NEW LOOK FOR COUN­TRY’S BIG­GEST CLAS­SIC SHOW

Forty-two years on from small be­gin­nings at Auck­land’s Corn­wall Park, the Eller­slie Intermarque Con­cours and NZ Clas­sic Car Show is get­ting a ma­jor makeover

New Zealand Classic Car - - Event Preview NZ Classic Car Weekend/ Ellerslie I - By David Burke-kennedy Pho­tos Adam Croy

Eller­slie Race­course, the event’s home now for some decades, is be­ing re­de­vel­oped to fea­ture a new hos­pi­tal­ity and ac­com­mo­da­tion block in what were pre­vi­ously dis­play and motorkhana sites.

As a re­sult, at this year’s event on Fe­bru­ary 8 you’ll see many of 75-plus club dis­plays in newer, more at­trac­tive ar­eas as or­ga­niz­ers ac­com­mo­date the es­ti­mated 800 clas­sic and lat­est-model cars the show now at­tracts.

There will also be more of the new and ex­otic from the world’s lead­ing car mak­ers as well as sup­pli­ers of restora­tion ser­vices, ac­ces­sories, books and me­mora­bilia plus Meguiar’s car-care prod­ucts.

This time around, en­tries for the NZ Clas­sic Car Mag­a­zine Intermarque Con­cours tro­phy will fea­ture some of the best, if not most valu­able restora­tions ever seen in the south­ern hemi­sphere.

Th­ese will in­clude a rare 1956 multi-mil­lion-dollar MercedesBenz alu­minium-bod­ied 300SL ‘Gull­wing’ — num­ber 27 of only 29 in the world, and so valu­able it can’t even be driven on our roads. Some of the coun­try’s best ve­hi­cle ar­ti­sans and crafts­men have de­voted the past four years to restor­ing this blue-chip clas­sic to bet­ter-than-new con­di­tion — the car it­self hav­ing at­tracted in­ter­est from around the world. >

How­ever, in the win­ner’s cir­cle the Gull­wing will face stiff com­pe­ti­tion from a team of painstak­ingly re­stored Ford Mus­tangs and a 1949 MGTC, to name but a few.

Big Screen Theme

When to comes to the teams com­pe­ti­tion, the win­ning club tra­di­tion­ally has the priv­i­lege of host­ing the fol­low­ing year’s event — past win­ners in­clude the Auck­land Mus­tang Own­ers’ Club, MG, BMW and Porsche.

As in pre­vi­ous years, clubs will com­pete for the Clas­sic Cover In­sur­ance Best Club Dis­play Award, and this year’s theme is The Big Screen, fea­tur­ing cars’ roles as stars in movies and TV shows over the years, see Alfa Romeo in The Grad­u­ate, for ex­am­ple.

A re­cently in­tro­duced cat­e­gory — Ra­diolive’s Best Sur­vivor Class — fea­tures un­re­stored, orig­i­nal-con­di­tion ‘ev­ery­day’ clas­sics that are al­most as good as the day they first hit the road, and in some in­stances they are still in daily use.

Sur­vivors this year will in­clude clas­sic cars from famed mar­ques such As­ton Martin, MG, and Wolse­ley, and on the day other con­tenders are ex­pected to turn up to add fur­ther va­ri­ety to pro­ceed­ings.

Sup­port­ing all this – with spon­sor­ship, gift packs, giveaways and spe­cial of­fers on the day – are car-care lead­ers Meguiar’s and Smits Group. Also, don’t for­get to drop by the New­mar­ket Room and visit the NZ Clas­sic Car mag­a­zine stand. As usual, there’ll be a huge se­lec­tion of clas­sic cars on dis­play — in­clud­ing many

that have fea­tured in past edi­tions of the mag­a­zine — plus spe­cial show sub­scrip­tion of­fers and themed mer­chan­dise.

An Event for all the Fam­ily

If you haven’t vis­ited the show be­fore, it pays you to get there early be­cause it can take the whole day to get around and check out the vast num­ber of cars on dis­play.

And it won’t be just clas­sics that will cap­ti­vate you. Al­low plenty of time to browse the lat­est mouth-wa­ter­ing of­fer­ings from Alfa Romeo, As­ton Martin, Audi, Bent­ley, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jaguar, Jeep, Lam­borgh­ini, Land Rover, Lo­tus, Maserati, Mini, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Volk­swa­gen and Volvo.

There’s also a new Maserati hos­pi­tal­ity area at which you can de­cide what you’re go­ing to buy with your pre­vi­ous night’s Lotto win­nings. One op­tion could be a new mo­tor home — RV Su­per Cen­tre is ex­hibit­ing for the first time, with six fu­tur­is­tic recre­ational ve­hi­cles.

This year back­ground mu­sic — ap­pro­pri­ate for a clas­sic scene — will be pro­vided by The Sound 93.8FM, and it will have a team on site through­out the day.

Other ex­hibitors will of­fer books, mo­tor-sport ac­ces­sories, wheel re­fur­bish­ing, rally tours, track­ing and re­cov­ery tech­nol­ogy, dash­board cam­eras, cloth­ing, car bumpers, garage/show­room floor­ing and paint pro­tec­tion tech­nol­ogy, in­sur­ance cover and, of course, Meguiar’s car-care prod­ucts.

Host this year is last year’s Team Event win­ner — the Auck­land Mus­tang Own­ers Club — which is ex­pected to mount an­other spec­tac­u­lar dis­play of dozens of this iconic marque.

Eller­slie Intermarque Con­cours and Clas­sic Car Show, 10am to 4pm, Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 8, 2015, Eller­slie Race Course, Auck­land. Ad­mis­sion $15, con­cours.org.nz

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