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Aroha Cruise In to be attended by Mark ‘Fletch’ Fletcher

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Photo courtesy of Aroha Cruise In, Facebook

Aroha Cruise In is heading towards it’s seventh annual event this October and have recently announced that Mark ‘Fletch’ Fletcher from popular televisions show Classic Restos will be making an appearance at this year’s event.

The show airs in Australia, New Zealand and also in USA and the UK. Fletch is all about enthusiasm for classic cars and the classic car scene so will be filming events during the Aroha Cruise In which will put Te Aroha on the classic car map across the places the programme airs in.

The Aroha Cruise In is all about showcasing classic cars, motorcycles, and hot rods and gives the opportunity for people in the area, or those that travel to the event, to see some of the country’s best classic vehicles.

You can see some of Fletch’s work on the Classic Restos show below:

 

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2015 Ford Mustang unleashed

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Source: Ford Motor Company

Fifty years ago Mustang made its debut, and now the 2015 Ford Mustang has just been unveiled.

The new Mustang gives you the choice of three engines; either a standard 300hp V6, anew 310hp EcoBoost, or get an upgraded 435hp V8. You can choose either a manual or automatic transmission — pretty much allowing you to mix and match whichever features you want to get yourself the perfect combination for your driving style and needs.

With the new addition of a 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine (which was specifically designed for Mustang), turbocharging has now been brought to the Mustang powertrain line-up. The EcoBoost engine allowed for optimized breathing and a higher output  while it produces 310hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. This gives it the highest power density yet from any Ford engine. Read full story…

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Timelines: August 1914, 1939, 1964, and 1989

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Rumbling into action in a Minerva WW1 armoured car

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

August 1914

Lieutenant Henkart’s Minervas

As the Germans advanced through Belgium, the Minerva armoured cars of brave Lieutenant Henkart became the stuff of legend as they mounted surprise raids on the unfortunate enemy. In one action Lt Henkart’s cars tackled a company of German cyclists and a squadron of cavalry, reportedly killing 25 and wounding many. When not engaged in action the speed of the Minervas enabled them to quickly locate and keep track of the enemy’s movements.

Henkart’s 16cv Minervas were armoured with 4mm armour plate, fitted with at least one Hotchkiss machine gun and had twin rear wheels to give extra traction and cope with the increased weight. They carried a crew of three, plus the ability to take three sharp-shooters, depending on the nature of their mission. Their 8-litre sleeve valve, four=cylinder 30kW motor gave the 4.9 metre long four ton cars a maximum speed of 40km/h and a range of 150kms. Read full story…

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The inspiration behind James Bond’s Aston Martin

1954 Aston Martin DB 2-4, the real Bond car (Ph. Charlie Magee)

 

A few days ago we talked about the iconic Goodbye Pork Pie Mini experiencing a bit of a revamp. Well, here’s another iconic pop culture vehicle star — this time the inspiration behind James Bond’s original Aston Martin in Ian Fleming’s novel Goldfinger.

This vehicle went up for auction on Saturday at Blenheim Palace. The first owner of the vehicle happened to be Philip Ingram Cunliffe-Lister — the son of Lord Swinton who was a close confidant of Winston Churchill. Ian Fleming’s father was also said to be a close confidant of Churchill and with Lord Swinton being head of M15 during World War II, it is rumoured that the character ‘M’ in the James Bond series was based upon Lord Swinton himself.  Read full story…

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Proctor’s ‘old favourite’ returns for 20th anniversary Targa

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It’s been parked up for the last four years, but New Zealand motor sport personality Clark Proctor will be bringing back his turbocharged V6 Nissan-engined Escort for Targa’s 20th anniversary.

The car will undergo a complete nut-and-bolt rebuild before the six-day event from Christchurch to Queenstown kicks off. His Nissan GT-R35 has been sold to racer Peter Baker.

“We did the 10th anniversary Targa in the Escort and I said at the time I would drive it in the 20th so that’s what I’m going to do. Obviously, after seeing what Tony (Quinn) was doing with his GT-R we went and bought one of our own, but I’ve still been using the Escort in things like street sprints and hill climbs so when Peter (Baker) expressed interest in buying the GT-R I didn’t have to worry about what I was going to replace it with,” Proctor said. Read full story…

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Sir Stirling Moss on Maserati

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To mark Maserati’s centenary a major exhibition has been opened at the Enzo Ferrari Birthplace Museum. A number of key people who have played a role in the history of Maserati were invited to the opening including Sir Stirling Moss.

He became a professional driver in 1948 at the age of just 18 years old and drove for Jaguar, HWM, and Mercedes-Benz. When Mercedes-Benz left the motor racing scene he moved on to racing for Maserati and Vanwall. In 1954 he drove what he considered to be his first proper Formula 1 car — the Maserati 250F. Between then and 1962 he raced in 318 races and won 134 of those.  Read full story…

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