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
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