This month, we say a fond farewell to a pair of long-standing contributors to the magazine — Graeme Rice and Steve Richards
Graeme Rice’s very first piece for the magazine was printed as a historical side note to the Classic Crossword that appeared in our March 1992 edition. Back then, Graeme’s column was entitled Don’t look back, and it dealt with a single, different year each month — the first being 1974, the time of the ‘friendly games’ in Christchurch. Over the years the column altered and changed, eventually transforming into the present Timelines format. In highlighting interesting, significant and, sometimes, momentous moments in automotive history, Graeme often covered far more ground that we had space to print, so for the past four to five years, an unabridged version of Timelines has appeared on the magazine’s website.
However, this month’s Timelines will be Graeme’s swansong, as he plans to retire so that he can devote more time to travel — especially to the UK to visit his grandchildren.
We may revive Timelines under a new byline at a later date, but for the moment, like Graeme, the column is going into retirement.
Steve Richards has been providing humorous cartoons and illustrations to the magazine for well over 10 years. Steve’s first appearance within our pages came in February 1999, when he sent in a cartoon of Nzclassiccar’s then editor flying off the edge of a cliff in the magazine’s infamous Targa Stinger — the Singer Vogue that we prepared for use in the 1998 running of Targa NZ.
After I later took over the reins of the magazine, I invited Steve to contribute a regular Classic Cartoon, and over the following 15 years he produced more than 200 cartoons and illustrations for Nzclassiccar.
When we first met Steve he was living in Blenheim, but today he resides in Australia where he earns a living as a graphic designer by day. Steve is also an accomplished musician who sings as well as playing keyboards and harmonica — presently he’s performing as part of a Suzi Quatro tribute show. With an increased involvement with music and car-art paintings, Steve has decided he needs more time to spend on those activities. However, we’ll keep in touch with him, so we may print the odd cartoon every now and again — and he’s also threatening to come up with a way to put all his Nzclassiccar cartoons together into one publication!
Everyone at Nzclassiccar wishes Steve and Graeme all the best for the future … and many thanks for all the terrific work they’ve contributed to the magazine over the years.