David Brown Automotive Speedback GT
Photo courtesy of David Brown Automotive Over July 21–22, the Made in the UK exhibition in Liverpool featured a unique handcrafted vehicle — the David ...full story
Aroha Cruise In to be attended by Mark ‘Fletch’ Fletcher
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 ...full story

Tragic loss of veteran racer Len May


Our thoughts go out to family and friends following the tragic loss of veteran racer Len May while competing in his Cooper FJ at this weekend’s Roycroft Trophy.

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Mahindra to be sponsor of North Island Endurance Series


The inaugural North Island Endurance series will be sponsored by a global automotive manufacturer that is relatively new to the country.

Mahindra will take on sponsorship for the first time in New Zealand when supporting the three-round series which is to take place this year.

The company is a major sponsor in Nascar and Moto GP, and has its own team in the forthcoming Formula E series. As well as having title sponsorship of the new endurance series, Mahindra will also provide the official safety car for the events.

The Mahindra North Island Endurance Series dates are June 6–7 in Pukekohe, July 5–6 in Taupo and July 25–26 at Hampton Downs. Read full story…

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Legends of Speed 2014 fast approaching

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Got your car ready for Legends of Speed 2014 at Hampton Downs at the end of the month?

The Legends of Speed 2014 is one of  Historic Muscle Cars’s (HMC) premier historic events. It is where the Historic Racing Club honours New Zealand’s many motor sport legends with a mix of races with classic saloon cars and historic single-seaters. Historic racing is all about having historic values where the cars are the stars, compliant vehicles, great fun, and no pressure racing. Read full story…

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Racing from yesteryear at the Roycroft Vintage Festival


If you’re looking for an event known for its relaxed atmosphere and love of vintage vehicles, get yourself along to the Roycroft Vintage Festival this weekend.

Held at Hampton Downs on March 8–9, this is your opportunity to see and hear a 1930 Bugatti Type 46. It’s known by some as the ‘Baby Bugatti Royale’. Also see a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 (fourth series) which is one of the best known classic shapes of the 1930s. Read full story…

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Maserati unveils the Alfieri for centenary

The 2014 Geneva International Show held the unveiling of the Maserati Alfieri, a 2+2 concept coupé to celebrate Maserati’s centenary.

The unveiling, held on March 4, introduced the Alfieri as an exciting but realistic, 100-per-cent functional prototype that says a lot about the design DNA of future Maseratis. The Alfieri could be the door to the future of Maserati. Read full story…

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New Zealand Classic Car tested the latest Aston Martin Vanquish …

Here’s a sneak preview of the latest Aston Martin Vanquish that we got to test drive yesterday, thanks to the team at Independent Prestige.

You can read all about it in our next issue of New Zealand Classic Car magazine in store later this month.

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Ecolight Targa Sprint

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Subaru ace Leigh Hopper turned out to be the driver to beat in this year’s Ecolight Targa Rallysprint at Pukekohe on Sunday. But not before he and runner-up pair Glenn Inkster and Spencer Winn (Mitsubishi Evo 8) were given a run for their money by tarmac rally rookies Carl Ruiterman and ChanelleWalsh.

Ruiterman, a former D1NZ National Drifting Champion, and Walsh were a revelation in the hatchback Subaru WRX Impreza originally built for gymkhana and rallycross events, the pair winning three of the eight stages outright and ending up fifth overall despite engine failure — and a maximum time penalty — on the final stage.

The eight-stage/70km Ecolight Rallysprint was the first of three events on this year’s 20th anniversary Targa year calendar, attracting over 60 entries across the three main competitive classes – Instra.com Allcomers 4WD, Instra.com Modern 2WD and Metalman Classic 2WD - and the Targa Tour which runs alongside it.

Full report and results in the April edition of NZ Classic Car magazine, on sale 24th March.

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Albert (Tapper) Torney

Albert (Tapper) Torney was always considered a bit eccentric and he’d be teased and hassled for his behaviour.

He’d go to all the public functions and especially make an appearance at movie theatres to collect empty bottles and cans to put in the sugar bag he carried everywhere.

It was discovered that he sold the empty bottles, but only some of the cans.

After he died in 1998 at the age of 86, his large collection of model cars made from aluminium cans was discovered.

You can see some of his creations in the gallery below which reinforce the age-old saying of ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ — or a sculptor by his sugar bag.



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