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The Motorhood is the new online home of NZ Classic Car and its sister publications NZ Performance Car and NZV8. You can enjoy articles from the magazines at The Motorhood homepage, themotorhood.com, or — if you want a purely classic-scene experience — jus
A tribute to the late Jack Brabham
Michael Clark pays tribute to one of the all-time great motor racing personalities, Sir Jack Brabham. Jack Brabham’s remarkable motor racing career included three world championships, and he was also the first man to take the title in a rear-engined car, as well as the first driver ever to win in a car carrying his name. Following his recent passing, you can read all about the life and accomplishments of this amazing man by visiting themotorhood.com and searching ‘Jack Brabham’.
The history of Ford’s flathead V8
When Ford Motor Co. introduced their new ‘flathead’ V8 design in 1932, it’s unlikely that anyone could have predicted how it would change the course of hot-rodding — and motoring — history. The flathead V8’s bang-forbuck made it an unprecedented hit with anyone after the thrill of speed, and brought affordable performance to the masses. We’ve compiled a timeline of the venerable flathead’s history — from its introduction in 1932 right up until production ceased in 1953 — and you can find out more by searching ‘flathead history’ on themotorhood.com.
Vining an old car — how hard could it be?
Have you ever thought about importing the car of your dreams from Australia, America, or even further abroad? Doing so, you’ll be faced with the potentially daunting prospect of getting the vehicle road-legal in New Zealand, and that includes obtaining a VIN. How hard could that be? Well, if you’ve ever wondered, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how the VIN process goes, what to expect, and how you can best prepare for it. Search ‘old car VIN’ to have a read.