Win a Corgi/vanguards Vauxhall cop car
Once again, we’ve once again been checking through the latest additions to the Corgi/ Vanguards range of collectible 1:43 diecast models in order to come up with something to tempt readers into entering our competition. This month, the long arm of the law grasped us by the scruff of our necks and, with a hefty looking truncheon waved under our noses, we decided that we’d better feature a few police cars. First up is VA14001, a model of the Vauxhall Carlton 2.6 MKII as used by the South Wales Police in the early ’90s. Chosen instead of the more expensive Senator, these bog-standard Carlton’s cars were supplied by a Cardiff- based Vauxhall dealer. Deemed unsuitable for their traffic policing role, the Carlton’s cars were soon replaced by more powerful, specially modified Senators. First put together in 2004, the Ministry of Defence Police Agency was responsible for policing MOD properties. Although more security guards than police, all the officers in this force were armed to the teeth and fully trained in their use. Mostly seen cruising around in 4x4s, the MOD police also used the Vauxhall Cavalier as patrol cars. The VA13104 is modelled on one of these patrol cars – a 16-valve 2.0-litre Cavalier MKII. Thanks to the good guys at Toymod Ltd – the NZ Corgi/vanguards distributors – we’ve got one of these MOD Cavaliers, resplendent in ‘ jam-butty’ livery – to give away to a lucky reader; just answer the following question:
Q: What nickname was the Ministry of Defence Police Agency colloquially known as? Toenterthiscompetition,headto:classiccar. co.nz/competitions– competitioncloses20thaugust,2015. Corgi/vanguardsmodelsareavailable fromallgoodtoyandhobbyshops. Contacttoymodltd (Pobox18263,auckland, Ph095270122/fax095270144) tofindyourclosestretailer.
Clues Across: 1. Alternative model name used in NZ and Australia for Honda’s N360/600 minicar of the late ’60s/early ’70s (5) 8. Argentina-born racing driver (briefly) and industrialist who founded a car-building company in Italy in 1959: some became classics, but there were quite a few misfires along the way (2,8) Familiar name in Australian tin-top racing as King of the Mountain (5) US firm, builder of top-class aircooled luxury cars from 1902–’34, the last a V12! (8) 11. Low production Ukbuilt fibreglass coupé-bodied version of Citroën’s 2CV, 210 built from 1959–’64 (5) 12. British sports car (1962–1980), all-time best-seller sports car until the MX5 came along (3) 16. British coachbuilder ______ and Maberly became the Rootes Group’s supplier of top-range and special bodies from 1925 to 1967 (6) 17. Irish province, which lent its name to many sporting cars through its connection with the great Ards circuit Tourist Trophy races held from 1928 to 1936 (6) 18. Low-production British sports car built from 1935/6 through to 1956, old-fashioned in looks but a successful car in many forms of motor-sport activity (1,1,1) 23. US sporting car built by Mercury in the States from 1979–’86 — basically a rebadged Mustang of the time (5) 24. Model name for GM Oldsmobile’s big fwd luxury car built from 1965/6 through to 1992, sharing the GM E-platform chassis with Cadillac Eldorado and Buick Riviera (8) 25. Nissan-datsun’s long-time small-car model rival to the Toyota Corolla — classic, or not? Some of its hotter coupé variants get a pass mark (5) 26. British company, specializing in high-quality leather interiors for upmarket cars (8) 27. and Ellis was a UK coachwork company (1919–’38), best known perhaps for its stylish saloon and tourer bodies on 1920/30s Alvis and Lea-francis models (5)