Days of future passed
It would be hard to express how delighted the editorial staff members were as they worked on the 200th edition — we’d arrived at yet another milestone.
And here we are, celebrating the 300th edition of New Zealand Classic Car magazine. As part of the planning for this edition, I spent some time looking back over all those hundreds of past copies of the magazine, pausing every now and again as I remembered a particular car or owner, or a memorable road test.
Poring over all those ancient features, blurry blackand-white photos reminded me that we all live in a quite different world to the one which welcomed that first edition of New Z ealand Classic Car Directory back in 1991. Since those days, we’ve lived through the final days of Rob Muldoon, 9/11, the global credit crunch, and the tragic Christchurch earthquake.
Apart from all that, the look and feel of our world has changed irrevocably with the emergence of the worldwide web and the advent of online music, movies, books, and magazines.
For those of us on New Zealand Classic Car’s editorial team, this means placing ever more emphasis on digital media — already, the magazine you now hold in your hands is available online and ready to be read via your favourite digital device — and, as the years pass, there’s every chance that this magazine may, one day, be a publication that exists purely in cyberspace.
I wonder what the 400th edition of New Zealand Classic Car will look like?
In the meantime, an appropriately huge thank you to all our readers — quite simply, New Zealand Classic Car would not exist without you — and we hope you all enjoy our 300th edition.
Here’s to the next 100!