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The Corgi/ Van­guards range of col­lectible 1:43 die-cast mod­els con­tin­ues to grow apace, and ev­ery month there’s some­thing new to tempt the col­lec­tor. This month, we’re tak­ing a look at two iconic Fords — first up be­ing a svelte-look­ing Cortina MKIII (VA10310), the so-called ‘Coke­bot­tle’ ’Tina. Re­splen­dent in a coat of Mo­dena Green and com­plete, of course, with that pe­riod must-have — a black ‘vinyl’ roof — this up­scale 2000E model wears styled steel wheels and comes with a rea­son­ably well-de­tailed in­te­rior in dark tan. The Edi­tor’s fam­ily brought one of th­ese Fords with them when they em­i­grated to New Zealand back in the mid-’70s — although theirs was the even more up­mar­ket 2000GXL, in Day­tona Yel­low. As you might imag­ine, its We­basto sun­roof was used rather more in New Zealand than it had been in the UK. For those who pre­fer faster Fords, what about this gar­ish-look­ing Es­cort MKI RS2000 (VA09517)? While we’ve never seen one of th­ese iconic Pom­mie per­for­mance sa­loons in such a retinaburn­ing shade of or­ange, it’ll cer­tainly stand out in your dis­play cabi­net! Thanks to the good guys at Toy­mod Ltd — the NZ Corgi/van­guards dis­trib­u­tors — we have one ex­am­ple of the 1:43 Es­cort RS2000 to give away to a lucky reader, just an­swer the fol­low­ing ques­tion:


What’s the fac­tory name given to the shade of or­ange used on our prize RS2000?

The EJ EH Own­ers of NZ is a group on Face­book, which Joshua Ben­tham cre­ated in Novem­ber 2014 af­ter pur­chas­ing his first EH Holden from Nel­son in Septem­ber. The group has rapidly grown, and now in­cludes 70 EJ and EH Hold­ens with friendly and pas­sion­ate own­ers na­tion­wide.

The group has de­signed its own logo as well as stick­ers for the cars, fea­tur­ing a steer­ing wheel with the red cen­tre cap which best rep­re­sents the sym­bolic fea­tures of the EJ and EH Holden. The logo went through a vot­ing and com­ment process so that all mem­bers had their say in it, and this is re­flected in the qual­ity of the end re­sult.

The group aims to be dif­fer­ent to other Face­book groups by keep­ing a cur­rent al­bum of all mem­bers’ cars, so a ve­hi­cle doesn’t just dis­ap­pear down the news feed. It also has an al­bum of other EJ and EH Hold­ens known to be in New Zealand.

Mem­bers like to help each other out with mo­ti­va­tion and parts, and when pos­si­ble get more old Hold­ens out of garages, on the road, and driven to shows and events.

Last month the group had its in­au­gu­ral group meet­ing at Whanga­mata Beach Hop on the Satur­day, and even with the bad weather 18 cars turned up, 11 of which were driven by mem­bers, while oth­ers came by word of mouth. Next year the aim is to do it all again and hope to get 25 to 30 EJ and EH Hold­ens to the park up (hope­fully the weather will be bet­ter) to make it more pleas­ant.

The club is also in the process of cre­at­ing cruises and pro­mot­ing other events to help get the group mem­bers to­gether, get­ting to know one an­other, and learn­ing facts about one an­other’s ve­hi­cles.

The group has a range of Pre­mier and Spe­cial mod­els in all body shapes of sedan, van, ute and wagon vari­ants, and some mem­bers own more than one or even two EJ or EH, proof that own­ing a Holden can be quite con­ta­gious.

There’s an open in­vi­ta­tion for other EJ and EH Own­ers to join the group on Face­book.

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