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Buy your next classic car from your couch

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Being so far away from all the American auctions will no longer be a problem and, no matter where you are, you’ll still have a chance to purchase  your dream vehicle.

Auctions America has introduced a new way to bid for your car from somewhere as comfortable as your own couch, with the introduction of the BidAnywhere sale coming up.  Read full story…

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McLaren P1 to be unveiled at Big Boys Toys

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The long-awaited successor of the McLaren F1 will be out on show for you to see this November. The McLaren P1 has a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine combined with an electric motor allowing the supercar to go from 0–100km/h in just 2.8 seconds. And if you don’t mind waiting 6.8 seconds you’ll reach 200kmh.

The McLaren P1 will make its official unveiling to the New Zealand public at Big Boys Toys, held at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland on November 7–9. With McLaren opening its 50th global retailer for McLarne Automotive in Auckland late last year, the brand returns to the birthplace of legendary Bruce McLaren.

Headlining the 15th anniversary of Big Boys Toys, the McLaren P1 will be the centrepiece of the new ‘Driven Hall’ at the show surrounded by other Giltrap Group luxury and performance vehicles, including Lamborghini, Porsche, and more.

Find out more by heading to the Big Boys Toys website.

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Public Choice award introduced at Concours of Elegance

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A new twist to the Concours of Elegance, at the Hampton Court Palace, saw the introduction of the Public Choice award allowing visitors the chance to vote for their favourite vehicle at the event.

The inaugural Public Choice award was given to a rare alloy-bodied 1955 Mercredes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing — one of just 29 alloy Gullwings ever built.

It was owned first by Italian gentleman racer Dottore Alberico Cacciari and it was raced as the only alloy-bodied 300 SL in the 1956 and 1957 Mille Miglias.  Read full story…

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A daily driver since 1949

Margaret Dunning has owned her 1930 Packard 740 Roadster since 1949 — and still uses it as her daily driver.

At 104 years of age, Margaret has a passion for her classic car and even performs maintenance on the vehicle, where possible, herself.

Just a bit about Margaret herself, she is a philanthropist and benefactor of the Plymouth (Michigan) Historical Museum, and at the age of 102, she was accepted to the University of Michigan to complete her bachelor’s degree in business. She was awarded a 100-per-cent tuition scholarship — as well as free car care products for the remainder of her life — from the Fram Group. So looking after her Packard, as well as her other vehicles — a 1966 Cadillac DeVille, a 1975 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, a 1931 Model A, as well as a 2003 Cadillac DeVille.

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Summer testing complete for Porsche 919 Hybrid

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The Porsche 919 Hybrid was tested for the third and final time on the track during the FIA World Endurance Championship’s summer break.

The Le Mans Prototype covered 1903kms during its two and a half day test at the Formula One circuit of Magny-Cours in France. Read full story…

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New Indian Scout to be revealed in November

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Burt Munro was well known by New Zealanders as holding the fastest-ever officially recorded speed on an Indian motorcycle. That was set back in 1967.

This year in early November, at Big Boys Toys, a contemporary, yet classic, interpretation of the Indian Scout motorcycle — well known as Burt’s ‘world’s fastest Indian’ — will be revealed.

“It will be the first truly new Scout in more than seven decades,” says Peter Harvey, country manager for Indian Motorcycles. Read full story…

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