GM Day Out event seeking General Motors fans this Sunday

New Zeland’s GM Enthusiasts Club is hosting its annual GM Day Out event this Sunday (May 8).

It’s geared up to be a family day for all those interested in any and all vehicles produced by General Motors. As in previous years the event will be held at Clevedon School in Clevedon, Auckland. The event is set to showcase all things GM from immaculately restored Cadillacs through to Holden Doorslammers and everything in-between.

It’s a nice little cruise out to Clevedon and there is a pub next door to the school if you want to get a beer or a feed on. It’s also just a minute’s walk from the Clevedon village for a look around.

Junkyard Dog car T-shirts – bringing back old school cool

Remember when the back seat of your car was used for more than transporting the kids to sports practice? If you remember what bench seats were really for and want to hang on to those precious memories, get yourself into a new Junkyard Dog tshirt. The clever people at Junkyard Dog have selected some of our most iconic vehicles and screen printed these onto top quality American Apparel tees.

If you answer yes to any one of the following then you’ve got to get yourself into a Junkyard Dog tee without delay:

1. Did you ever get past first base in your old man’s car

2. Have you ever had hair that was quite a bit longer at the back than everywhere else

3. Can you remember Radial Tuned Suspension

4. Did you cruise the main street during late night shopping

5. Do you ever say “you wanna go mate” just like Fred Dagg

6. Can you remember when smoking made you look cool

7. Can you remember when cars really used to break down and make you late for work

8. Can you remember when cars were cooler raised than lowered

Of course you can……..!

A Junkyard Dog tshirt will make you look slimmer, younger, cooler and substantially increase your market appeal. Chicks dig guys with cool cars and cool tees. Put the two together now in a Junkyard Dog tshirt. Whether it’s a Mini Cooper, a Kingswood or a GT Falcon go and check out the Junkyard Dog website out for some of the coolest cars of yesteryear. Read the rest of this entry »

Pork Pie Police team seeks sponsors for upcoming charity run

On the 21st of April the Goodbye Pork Pie charity run will see a variety of wacky and retro vehicles make their way from Kaitaia down to Invercargill. It will take six days and seven nights and will see the cars cover over 2500km all to raise money for a good cause  – the Starship Foundation.

It’s been thirty years since the film Goodbye Pork Pie was released and it remains one of New Zealand’s most iconic local films. If you’re interested in campaigning a car in this charity run, then check out the Pork Pie charity run website to find out more. The entered cars don’t have to be yellow Minis but do need to be the same as a classic vehicle that appeared in the film or any older style Mini.

If you’re not willing to spend 25ookms in a Mini but want to support this charity event then the Pork Pie Police Team are looking for sponsorship. They are aiming to raise some serious coin for the Starship Children’s Hospital and are looking for businesses who are willing to sponsor their team.

Different donations will get logos of various sizes on the Police Team’s 1976 HJ Holden Kingswood (pictured) and/or the Teams clothing. The NZ Emergency Vehicle Collectors club is running the Police Team entry, to find out more about sponsoring the team email newzealandevc@gmail.com

Travels with my Father – 229

Automobile rites of passage, from father to son, are hotwired into the genes of Kiwi males in this country. Memories of what our dads drove during our childhoods lurk as mystical dreams through adolescence and into adulthood.

It was an era of the stiff upper lip, not renowned for warm fuzzies and navel gazing. ‘Bonding’ between boys and their dads was often restricted to ‘the shed’ and the internal combustion engine, for many, was the currency of hanging out together!

These dreams of long gone machinery plant a powerful seed in the hearts of most enthusiasts, invoking a return to simpler days. Like riding with dad down the highway in his new Holden.

My father (Sim) was what you might call a closet automobile admirer. Son of a clergyman, he had been fortunate in having had a father with a car during the tough depression days of the ’30s. Private car ownership was not common until the ’60s. But a minister needed a car to make his rounds of parishioners, and my father accompanied him at times. As a man of the cloth, his father was posted to new parishes every few years. This gave my old man plenty of scope to experience back country roads riding shotgun, while his father spread the ‘word’ to his flock.

It came really as no surprise, following the completion of schooling at Christchurch Boys High School, that he scored a job as junior roving reporter. This was on the farming page of the The Press, based in Ashburton.

He embarked on this illustrious career around 1940, and needed a car to cover his territory. A Singer sedan, vintage about 1929, was acquired and he was soon roaming back roads in search of agricultural news. He loved the job, the freedom and the driving!

However, the war was to intercept his pleasurable rural pastimes. After serving in the Pacific on aircraft carriers and being stationed in the UK, he returned to Godzone around 1946. Following a period in air traffic control which included bringing the big Sunderland and Solent flying boats into Mechanics Bay on Auckland Harbour, his passion for the road reared its head again and he became a travelling salesman.

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Motorsport legend Tom Walkinshaw dies aged 64

Tom Walkinshaw, owner of the Holden Racing Team (HRT) and a career veteran in racing and performance car circles, died yesterday at the age of 64 of lung cancer.

Scottish-born Walkinshaw packed a wide variety of accomplishments into his lifetime and his racing history included a career as an F1 team manager and owner at Benetton and Arrows, along with time spent as a driver in Formula 2, Le Mans and in touring car championships. He was also the owner of English rugby club Gloucester.

In Australia, Walkinshaw was heavily involved in local motorsport and his exploits included a Jaguar-sponsored assault on the Bathurst 1000, the birth of Holden Special Vehicles in 1987, the creation of the Holden Racing Team (HRT) in 1988 and a swag of V8 Supercar titles.

Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mike Devereux today paid tribute to Holden Special Vehicles and Holden Racing Team owner and founder Walkinshaw in saying, “On behalf of the men and women at Holden, I’d like to extend our deepest sympathies to Tom’s family, friends and co-workers across the world. For more than 20 years Tom’s pursuit of excellence helped forge our brand’s reputation as a performance leader both on and off the track through the creation of Holden Special Vehicles and the Holden Racing Team. From the original 1988 Group A Commodore that will forever be known as a “Walkinshaw” to the extraordinary W427 20 years later, Tom’s work was truly iconic. His contribution not only to Holden, but the automotive industry is legendary and will never be forgotten.”

1964 Holden EH Premier – Iconic Aussie – 229

Everyone has a story to tell about their trusty old Holden — particularly so when that Holden is the iconic EH.

Ever wondered how the team at NZCC determine each month what car should grace our cover?

There’s no science to it really, although certain events throughout the year — for example Targa, the Ellerslie Concours or perhaps a theme or anniversary (like our recent Mini 50th) — can influence the car we choose.

Given the fact that this month’s cover car needs absolutely no introduction at all is reason enough for it to be there. After all, it’s truly a Kiwi icon, part of our landscape, and holds a special place in the history of New Zealand motoring.

We’re talking, of course, about the EH Holden — the eighth Holden model produced since GMH commenced production in 1948. Aussies welcomed the new model with open arms, buying 250,000 of them in just 18 months, making it the fastest selling Australian car ever.

The EH was introduced to New Zealand in September of 1963 and was an instant success with Kiwis, with its new look roofline and clever styling making it more appealing from almost every angle than its predecessor, the EJ.

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Holden’s EFIJY concept car to be shown at Melbourne’s Motorclassica event

It’s already been five years since its debut, but Holden’s EFIJY concept vehicle still looks just like new, well old, but still new. The confusing yet striking concept will have some more time in the spotlight at the upcoming International Motorclassica Concours d’Elegance and Classic Motorshow to be held in Melbourne, Australia later this month.

Holden’s fascinating concept car, which was first shown at the 2005 Sydney Motor Show features a 489 kw (656 hp) supercharged 6.0-litre V8 engine on a Chevrolet Corvette platform, a ‘Soprano Purple’ paint job and fan-cooled LED headlights.

The EFIJY’s creator Richard Ferlazzo quotes his sources of inspiration as the 1953 FJ Holden and various hot rods of the 1930s. Ferlazzo is now the head designer at Holden and had this to say, “We’re certainly honored to have EFIJY displayed in its home city among some of the world’s most stunning cars.”

Since its debut the concept vehicle has picked up a swag of awards including South East Automotive Media Organization’s 2007 North American Concept Car of the Year and American Hot Rod magazine’s Hot Rod of the Year. So it’s got the looks got the power and got the critical acclaim. If you want to check it out get to the Motorclassica event in the Royal Exhibition Buildings at Melbourne’s Carlton Gardens this weekend (22nd to the 24th of October). Read the rest of this entry »

Ford Cortina GTE grabs top honours in 2010 My Minter competition

The judges (including our own NZ Classic Car editor Peter Kelly) have finished their deliberations and a decision has been reached on the winner of the My Minter Grand Champion for 2010.

This year’s winner is a beautifully restored and locally significant 1970 Ford Cortina GTE. The judges agreed that the Cortina GTE entered is a true world class car. It has a special Kiwi heritage being unique to New Zealand and remains a rarity not only here but on the world stage. The fact that it is still in fantastic condition, is used and obviously loved by its owner, makes it a worthy winner of the coveted My Minter Grand Champion title for 2010.

The category winners are all awesome in their own right and include a Mitsubishi L300 van fitted with a VR4 2-litre turbocharged engine which took top honours in the ‘Hard Working Minter’ category. A Holden VK Commodore Brock replica running a worked 308 which took the title of ‘Modified Minter’ and a hand-painted Triumph T100 Bonneville motorbike which won the ‘Motorbike Minter’ category.

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