Chang­ing Times

This month, we say a fond farewell to a pair of long-stand­ing con­trib­u­tors to the mag­a­zine — Graeme Rice and Steve Richards

New Zealand Classic Car - - EDITORIAL -

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.

Clas­sic Car­toon­ist

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.

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