Timline: December 1914, 1939, 1964, and 1989
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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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McLaren Magic: 2014 McLaren 12C Spider

It’s not that often we get to drive a half-a-million-dollar supercar — and what made this drive so special was that it was in a car with a direct connection to the Kiwi motoring psyche

With the original iteration of the MP4-12C, launched in 2011, McLaren Automotive re-entered the supercar market with its first road-going sports car since production of the now legendary F1 ceased in 1998.

Designed under the leadership of Frank Stephenson, the MP4-12C’s chassis followed Formula 1 principles, being a one-piece carbon-fibre tub — dubbed a ‘Carbon MonoCell’ by McLaren. Weighing in at a mere 80kg, this chassis was manufactured by Austrian specialist Carbo Tech, of Salzburg. Unlike the three-abreast seating arrangement of the McLaren F1, the MP4 featured a more conventional two-seater configuration — although a slim central console allowed McLaren to position the driver closer to the car’s centre-line than the passenger.

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Mini remakes classic Kiwi Goodbye Pork Pie scene

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Photo:  Simon Darby and MINI NZ

Remember that Kiwi classic film from the early ’80s that saw a teen’s journey across New Zealand in a rented yellow Mini? And do you remember that iconic Lake Hawea chase scene? Well Mini New Zealand has remade this scene featuring a number of ‘new originals’.

The old beaten up Mini has been replaced with the brand new Mini Hatch, and with all the new features this car has Mini New Zealand thought it was worthy enough to recreate the scene that would resonate with Kiwis.  Read full story…

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Maranello Rosso 250 GTO up for auction

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The Maranello Rosso museum is the Ferrari museum that showcases 25 genuine Ferraris as art pieces in Italy. It has been announced that 10 important vehicles from the Maranello Rosso collection will be going up for sale in August at Bonhams’ annual Quail Lodge auction.

The world’s longest single-ownership Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta will be up for sale at no reserve. This vehicle has been in the care of just one family for no fewer than 49 years from 1965 up until today. Read full story…

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2014 Mustang Convention introduces Spirit of Mustang awards

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Ten additional awards will be included at this year’s National Ford Mustang Convention. Due to the special nature of this year being the 50th anniversary convention, the ‘spirit of the Ford Mustang’ will be celebrated with special ‘Spirit of Mustang’ awards.

First, second, and third trophies for traditional model years, plus Shelbys and Bosses will still be judged, however the Canterbury Mustang Owners’ Club, which will be hosting this year’s event in Chistchurch over Labour Weekend, have initiated another approach for the awards. The new ‘Spirit of Mustang’ awards will be judged by a specially chosen guest panel who must select and agree on the ten Mustangs that they think best represent and capture the iconic Mustang spirit.

Peter Geddes, convenor of the convention working group, says, “the guidelines we will give to the guest judges will be deliberately generic, giving them autonomy and discretion to use their own judgement.”

To get the judges started, Geddes says three aspects will be suggested as points of consideration. These will be the presentation standard of each of the 200 plus Mustangs and its display, the recognition of the five decades that define Mustang heritage, and their own personal view of the visual and emotional appeal of each Mustang.

With 200 plus expected entrants the awards are set to be a great feature at the 50th anniversary convention Geddes says the ‘Spirit of Mustang awards will hold a once-in-50-years status throughout New Zealand’s Mustang fraternity.

“It’s just one of the many plans we have to make the 2014 Mustang Convention one not to be missed.”

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Maserati retraces 100 years at Enzo Ferrari Museum

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The exhibition created in celebration of Maserati’s 100 years has opened in Modena. Named Maserati 100 — a century of pure Italian luxury sports cars, the exhibition outlines the story of the Italian car manufacturer by show some of the trident marque’s most significant vehicles. Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to view clips of the most intriguing moments of the company’s history and also learn about the people who were involved in its continued success.

The exhibition will run until January 2015 in the Enzo Ferrari Museum, which isn’t too far away from Maserati’s headquarters in Viale Ciro Menotti.

At the inauguration of the exhibition, the guest of honour was Sir Stirling Moss who, in the 1950s, was a Maserati racing driver who secured many victories for the trident marque.   Read full story…

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Timelines — July 1914, 1939, 1964, and 1989

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

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Did Audi really win the 1914 Austrian Alpine Rally?

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Our newspapers gave a full list of the cars entered in the Austrian Alpine Rally, plus introduced some doubt about who had actually won. Entries from Europe were, Austro-Daimler, Audi, Benz, Darracq, Fiat , Hansa, Hotchkiss, Laurin & Klement, NAG, Opel and Puch. Great Britain fielded five makes, Armstrong-Whitworth, Rolls-Royce, Singer, Vauxhall and Wolseley with Cadillac and Overland representing the new world and the only country that wouldn’t be at war within the month.

In spite of Audi being widely advertised as the winner, Hansa were quick to get an Alpentype into production and it would seem as though Sylvain de Jong, owner of Minerva, regarded the sleeve valve Belgian car as the moral victor and sent that message as far as his distributors in New Zealand.

Mercedes took the first three places in the Grand Prix de l’ACF(French Automobile Club) run over 20 laps totalling 470 miles at Lyons on 4th July. For the first time an engine size limit was used – maximum capacity was 4500cc and the maximum weight was 1100kgs.

Once George Boillot’s Peugeot gave up the ghost in the very last lap, after playing hare and tortoise with the Mercedes team for almost all the race, it was up to Jules Goux to save some honour for France and bring home a Peugeot, albeit in fourth place. Dario Resta brought his Sunbeam home in fifth place. Read full story…

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