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I’ve been read­ing NZ Clas­sic Car since it first ar­rived, hav­ing taken the place of an ear­lier, more mod­est, pub­li­ca­tion pro­duced, it seemed, in a gar­ret on a pre– World War II Gestet­ner ma­chine — that was my no­tion of it at the time, but all that was a great many years ago and much has changed, and that, in this in­stance, is a good thing. Now, as an old geezer, I get to read NZ Clas­sic Car at a mate’s place when I join him to watch mo­tor sport on TV.

Any­way, I am well re­tired, with time on my hands, writ­ing to busy peo­ple with things to do and dead­lines to meet, so I will end this pre­am­ble and get to the point; some­thing you will no doubt be grate­ful for.

One of my favourite sec­tions in NZ Clas­sic Car is ‘Price on’ — of­ten con­tro­ver­sial, some­times mad­den­ing, but al­ways a sat­is­fy­ing read.

In an ear­lier col­umn, but a re­cent one, Greg wrote of his per­sonal cru­sade in which he is de­ter­mined to raise the age of New Zealand’s ve­hi­cle fleet, and, in this, he has in me a will­ing co­hort. It’s like this — in a few days’ time, my 1939 Oldsmo­bile will be back on the road again hav­ing passed all its in­spec­tions, be­come cer­ti­fied with a WOF, and re-reg­is­tered us­ing the car’s orig­i­nal black plates. The last time the old Olds was legally on the road was 1993, so that’s an­other strike for the good guys. I also be­lieve that there is an­other 1939 Oldsmo­bile re­cently pur­chased from ru­ral Christchurch that is to be put back to roadle­gal state by a guy in Ti­maru. Greg may be in­ter­ested in that.

Still, on an­other mat­ter — but stay­ing with Greg’s col­umn — he wrote of a ma­chine shop in Christchurch that could make any­thing, prob­a­bly not ba­bies, but cer­tainly the things that en­thu­si­asts of old cars may need to keep their rolling pieces

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