’tis the sea­son

New Zealand Classic Car - - Editorial - Ash­ley Webb Ed­i­tor

By the time you open th­ese pages, Christ­mas will quite lit­er­ally be just around the cor­ner. As al­ways, the lead-up can be a stress­ful time for ev­ery­one. Leav­ing ev­ery­thing to the last minute seems to be the norm — well, for most of us, any­way — de­spite our best in­ten­tions not to make the same mis­take again the fol­low­ing year. As our minds clog up with last-minute work de­tails, what Christ­mas presents to buy, Christ­mas and hol­i­day plans, not to men­tion atrocious traf­fic build-ups, it’s prob­a­bly not a bad idea to take a mo­ment or two to take a deep breath, re­lax, and thumb through the pages of this mag­a­zine.

It’s prob­a­bly fair to say that most, if not all, Ki­wis have a soft spot for early Hold­ens. Af­ter all, most of us grew up know­ing some­one who owned a Holden, if there wasn’t at least one in the fam­ily. Th­ese re­li­able Aussie ma­chines are very much a part of our Kiwi mo­tor­ing her­itage, span­ning gen­er­a­tions of fam­i­lies ded­i­cated to the brand, who all have happy mem­o­ries of the Aussie com­pan­ion that’s ac­com­pa­nied so many of us on fam­ily hol­i­days, out­ings, and wed­dings; helped us out tow­ing the boat; or been great fun just to cruise around in.

As for me, while I thor­oughly rel­ish the chal­lenge of putting this mag­a­zine to­gether ev­ery month, I’m look­ing for­ward to tak­ing a few weeks off at Christ­mas to es­cape the dead­lines and recharge the bat­ter­ies. This year, my wife and I are off on a Pa­cific cruise — some­thing we’ve never done be­fore, so we’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to the new ex­pe­ri­ence.

Fi­nally, I would like to wish all our loyal read­ers, ad­ver­tis­ers, and con­trib­u­tors a merry Christ­mas and happy New Year. Drive safely over the hol­i­day sea­son, and we look for­ward to see­ing you next year.

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