Show Stop­per

New Zealand Classic Car - - Readers' Writes -

As a South Is­lan­der, I don’t of­ten travel across the strait to the North Is­land and, even though I’m well past the half-cen­tury, I can count the times I’ve ac­tu­ally been in Auck­land on the fin­gers of one hand. In­deed, the last time I vis­ited the City of Sails was way back in the mid-’80s — it’s cer­tainly changed a lot since then!

Any­way, as I con­tem­plated be­ing dragged along kick­ing and scream­ing to the big smoke for a fam­ily wed­ding, my grip­ing started to level off when I re­al­ized that I’d be in Auck­land for the big Eller­slie clas­sic car show. And, with the wed­ding tak­ing place on Satur­day, ‘she who must be obeyed’ told me that Sun­day would be a ‘free’ day as far as I was con­cerned.

As a re­sult, af­ter punch­ing ‘Eller­slie Race­course’ into the sat­nav unit glued to the dash­board of our hire car, Sun­day morn­ing saw me head­ing off bright and early for the show so as to get there ahead of the crowds. That turned out to be a waste — I ar­rived at Eller­slie well be­fore of­fi­cial open­ing time but still found my­self in a queue to en­ter the grounds! How­ever, the brief wait was well worth it; the first sight on en­ter­ing be­ing a de­lec­ta­ble line-up of past and present As­ton Martins, and it just kept get­ting bet­ter. So much to see!

I dropped by the Nzclassiccar stand and picked up a few back copies I’d missed for some rea­son, gaw­ped at the amaz­ing Back To The­fu­ture Delorean for ten min­utes and then stepped back out into the sun­light to be con­fronted with a mouth-wa­ter­ing se­lec­tion of Ital­ian thor­ough­breds — ev­ery­thing from Fer­raris to Fi­ats, as well as Lam­borgh­i­nis and Lan­cias. The ic­ing on the cake had to be the sim­ply stunning cars gath­ered within the Win­ners Cir­cle — a brace of truly gor­geous As­tons, a posse of Mus­tangs and, of course, a sim­ply amaz­ing Gull­wing Mercedes. I have to give it to you Auck­lan­ders — you cer­tainly put on a great show!

Any­way, I just wanted to write in to let you know that you ab­so­lutely bright­ened up a trip to the big smoke that I hadn’t been es­pe­cially look­ing for­ward to. Char­lie Cos­grove, via email We’re glad you en­joyed the show, Char­lie — here’s hop­ing that ‘she who must be obeyed’ doesn’t twig by read­ing this copy of NZ Clas­sic Car! AGW

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