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His was the fi­nal year of pro­duc­tion for the 575M. Since it was re­placed by the 599, the 575M has qui­etly be­come an ap­pre­ci­at­ing clas­sic from the Fer­rari stable. With its thun­der­ous V12 wail and GT shape, the 575M still looks and sounds as beau­ti­ful to­day

New Zealand Classic Car - - FEATURE - TRANS­MIS­SION TOP SPEED 0–100KPH Dou­ble-wish­bone with coil springs, gas dampers, anti-roll bar / Dou­ble-wish­bone with coil springs, gas dampers, anti-roll bar Six-speed se­quen­tial with F1 pad­dles 325kph 4.2 sec­onds

get to their des­ti­na­tions safely and back home in the same fash­ion. For the ve­hi­cles to be road le­gal in New Zealand for the du­ra­tion of the tour (some are left-hand drive; some pos­si­bly wouldn’t pass a war­rant of fit­ness), they all must have a ‘Car­net’, which re­quires a bond equalling the value of the car be lodged with the New Zealand Govern­ment for the du­ra­tion of their stay. This en­sures the car won’t be sold while it’s here, thus by­pass­ing im­port reg­u­la­tions.

The Jewel that is New Zealand

The New Zealand tour was or­ga­nized and timed to the nth de­gree. There was the oc­ca­sional day or evening off, but, for the most part, the tour was as much about tak­ing in the lo­cal scenery and cul­ture as it was about driv­ing the roads. Each evening, din­ner and trans­fers to and from the restau­rant were ar­ranged, with a dress code in­di­cated.

To give you an idea of the itin­er­ary: The tour be­gan in Queen­stown then headed off to Glenorchy for a jet-boat tour up to­wards the World Her­itage Area of the Dart River. The fol­low­ing day, the mag­nif­i­cent Mil­ford Sound stepped up to the tourism plate. And not in a nor­mal ‘we-went-toMil­ford Sound-and-bought-a-post­card’ kind of tourist man­ner. Oh no. Jewel Tours put on nine he­li­copters, with mul­ti­ple land­ings atop glaciers and moun­tains, fol­lowed by a pri­vate lunch put on by the well-known Wal­lis fam­ily.

This grandeur con­tin­ued up the South Is­land, as the tour stays at the best ho­tels that can ac­com­mo­date the group, din­ing at the very best restau­rants that can seat them.

As the North Is­land came into view, the group headed straight from Welling­ton to the Tui Brew­ery in Man­gatain­oka, famed for its ap­peal to the well heeled. Yeah, right.

The next sev­eral nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tions were re­garded by those I spoke to as some of the most mag­nif­i­cent any of them had ex­pe­ri­enced — from Cape Kid­nap­pers (and

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