300 (This is not Sparta!)
I’m writing this in the first week of the new year. After a 10-day menu littered with ham salad, ham omelette, ham pizza, ham-and-egg pie, ham sandwiches and, finally, ham-andpea soup, the family-sized haunch of smoked Christmas Porky Pig has finally been dealt to, summer has finally arrived, and another year beckons. This will be quite a significant year for both NZ Classic Car and, more personally, for myself.
It only seems like yesterday when I scribbled down some words on the Sunbeam Owners Club for the second edition of the NZ Classic Car Directory but, quite obviously, that all happened 24 years ago. As an aside, my sage old grandfather warned me all about this contraction of time a long, long, time ago in what now seems like a galaxy far, far away. Today, with more years behind me than ahead, I now know what he meant!
Right, less of the cracker-barrel philosophizing — back to the present and the subject at hand! With our December 2015 edition we’ll be marking the 300th appearance of the magazine. That’s a big milestone for NZ Classic Car, and we’ll expend a lot of thought over the months leading up to the December issue on how we can make our 300th edition something really special. A few ideas have been sent whistling around the corridors of power here at Parkside Towers, but nothing has been decided upon as yet.
On a more personal note, and just as importantly, the January 2016 edition — on sale just prior to Christmas this year — will bring my editorial tally of NZ Classic Car magazines completed up to a nice, round, double ton. There have been a few suggestions as to how we could celebrate my 200th edition — most, admittedly, not suitable for inclusion in a family magazine — while our publisher came up with at least one idea. Mind you, the latter suggestion was never going to fly!
As for me — well, I’ll just be glad if I’m still here to mark that 200th anniversary.