Days of fu­ture passed

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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!

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