee will be donated to Canteen. The cruise is limited to well presented vehicles only, and registration is open now at meguiars.co.nz. Sounds like a great day for all involved, and for a very worthy cause. Read full story…

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Take a virtual tour of Abarth’s Italian factory


Here’s something a little bit different and out of the ordinary and if you’ve got some time spare, and you’ll need a bit of it if you’re like us,  you could head on a free tour of the Abarth factory in Italy — without paying for the hefty airline tickets.

Abarth is the first European car maker to use Google Street View to let the public into their factory, showing off the location of where the Abarth 500 and Abarth 500C are made.

We thought it must have been too good to be true so we headed along to Abarth.com to check it out for ourselves. And we were pleasantly surprised. You can see everything, and it’s incredibly interactive. Just walk on through the brightly lit doors at the start and you can venture off into the showroom where you can download Abarth wallpapers, watch videos, and configure your own Abarth 500. All the little red tags will give you some other great interactive activity, like listening to the Abarth Soundcloud. You can even head through to where they carry out all the wheel aligning, and see a man at work under one of the vehicles.  Read full story…

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1964–2014: 50 Years of the Mustang

On March 9, 1964, the very first Mustang rolled off Ford’s production line — and by the time of the car’s official on-sale date, April 17, some 8160 examples had been built. Along with the first Mustang, which now resides at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, these cars forged a motoring legend that lives on right to the present day.



Mustang Line Drawings courtesy Hive Posters

Little did Ford know when it released the 1964 Mustang to the public on April 17, 1964 at the New York World’s Fair that it would become one of the world’s most iconic cars. In fact, such was the overwhelming response to the new Ford Mustang, Ford dealerships across the US were inundated with more than 4 million visitors who placed an unprecedented 22,000 confirmed orders on the first day of release. Mustangs produced during the first six months of production were also referred to as ‘1964½’ models. Read full story…

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Timelines: November 1914, 1939, 1964, 1989

Once again, Graeme Rice looks back on the motoring worlds of 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago

November 1914


 German military officers show off in front of a massive Büssing A5P armoured car

John and Horace Dodge — long-time component suppliers for Oldsmobile and Henry Ford, amongst others — announced their brand spanking new car. This was the four-cylinder Dodge Model 30. With its all-steel bodywork, 12-volt electrical system, and 35hp engine, versus the Model T’s 20, it was light years ahead of the aging Ford. Dodge gave their car a new sliding-gear three-speed gearbox in place of the Model T’s two–speed planetary set-up. Very few car makers started business with as much experience and sound engineering know-how behind them as the Dodge brothers, so it was little surprise that within a couple of years Dodge Brothers cars were hitting second place in the market.

Scripps-Booth launched the Model C with a step-down frame and curved side panels as well as a steering wheel with a central horn button. All the new Model Cs were supplied with a spare wheel as standard. This was claimed as a first for the American market. Read full story…

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