20 Inspirational Cars E-book Series


20 Inspirational Cars is a series of e-books for our digital readers featuring compilations of the best car builds from NZV8 and NZ Classic Car magazines. Now you can read about our most iconic and inspirational builds in a customised format right from your device, wherever you are.

Follow the designs and plans employed to carry out builds true to their owner’s dreams and desires, in amongst stories of despair and hardship as the extent of work required to turn a rusted shell into a show-stopper becomes apparent. And share in the joy of of a job well done as their cars achieve the pinnacle of concours condition (many of them are multiple show winners), race success, or just become an outstanding example of automotive history reborn.

You’ll also meet the owners themselves — most of them everyday people — who have dreamed of owning such a car and now do. Each of the twenty cars has its own story and we reveal how the owners came to own the car, what they’ve done to make it a shining example of its kind, and what their plans are for its future.

  • Ford Mustang Volume 1 includes vehicles from 1965–2011, an inspirational mix of authentic classics, race cars and modified street machines, all of which provide a good source of ideas for similar projects.
  • Ford Mustang Volume 2 presents twenty Mustangs from 1965–2003: a mix of authentic showroom classics, track-ready race cars and modified street machines
  • Ford Falcon Volume 1 is an invaluable source for anyone thinking of owning, restoring, renovating, modifying a Ford Falcon, or for those simply just interested them, whether it’s a rare GT-HO Phase III or a more recent example from FPV.
  • Chevrolet Camaro Volume 1 has stories of Camaro restoration, renovation and modification, and also features the passionate people behind each car who dreamed of Camaro ownership and made their dreams come true.

Click here to download yours for only US$3.99 each.

Additional titles will feature makes such as Holden Commodore, Mazda RX-7, RX-4, RX-3, RX-2, Mopars, and more.

All books are fully illustrated with detailed photographs of these unique car builds. You can read your e-book on your desktop, Kindle e-book, or on iOS, Android and Blackberry devices.


WIN a Scalextric Ford XB Falcon

Ford-XB-FalconFossicking through the latest additions to Scalextric’s ever-growing range of collectible slot-car racers, this month we couldn’t resist picking up this ex-Alan Moffat / Vern Schuppan XB Falcon from the NZ Scalextric distributor, Toymod, to give away to a lucky reader. Just answer the following question to be in to win this model:

Moffat took pole position in this XB Falcon at the Bathurst 1000 in 1976 – but did he win the race?

To enter, click here. Competition closes on March 31, 2013.

Scalextric models are available from all good toy and hobby shops. If you have a problem locating them, contact Toymod Ltd (PO Box 18 263, Auckland, ph.09 527 0122, fax 09 527 0144) to find your closest retailer.

Ford Falcon 50th Anniversary – Special Feature – 236

On June 25, 2010, the Australian Ford Falcon notched up its half century, fifty years after the original Australian-made XK Falcon rolled off the production line in 1960 launching the longest continuous model line in Australian motoring history.

Ford Australia achieved two outstanding milestones this year, the other, 85 years of Ford production in Australia. The Falcon has proved itself to be a true icon of Australian motoring since its debut, and while other models such as the recently discontinued Ford Fairlane have travelled over Australian roads longer, they’ve included imported versions. The Falcon has undoubtedly earned its place in automotive history as the longest running nameplate on an Australian-made vehicle and, in order to commemorate this outstanding accomplishment, Ford has recently unveiled a range of six special edition Falcon’s boasting a host of additional features and special pricing. With four XR-based models and two G-Series based models, proudly wearing the Falcon ‘bird’ logo that originally inspired the name for the large car. Read the rest of this entry »

1972 XA GT Falcon – Fantastic Falcon – 236

One word – Bathurst – instantly conjures up images of decades of nail-biting battles between the two Aussie archrivals, Ford and Holden. In fact, Bathurst was the inspiration behind Ford’s decision to produce such a car as the famous GT Falcon.

During the early years of the ‘great race’ the annual 500-mile event at the mountain road course of Mount Panorama attracted countless entrants driving virtually every known variety of foreign and domestic car, including the very first purpose-built local Ford ‘race’ car, the Cortina GT500. However, in 1967 Ford was keen to promote its current Falcon XR model which, for the first time for an Australian Falcon, was available with a V8 engine. Ford set about planning something rather different. The rest, as they say, is history, as the GT Falcon reigned supreme at ‘the mountain’ during the ensuing years, and was involved in some of the most heavily fought tussles in the event’s history.

Between the years of 1969 and 1973 these mighty machines had a huge impact on the Australian touring car scene, when a young up and coming driver, Allan Moffatt, got behind the wheel of the Phase 1, 2, and 3 GT-HOs, firing up the imagination of Ford fans throughout Australasia as he took the laurels at Bathurst in 1970 and 1971. Read the rest of this entry »

Ford Falcon turns 50 – news report

Ford Falcon turns 50 – news item from Ten News in Australia

Goodwood 1966: Memories of the Lloyd Family

For me as a car mad schoolboy of 11 (pictured with Peter Arundell’s F2 test Lotus), the major sporting event of 1966 was the closure of Goodwood for regular motor race meetings.

While I soon developed a more cosmopolitan attitude to racing elsewhere within easy reach of home (such as Brands Hatch, Crystal Palace and Thruxton), in 1966 Goodwood was my favourite circuit, especially as it was the first circuit to which I had been taken by my parents back in 1963.

Much has been said and written about the friendly atmosphere of a Goodwood race meeting in the 1960s, and I would concur with this view. Free admission to the Paddock, and the Grandstands at Woodcote and the Chicane at Members’ Meetings emphasised this too.

The Lloyd family visited Goodwood four times during 1966, in March, April (including Members’ Days and the practice day for the Easter Monday event) and June.

I am not sure whether prices had risen so high that my Dad felt that it was too expensive for a family of four to attend the Easter race day, or that first, the crowds were too big for small kids, second, the circuit’s new 3-litre limit for Racing and Sports Racing Cars or third, the fact that the big race was for the 1-litre Formula Two cars, I am not sure, but in any event we went to the practice, which I recall we also did in 1965.

Ironically we went as a family to the Brands Hatch race meeting on the Monday.

I was excited that the freedom of movement we were allowed gave me the opportunity to snap a number of cars with either the family Baby Brownie or my sister Julia’s Ilford 127 camera. I took pictures of a number of cars which grabbed my attention during the days racing or which looked good or different in the paddock.

My own memories include an intense battle at the March meeting between the Fraser Imps and Roger Nathan’s version, which ended with Nathan and one of the Fraser cars in the bank at Woodcote.

An equally intense battle at the June meeting involved  Don Jones (Anglia), Peter Bevan (A40) and 2 Minis driven by David George and David Meer.

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Classic Ford Commercials

Some classic commercials for the popular range of Australian Ford Vehicles of the sixties and seventies, including the Falcon, Cortina and Escort.

NZV8TV S2 Ep5 – 1963 Corvette Split Window, muscle cars at Eastern Creek – pt2

Central Muscle Cars race 4 from Eastern Creek. Classic muscle cars including the Pinepac Mustang, GIO Walkinshaw Commodore, Falcon XC Cobra and VH Commodore. Plus a minter split-window Chevrolet Corvette from 1963

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