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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 


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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20th Annual Henry Ford Memorial Day coming up


In a little over a month’s time the 20th Annual Henry Ford Memorial Day Display and Swap Meet will be gracing the Claudelands Showgrounds.

Hosted by The Waikato Mustang Owners Club, the date has been confirmed as Sunday, July 27 with gates opening at 8am. All Ford owners are water to bring their cars along for a great memorial day.

Awards for Peoples’ Choice, Best Australian, Best European, Best American, Best Commercial, Best Vintage, and Best FPV will be up for grabs throughout the day.

All cars must stay until 1.30pm and there is food available onsite to keep you going throughout the day.

It will cost $15 per vehicle, adult spectators will be $5, family price of $10 and children under 12 with an adult won’t be charged a thing.

Swappers (auto-related only) will be charged $10 and trade stands are worth $25.

Proceeds raised from this event will be donated to New Air Ambulance.

For any more information contact Bob on 07 828 7867, Colin 0n 07 824 2030, or Nick on 07 829 7071


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Michael Schumacher on the road to recovery


Michael Schumacher had been in a coma since his December 2013 skiing accident. We are pleased to hear he is no longer in a coma and has been moved from the French hospital he was in to the University Hospital of Lausanne in Switzerland.

The Formula One world champion had been in an induced coma after having blood clots removed from his brain since December 29. He ended his motor racing career last year, but he has a record 91 Grand Prix victories to his name.

We wish Michael Schumacher well in his rehabilitation and recovery.


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Drive safe this winter with clear vision


Clear vision is one thing that most of us take for granted, and don’t even think about when we’ve got it, yet nothing frustrates us more than not having it.

We all know how bad it can be driving in the pouring rain and discovering that your screen is so covered in grime that you should really pull over, but you are too stubborn to do so. Imagine a screen covered in grime if you were a navigator in an American air force plane way back in World War II. That was the situation in which Howard Ohlhausen found himself.

After Howard left the air force, the idea of creating something to help keep windscreens clean and clear of rain and grime consumed him, until he came up with a successful solution. That solution was Rain-X, and it went on to become a globally recognized product.  Read full story…

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Meguiar’s Car Crazy Charity Cruise on the road in July

Logo-14-horizGet your car out of the garage and onto the road — and even support a great cause in doing so.

The Meguiar’s Car Crazy Charity Cruise is all about supporting and raising funds for Starship Children’s Health and its back for 2014 with an even bigger VIP car park. The bigger the space, the higher the number of cool cars out on show.

It all starts on Sunday, 20 July at 9.30am. Meet at Smits Group/Meguiar’s headquarters at 59 Greenmount Drive, East Tamaki. Entrants will receive their gift packs which, just like the car park, are bigger and better than ever. You’ll also be informed of the cruise route and get your official cruise sticker.

The cruise will take you on the scenic route to The Speedshow being held at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane. As part of the cruise Meguiar’s have been able to organize for you to perform a VIP lap of the live action arena and after you’ve completed the lap you can park up your car in the VIP car park for people at the show to stop by and admire.

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Register now for only $45 per car, which is a steal considering the Meguiar’s VIP entry pack is worth over $120. The registration price even covers entry into The Speedshow for everyone you take on the cruise with you. You entire entry fee will be donated to Starship Children’s health.

The cruise will include well-presented vehicles only — including customs, classics, hot rods, imports, and street machines — and if your car proves popular on the day, you may just find yourself coming home $700 richer in cash and prizes having been awarded the People’s Choice Award. As well as donating 100 per cent of the entry fees, Smits Group/Meguiar’s will also donate 50 cents for every legitimate vote in the People’s Choice Award category. Everyone who goes to The Speedshow will be given a form to cast their vote on.

Register your car now before spaces fill up at meguiars.co.nz


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‘Austie’ Clark 1911 Mercer Type 35R up for auction debut

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Darin Schnabel © 2014 courtesy RM Auctions

It will be the auction debut of the ‘Austie’ Clark 1911 Mercer Type 35R Raceabout when it goes under the hammer at the RM Auction’s RM Monterey sale.

It has been owned for 65 years by the family of purchaser Henry Austin ‘Austie’ Clark Jr, who bought the vehicle in 1949. He was a pioneering researcher, noted collector, and proprietor of the Long Island Automotive Museum.

Austie Clark accumulated such a large and diverse range of vehicles that when it was packed and shipped off to The Henry Ford Museum it involved an entire month of packing, three moving trucks and over two decades to sort through and file the 54,000 pounds of material that had been collected.

The particular vehicle going up for sale is one of Clark’s earliest additions to his collection. It was a fixture at his Long Island Automotive Museum and it took part in exhibition runs in conjunction with the Bridgehampton races. Clark had a hand in organizing and funding these races. Read full story…

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British-inspired roadsters to make a comeback


It’s looking like Mini and MG are both exploring options in bringing the classic British roadster market back into the land of the living.

The classic British sports car  is looking to make a reappearance in the form of Mini’s Superleggera — a two-seat roadster concept with obvious Italian style.

The Superleggera was shown in late May and is simple and sleek. It has no door handles, a simple dashboard is formed from untreated aluminium steel, and the seats are leather bucket seats.

Although at 4167mm it is longer than the British sports car Austin Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite, it matches the Mazda MX-5 — with this particular vehicle taking the roadster market previously.  Read full story…

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